New South Tyneside hairdressing academy is backed by celebrity stylist

Julie Sloanes, assistant principal at South Tyneside College, seated, with Janine Webber, a college work-based learning assessor for hairdressing, at the new Haven Court salon at South Tyneside District Hospital.
Julie Sloanes, assistant principal at South Tyneside College, seated, with Janine Webber, a college work-based learning assessor for hairdressing, at the new Haven Court salon at South Tyneside District Hospital.

A hairdressing academy in South Tyneside is aiming to be a cut above the rest– and has opened for business.

Lee Stafford Education Academy@STC, which is supported by award-winning celebrity stylist Lee Stafford and operated by South Tyneside College, has opened at Haven Court, in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields.

Lee Stafford.

Lee Stafford.

It is based in a recently-built £9million centre for integrated health and social care for older people.

The academy has been specially created to support the needs of older people – especially those with dementia – as well as their families and carers.

Open to the public, as well as service users, and boasting a range of hair and beauty offers, it is the second academy in the borough to bear the former British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year’s name.

The first, part of the national Lee Stafford Education tutoring and mentoring programme, opened in January within the college’s Westoe campus in St George’s Avenue, South Shields.

This is a fantastic new facility and one the public can really be a part of and take part in

Julie Sloanes

Julie Sloanes, assistant principal at South Tyneside College, said: “This is a fantastic new facility and one the public can really be a part of and take part in.

“Lee is a nationally-celebrated hairdresser and his academies teach the really strong techniques that ensure lecturers have the best and strongest skills, which helps maintain the highest standards within this industry.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for wellbeing and independence, said: “From the outset, we wanted Haven Court to be so much more than a dementia centre for our older residents.

“We wanted it to be a welcoming place where people could just pop in informally for a coffee with friends, or to have their hair done.”

Offers include a free luxury blow dry or free gel nails by collecting six stamps on a loyalty card which launches soon, with users also encouraged to “Like” the academy on Facebook or call 0191 427 3542 to keep up-to-date on special deals available at the academy.