Toon helps pupils net qualifications

The Newcastle United Foundation is working with Morpeth's Collingwood School and seen taking part in the course is class member Corey Haikney.

The Newcastle United Foundation is working with Morpeth's Collingwood School and seen taking part in the course is class member Corey Haikney.

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THE operations of a Premier League football club are helping students at a Morpeth school to net a useful qualification.

Newcastle United Foundation Enterprise Academy tutor Gavin Ferry is going into Collingwood School and Media Arts College on Thursday mornings.

A total of 13 Year 13 students are working through a NUFC booklet, which uses the club as a real life case study of the world of work, in order to achieve a Level One Employability Skills qualification from NCFE.

In January, a further 16 students from Year 12 will also take part in the course.

Mr Ferry said: “Collingwood School has been very welcoming from week one and it is great to work in such a setting.

“I am pleased that all of the learners have embraced the course and participate fully in sessions.

“They all contribute and are starting to recognise they all have the talent and skills that will help them progress, whether this is in education or a work environment.”

Collingwood was one of the first schools to benefit from the Enterprise Academy as their partnership started in 2009.

Dan Philipson, one of the students working towards the qualification, said: “I think it’s great and exciting doing this course with Gavin.”

During this academic year, the school will also benefit from Newcastle United Foundation’s United and Able disability football project.