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PYP Learners Dance at Gosforth Civic Theatre

Young students dancing on stage wearing cloaks.

Our PYP Performing Arts learners blew the audience away with their Traitors style dance performance.


They have been working with Liberdade Community Development Trust and were given the opportunity to perform at Gosforth Civic Theatre. The learners were fantastic and it was amazing experience which they won’t forget anytime soon.

Charity Donation

Young male student presenting large cheque to lady from charity.

Our PYP learners presented a cheque for £300 to the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

Niamh and dog, Willow, came along to receive the donation on behalf of the shelter and thanked us for the money which will be used to buy food and bedding for the animals in their care.

A big well done and thank you to everyone who has supported our Thrifty Finds shop this term and helped us raise money for this local charity.

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Male learner sitting in classroom.

We would like to say a huge well done to 18 year-old-Ethan who is on his second year at Newcastle City Learning on our Programmes for Young People, Construction pathway.

Ethan attended a work placement with Newcastle City Council and Your Homes Newcastle as part of the Operations and Regulatory Services Team. He received great feedback from his mentor and this experience gave Ethan the confidence and skills needed to apply for a Traineeship vacancy within Newcastle City Council.

Ethan was successful in his application for the Traineeship and was offered a three month paid contract which he started last month. He will continue to study Maths and English at Newcastle City Learning one day per week throughout this time.

Ethan wanted to thank those who have helped him:

“The staff from Newcastle City Learning have all been a great help. I feel like I have been supported to always try my best. Steve, Kev and the lads I worked with on my work placement have been brilliant and made me feel part of the team.”

Looking towards the future, Ethan hopes to successfully complete his Traineeship and then go on to gain an apprenticeship. Keep up the great work, Ethan. We're very proud of you!

Heaton Art Gallery

A wall full of art work.

Our Heaton Centre is beginning to resemble an art gallery thanks to all the fantastic work being produced by our very talented learners. The tutors are running out of boards to display all of the wonderful work, so it can now be found on many of the centre's walls. It has certainly brightened up the old building and, if you're in the area, it's well worth a visit!   

colourful clothes placed on hangers on a rail

Thrifty Finds is our pre-loved clothing shop located in room WF2, which is on the first floor of Westgate College.

It's open every Tuesday during term time from 1.30 - 3pm.

All our items are of good quality. Come along and bag yourself a bargain!
A percentage of the money raised goes to local charities. This term’s selected charity is Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter. 

Treat for Midwives

A beauty student massages the arm of a midwife

Some of our Beauty Therapy learners recently visited the Birthing Centre, at the RVI, where they offered treatments to the midwives to thank them for all the wonderful work they do. Well done!

Safety Works!

Three learners dressed as police officers standing in front of a mock cell

Our 19+ LLDD learners visited Safety Works where they found out how to stay safe at home and in the community. As well as learning about safe Metro travel and fire and water safety, they also visited a mock police cell, where they enjoyed trying on police uniforms!

PYP Adventure

A young learner on a zip wire in the trees

Our Programmes for Young People (PYP) learners recently visited Dukeshouse Wood, in Hexham, for an action-packed day of adventure. They participated in a range of challenging activities, including abseiling, archery and high ropes. As well as demonstrating fantastic enthusiasm and resilience, they also worked hard to develop their communication and team-work skills.

Our supported interns at the launch event on 6 September 2023

An exciting new Supported Internship programme has launched this September to give young people with learning disabilities and/or autism vital work-based learning opportunities to help them to secure competitive employment.

The programme is a collaborative partnership between us, Northumbria University, Sodexo, and national charity DFN Project SEARCH.

Read more:


For details about our Supported Internships you can also contact

Georgia Grieve pictured with Pam Smith

A huge congratulations to one of our apprentices, Georgia Grieve, who won the Shining Star Apprenticeship Award at the recent Newcastle City Council and YHN Apprenticeship Achievement Awards 2023.


Georgia, who is a Customer Service Level 2 apprentice, is pictured here receiving her award from Pam Smith, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council.


Well done Georgia, we are all so proud of your achievement.

A pile of copies of Newcastle City Learning's 2023/24 brochure

Our new brochure is out from Monday 31 July. Look out for your copy being delivered through your letterbox or download our new brochure (pdf, 10.4MB) now.


This year we have detailed our whole offer right up to July 2024 so our prospectus is packed full of learning opportunities in a wide range of subjects to meet the needs of our local residents. Whether it's vocational courses, pre-employment training, skills for life and work, arts, photography and languages or community learning, we have lots on offer. You can also read about our employer responsive provision and our programmes for young people and for those aged 19+ with learning difficulties and disabilities.


Pop in to our Westgate College or Heaton Centre sites to find out more, or you can enrol online for many courses. We hope to see you soon.

One of our learners is standing in front of a clothes rail.

Thank you for all the donations of clothing, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac and to everyone who came along to support our Pop Up Shop and snap up a bargain. All the money raised from this term's shop will be donated to the local food bank. 

Our new battery recycling box

You are now able to recycle small electrical goods and household batteries at Westgate College. We hope to roll this out to our other sites soon, too.

Our young people's football team posing in front of a goal

Congratulations to our fantastic football team on their recent success as they finished runners up in the Newcastle United Foundation tournament with a win, two draws and only one defeat.


The whole team, made up of students on our PYP study programmes and our LDD 19+ courses, bonded so well on and off the pitch and showed fantastic chemistry throughout the whole tournament, with every player bringing 100% commitment.


The players are looking forward to the September league starting and a chance to represent the College again. Well done everyone!

Learners on a sponsored walk

Our Independent Living Classes have been very busy this term raising money for their chosen charities. As part of their Mental Health and Wellbeing project each class chose a charity to support. Monday’s class chose Samaritans and did a sponsored walk and Name the Bunny. Tuesday’s class chose Mind and did a sponsored walk and a coffee morning.


The learners raised a massive total of £433.51 which will be divided between the two charities. Some of the money will also go towards next term’s project to buy items to help the homeless and their end of year event.


Thank you to everyone who supported our learners.

Recycled art piece of a fish

If you visit us at Westgate College you will now see this wonderful art piece when you come into the main entrance.

A massive well done to our Tuesday art group who created this when working on their recycling topic, looking at how we can all reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.

The group designed, planned and made the piece themselves, and created it from old bottle tops and ring pulls.