Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

Successful students from the Apollo Studio Academy.
Successful students from the Apollo Studio Academy.
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Students at the Apollo Studio Academy were all smiles as they became some of the first people to pass their qualifications in the new school. The Year 13s celebrated a clean sweep of their BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care with 100% of students passing the course.

The new school offers students different educational opportunities, with traditional exams and work-based qualifications studied in conjunction with work experience with local employers. Students achieved their qualifications with the support of the local NHS, schools and care homes, who have each contributed to students’ 100 hours of required work experience.

Media student Rebecca Wilson, Heart North East drive time presenter Tom Campbell and drive time producer Craig Stewart, East Durham media lecturer Suzi Martin and East Durham College media student Lewis MacDonald.

Media student Rebecca Wilson, Heart North East drive time presenter Tom Campbell and drive time producer Craig Stewart, East Durham media lecturer Suzi Martin and East Durham College media student Lewis MacDonald.

East Durham College media students have been taught a radio masterclass by two stars of local North East radio. Heart North East drive time presenter Tom Campbell and producer Craig Stewart visited the college to talk to students about their different roles at Heart. Tom and Craig inspired the students talking about their careers, both having worked at various radio stations all over the country in a number of different roles, working up to where they are today. They showed the students some examples of work they have put together for their show and taught the students some important dos and don’ts of radio. Students prepared to put together their own radio shows on college radio as part of their course.

Head along to Castle Dene’s Creepy Cavern this Halloween on Friday from 10am to 3pm. There’ll be fiendish face painting, a devilish dress up crew and a Monstrous Mugshot Booth where you can be snapped in your freaky finery and it’s all free. You can even win £100 in its associated competition.

You are invited to the launch of The Birth of Billy Elliot Land by Maureen Taylor-Gooby, hosted by Dr Fred Robinson, Professorial Fellow of St Chad’s College, Durham, who has done extensive research about East Durham. The book is based on contemporary documents and describes how the villages of Easington Colliery, Horden and Blackhall Colliery began and developed. The event begins at 7 pm on Friday at St Cuthbert’s Church hall, Manor Wa. Refreshments will be provided. Let David Taylor-Gooby know if you wish to attend by calling 0191 5870008 or email David.Taylorgooby@btinternet.com

Calling all ghosts, ghouls, witches and warlocks. Get yourself along to the Halloween fun day tomorrow from 10am to 2pm at East Durham Trust Community House. It’s all free thanks to Thirteen Group.

East Durham College has launched a new short course in welding for 16 to 18-year-olds at its specialist facility at the College’s Technical Academy site, based on Peterlee’s south west industrial estate, will run for eight weeks taking place every Friday. Taught by leading industry professionals from the college, once completed, students will receive an industry recognised welding qualification. For more information on the course, contact The Technical Academy on 0191 518 5577. For more information on other courses in construction and trade skills contact the student services team on 0191 518 8222.