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College scoops hat-trick of awards at regional Hair & Beauty ceremony

9th February 2016

Hair and Beauty students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College are heading to the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) national finals in March after scooping a hat-trick of awards at the regional competition, held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

First year students Jade Gill and Chloe Matthews finished in first and second place respectively in the first year Blow-Dry competition and Martha Youngson finished third in the Gender Transformation category.

All three students will go now head-to-head with students from across the UK in the national final, due to take place on Monday 14th March. The Association of Hairdressers and Therapists was founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a national network of like-minded specialists who exchanged good practice and support.  Members of the AHT include teachers, trainers or assessors of hairdressing or therapy subjects, who are either working towards or currently hold teaching/assessing qualifications.

Lorraine Drayton, Curriculum Leader for Hairdressing at Newcastle-under-Lyme College said: “By competing in high profile regional competitions, our students gain valuable experience that they can continue to use when they enter the world of work.  The students did themselves proud and their latest collection of awards shows just how hard they have been working.”

She added: “We will be cheering Jade, Chloe and Martha on at the finals in March and we wish them the very best of luck as they compete on the national stage.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Hair & Beauty courses offered by Newcastle-under-Lyme College should visit or call 01782 245254.


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