South Shields pupils inspired by groundbreaking project

Students and staff at Mortimer College with certificates and trophies.
Students and staff at Mortimer College with certificates and trophies.

A South Shields school has celebrated the achievements of a group of students who took part in a groundbreaking new project.

Mortimer Community College, in Reading Road, is working in partnership with a new social enterprise launched in South Tyneside called Inspire Me.

The students worked with Inspire Me to produce a drugs awareness film which was screened at a celebration event.

This was attended by students, parents and special guests and involved the students making onion bhajis and having a taster session with papadoms and different chilies and Indian pickles. And that wasn’t all.

As well as being served a three-course dinner, the students were presented with certificates and trophies by headteacher Claire Mullane.

She said: “We are very proud to work in partnership with Inspire Me, a new social enterprise which was launched in South Tyneside.

“Inspire Me has worked with the students to produce a film on the subject of drugs and this celebration event is a marvellous way to celebrate the achievements of the students.

“I am very proud of the students who have completed the Inspire Me personal development programme.

“The students have not only developed important skills such as communication and team work skills, but there has also been an improvement of their behaviour in school and they are now showing a real can-do attitude.”

“Inspire Me have a real understanding of our students and they have built up a fantastic reputation in a very short period of time amongst students and staff alike.”

Inspire Me managing director Shah Amin said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with the students at Mortimer Community College, who have shown real commitment and determination to complete this important film project.

“They have been great ambassadors of the school.

“Our aim is to help young people reach their full potential and we are passionate about transforming young people’s lives.

“I hope the students we worked with have been Inspired!

“This project would not have been possible without the support of the Open Zone in South Shields and all of our partner organisations.

“We have a great sense of togetherness in South Tyneside and this has been evident throughout this project at Mortimer Community College.”

For more information about Inspire Me, call 07496 997246 or visit