A GROUP of students put on a hair-raising performance to make it to the finals of a national competition.
The sixth form hair and beauty pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, in Hebburn, competed in the regional heats of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists competition, in Gateshead.
The girls, Frances Davis, Theresa McFadyen, Sophie Braithwaite, Jade Harney, Courtney Hodgson and Rhianne Durkin, will now advance to the national final and take on teams from across the UK in Blackpool.
They won their place with their performance in the day’s main event – the total team look presentation.
The contestants were tasked with styling their hair, make-up and costumes and performing a choreographed dance routine under the theme, Night at the Theatre.
The girls chose to create an Alice in Wonderland-inspired look and dressed as characters including Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
Teacher Lynne Thompson, who co-ordinates the programme at the school in Mill Lane with colleague Ryan Gibson, said: “This is the first year that post 16 hairdressing has run as a component of the Be-Competitive Programme at St Joseph’s.
“We are immensely proud of what the girls have achieved. They were fantastic. The standard of work at the competition was extremely high and there were some very talented candidates to compete against.
“We are all excited for the National Final in Blackpool in March and wish the team well.”
Amanda Smith, who teaches the girls, added: “I’m delighted for the girls to get a place in the nationals in the Total Team Look Presentation, they were fantastic and a real credit to the school.”
St Joseph’s delivers hairdressing training in partnership with Hebburn Comprehensive School and Jaz Training as part of a successful post 16 programme of study.
Any students wishing to study hairdressing in September should contact St Joseph’s on 428 2700.