TYNE COAST ACADEMY TRUST





Tyne Coast Academy Trust is a Multi Academy Trust which is sponsored by Tyne Coast College, a large general Further Education college comprising of South Tyneside College, Tyne Metropolitan College and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College.


Its aim is to support schools and colleges across the region who have joined together because they share a collective vision for excellence in education at all ages. The Multi Academy Trust believes children and other young people within its communities deserve outstanding academic and vocational opportunities and experiences from the moment they begin their educational journey to becoming successful people, able to lead happy, fulfilling and productive lives. It believes in building on solid foundations to provide an excellent education. Students come from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds, and the trust is committed to helping them to achieve their maximum potential, whatever their starting point.


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Tyne Coast College offers a new and exciting vision for education and training in the North East.

Their diverse and innovative vocationally-driven curriculum, close links to employers and ambition to deliver outstanding provision, puts students on a clear course to academic attainment and career success.

Created from a merger of South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College, their programmes meet the skills needs of this region and strongly support economic growth and prosperity.

Working from key campuses and locations, we offer students an almost unlimited range of vocational and technical qualifications, as well as an outstanding framework of A levels and sports opportunities.

Incorporating the former South Tyneside and Tyne Metropolitan colleges, their key brands also include South Shields Marine School, recognised as one of the world’s foremost maritime training centres, and Queen Alexandra Campus, which specialises in A level provision.

Their other specialist support includes Career College North East, a pioneering programme for 14 to 19-year-olds to learn engineering, advanced manufacturing, computer science or marine; TMC Campus, a specialist in construction crafts; IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation; the Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST), a UK-leading offshore training facility; and Creative Studios, which feature state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching in fine art, drama and theatre studies, film studies, graphic design, media, photography, and fashion and textiles. Overall, this provides an unbeatable offer to 15,000 full and part-time students.

Ever alert to the needs of business and industry, they are aligned to the SMART Specialisation themes for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the emerging Northern Powerhouse priorities, the Government’s focus on increased apprenticeship provision and adult skills, and the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park.






South Tyneside College, the Academy Trust sponsor, has a high degree of competitive advantage and a significant worldwide reputation based on the following key factors:

    • Good financial management, significant capital redevelopment and zero borrowing;
    • A modern, rationalised and revitalised campus, with world-class maritime and engineering facilities;
    • Good and improving quality and student outcomes – Ofsted rated ‘Good’ (December 2015, new short inspection regime);
    • ‘Outstanding’ Halls of Residence – Ofsted, November 2015;
    • ‘Meets all expectations’ - QAA HE Review (February 2014);
    • Well-established, highly experienced senior management, with excellent business and professional expertise;
    • One of the highest percentage non-funding body income in the country (51% in 2014/2015);
    • Very good employer relationships, worldwide, nationally and regionally;
    • Significant specialisms supporting regional and national priorities;
    • Outstanding KPMG/Tribal 2015 benchmarking against best performing Further Education colleges;
    • Strong relationships with employers regionally, nationally and internationally, and active membership of key employer bodies including IAMI, SEMTA, EEF, Chamber of Commerce, Advanced Manufacturing Forum, Maritime Skills Alliance, and Merchant Navy Training Board;
    • Good staff morale and employee relations despite significant workforce restructuring and contract renegotiation; good staff survey results, good relationship with trade unions, low staff sickness and low staff turnover levels, and Health and Wellbeing at Work Gold Award;
    • Successful introduction of 14-19 Career College North East, specialising in engineering, advanced manufacturing and computer science.

They recognise that the route to future success lies in maintaining the highest of aspirations for their learners and ensuring that, by the time they complete their studies, they are well-equipped to move onto the next phase in their education and future lives.





TyneMet is located between Newcastle city centre and the beautiful North Tyneside coastline. In joining the Tyne Coast Academy Trust they have have South Tyneside College they Their main campus is situated on the Coast Road, just minutes away from the city or the coast. Our dedicated Sixth Form College, Queen Alexandra, is located a few minutes down the road at Hawkeys Lane in North Shields.

Whether their students are studying to kick-start their career or as a stepping stone to Higher Education, they promise to provide the inspiration, knowledge and networks you need to achieve the future they want want.

TyneMet is the only STEM assured college in the North of England (Awarded by NEF in 2012 and re-accredited in 2016), which recognises their excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths. They are also the first Investor in Innovations college in the North of England (awarded by NEF in March 2015), which recognises innovation in their course design and the way they value and encourage creative thinking amongst staff and students.

Awards like these recognise their high-quality teaching and learning, rich and varied range of courses, first-class facilities and the passion and dedication of their teaching staff.


The College is working closely with our Walker Riverside Career Academy students to provide access to industry professional facilities and expertise, allowing our students to hugely enhance their learning.





Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College students receive the same level of support and guidance that they would within a school, alongside greater freedom in a more independent learning environment. They've brought together the expertise of John Spence Community High School, Marden High School, Norham High School and Tyne Metropolitan College.


As a College the have had many successes:

      • They were the first Investor in Innovations college in the North of England.
(In conjunction with TyneMet, awarded by NEF in March 2015)
      • Has a 99% pass rate.
(A Level results August 2017)
      • Support over 80% of students got into their first choice university.
(A Level results, August 2017)
      • Their performance is +4% above the national rate.
(A Level results, August 2017)
      • Pure STEM subjects achieved 100% pass rate and 61% high grades.
(A Level results, August 2017)
      • Their results for the new linear A-Levels showed a 98.1% pass rate.
(A Level results, August 2017)






Ridgeway Primary Academy aims to create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment in which children can achieve their full potential. They are proud of their improved Ofsted rating of 'Good', which they achieved in November 2016, which resulted in them being named the country's most improved mainstream primary for progress in writing at the end of Key Stage 2 - and the thirteenth most improved in reading, writing and maths combined.


The Academy Trust was initially born when South Tyneside College became the schools sponsor, a school which was statistically the worst performing in South Tyneside for 20 years. The success of the Academy Trusts' sponsorship has truly seen the school's complete turn around to the triumphant Academy it is today.






North East Futures UTC (University Technical College) is different from other schools because it has unique support and backing from local, high profile industry partners and employers. They have been involved in the establishment of the UTC from the start and are helping develop and support our curriculum. The UTC is sponsored by the University of Sunderland and has academic partnerships with all 5 North East Universities, who help make sure that they really can offer students the best of both worlds: technical and academic.


This means students can take advantage of the UTC’s specialist subjects while still taking the GCSEs and A-levels, like other students would do at an ‘ordinary’ school. UTCs are for students aged 14 to 19. This is the age when students will have a better idea of what they are really interested in and know whether they would enjoy learning in a more high-tech environment.


The North East has huge skills shortages in Health Sciences and Digital Technology industries; two of the fastest growing in the region. The UTC aims to help young people gain the correct skills and qualifications to thrive in these industries and help to grow the North East economy.