The future of Further Education in North Tyneside is set for exciting change after Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet) successfully won £6m of funding to move to a state-of-the-art new site.
We are delighted the Department for Education (DfE) has agreed to financially support our ambitious plans with significant financial backing.
In a significant redevelopment of facilities, we plan to relocate around a mile from our Coast Road Campus to Cobalt Business Park.
Funding has been secured from the DfE’s FE Capital Transformation Fund (CTF), launched in 2020 to rebuild and transform college estates nationally.
The date for building work to begin has yet to be set.
Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE, Chief Executive of Tyne Coast College, which operates TyneMet, said:
“This is very welcome news and a significant boost to further education in North Tyneside. It’s fantastic that the Department for Education has recognised the importance to learners of this planned relocation. While our facilities are very good, they are ageing, and a move to a new site will provide students with a far more modern learning environment. I’m very much looking forward to moving our plans forward, and I’m also grateful to the Department for Education for approving funding for this ambitious project.
Five years ago, TyneMet became part of Tyne Coast College, along with Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, also in North Tyneside, South Tyneside College and South Shields Marine School.
In the latest round of CTF funding, South Tyneside College was also successful in its cash bid for £20m to relocate.
Funding support will see the college move from its existing site at Westoe to South Shields town centre, around half-a-mile away.