South Shields popstar Jade Thirlwall who found fame with the girl group Little Mix, attended St Wilfrids secondary school in South Shields, before studying at South Tyneside College, where she recently revealed she studied English Literature, Media Studies, Fine Art, Pop Vocals and Hair and Beauty.
The first Geordie to win The X Factor, Joe McElderry attended Harton Technology College in South Shields before undertaking his AS Levels at South Tyneside College. He then moved on to Newcastle College right before finding fame, where he studied Performing Arts.
One of the most famous musicians to come from the North East, Sing (real name Gordon Sumner) was born in Wallsend and attended St Cuthbert’s Grammar School. He originally enrolled at the University of Warwick for a term, before returning to the North East to study at Northumbria University, when it was previously known as the Northern Counties College of Education.