Whole College NEWS


Four of our service users  visited Buckingham Palace on 22/05/19 to be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This was an amazing experience and a great day had by all who attended. Students have worked immensely hard to achieve this award.

They were greeted and spoken to by Prince Edward, Earl or Wessex and presented with their certificate by Tom Chambers who gave an outstanding motivational speech.

To be awarded their gold presentation they completed three stages.

Within the first stage they completed voluntary work with Age UK also work on keeping a local park tidy by litter picking, completing a crisis collection during the Christmas period and arranging a Culture Shock awards evening for the college.

The second stage was that they had to do something to enhance their skills/physical ability. Within this stage the group held Boccia competitions and created a stop motion film by using still frames.

The third stage involved a week long expedition to Fife in Scotland  where they completed a range of walks. staying in various places they look at how accessible they were and then provided their feedback  about their experiences and the accessibility.

Students went all out to visit the Palace and all looked very smart.

They done us all at Hedleys College, themselves and their families very proud!

Hedleys College students become ambassadors to their favourite football team new social campaign ‘United As One’

Newcastle United Football Club, supported by its own former frontman Shola Ameobi, has recently launched a campaign ‘United As One’. We were thrilled to hear when the club had invited Hedleys College students, who are currently attending work experience at St James Park, to become the campaign ambassadors. Both Ewan and Harry are over the moon to become a part of the campaign that they strongly believe in. ‘United As One’ aims to end discrimination and inequality in football and society and improve social inclusion in the sport by linking the club’s work in the fields of diversity, inclusion and welfare under one banner.

Find out more at: https://www.nufc.co.uk/club/united-as-one

College Easter Disco

College Spring Ball 2019

This year on March 14th the students,families and staff attended The Grand Hotel Gosforth for their annual Ball. The theme was “Spring” and this was made more fitting by having a beautiful flower wall from Diane Makepeace who is also a photographer.

The event as usual was attended by past and present students who partied the night away to a fabulous disco provided by James one of our previous students who now runs his own DJ business.

The raffle was well supported on the evening raising £200 towards our fundraising project this year “Cafe @the College”.

A big thank you to all those that attended and the Grand Hotel Gosforth for hosting the event.

If you would like to receive copies of the photographs taken that evening please contact Kasha Gorowska at  k.gorowska@percyhedley.org.uk

Creating a new Cafe@Hedleys College

The Cafe@Hedleys College will be a warm, welcoming space where students can meet and spend time together socially and as part of their timetable, and enjoy nutritious meals in a relaxed atmosphere.

Students will also be able to gain valuable work experience in the specially adapted kitchen and serving area.

With your help we can make this a reality for these very special young people.

Press on Just giving Logo below to donate.

Skydive which planned for late August is our first announced  fundraising challenge.

Many of College staff including our Assistant Head Anne-Marie have signed up for this!

Please support us by donating HERE!



Hedleys –  ‘You are Welcome’ Accredited College

We work hard to ensure that our services are ‘young people-friendly’. We also work hard to spread good practice right across the Percy Hedley Foundation, where young people use our health services.
“You’re Welcome” is a National Quality Accreditation Scheme from the Department of Health which shows that health services have been assessed as young people-friendly, and are of a high standard.
The quality criteria cover ten topic areas:
• accessibility
• publicity
• confidentiality and consent
• the environment
• staff training, skills, attitudes and values
• joined-up working
• monitoring and evaluation, and involvement of young people
• health issues for adolescents
• sexual and reproductive health services
• child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
Hedleys College has been accredited with no recommendations, the first establishment to ever achieve this in Newcastle and North Tyneside .  Well done to Lindsay Elliot and her team at the College.

Sport Relief Week @Hedleys College

For Sports Relief 2018 Hedleys College took part in the ‘Whatever Moves You’ challenge.

The whole college walked, swam and bounced their way to the target of completing a marathon distance over the week. With lots of sweat, smiles and giggles we got through the week raising money for this year’s cause, Mental Health.


All students took part and we came together on the last day for a walk around Forest Hall to complete the final mile in sporting fancy dress. The grand total is to be counted and announced. Well done to all involved it was a memorable week.


Stephen Miller, Gold Medal Champion  visited College today –  Tuesday 20th March 

Stephen Miller, Paralympic gold medallist, visited the College to talk about his journey of becoming an Olympic athlete and travelling the world representing Great Britain. He gave an inspiring talk and encouraged everybody to work hard, push themselves and achieve anything they put their mind to – Thanks Stephen!


Stephen Miller, Gold Medal Champion  is coming to visit us on Tuesday 20th March @ 10 am. Come along and meet him!!! Say hello and  ask some questions.

Hedleys College Road Show

On Thursday, 2nd of November,  the Student Council visited Sir Charles Parson’s School (SCP). College Students: April, Aarezo, Shehab and Danielle represented College and offered school pupils from Post 16 the overview of the life at the college from the student perspective. This was the first 2017-18 Hedleys College Road Show.

SC is hoping to complete many more school visits before July 2018. Visits are ideal to promote our college and to support younger peers at schools with preparation for often difficult and stressful transition.

We received very good feedback from students and staff at SCP School. School staff commented that it was the first time they had seen some of the Post 16 students engaging positively in transition activities.

A massive ‘Thank You!’ and ‘Well done’! to SC for all the hard work to prepare for this event and to all staff who supported this fantastic opportunity.

Looking forward to the next visit!