South Shields School students are given an insight into maritime college life

South Shields School

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

South Shields School students are given an insight into maritime college life

STUDENTS took the plunge as they explored the opportunities on offer at one of the world’s leading vocational and maritime colleges

STUDENTS took the plunge as they explored the opportunities on offer at one of the world’s leading vocational and maritime colleges.

Teenagers Caleb Pape and Josh Nightingale had just seconds to dress in cold water survival gear as hundreds of South Shields School students were given an insight into college life.

The 15-year-olds were set the under-a-minute challenge as part of a student fact-finding mission to the college.

South Tyneside College has built a global reputation for training in maritime matters as well as a host of other vocational courses.

Around 230 Year 10 and 11 students were invited to the college for the day to experience the range of courses on offer.

This included using the college’s virtual reality bridge, which can recreate ports and sea conditions from around the globe for students to pilot their way through.

Head of Year 10 and 11 and senior pastoral leader Helen George said: “It was such an incredible experience. I don’t think students realised what an amazing facility they have on their doorstep, where they can gain a host of technical and marine qualifications recognised around the world, from being a captain and an able seaman to chief engineer, welder and painter.”

South Shields School has forged close links with the college, which sees their students attend twice a week for personal development, numeracy, literacy and to experience what the various departments have to offer.

“Our headteacher is very keen to develop these links with our 14-16-year-olds which puts them ahead of other students and offers an insight into the incredible opportunities within vocational education,” Mrs George said.

“Being exposed to the full range of courses helps them choose the right one for them. It also gives them a global perspective and they really enjoy being treated like adults, which helps them mature. Our students have been amazing and the lecturers think they are fantastic.”