Hundreds of school children from across North Tyneside left their classrooms for the day to experience life in college. Five hundred Year 10 students checked out the courses and facilities at TyneMet's Coast Road Campus and the Queen Alex Sixth Form College.

The youngsters were from college's partner schools - John Spence Community High School, Norham Community Technology College and Marden High School.

The aim was for them to find out more about courses that might lead them to careers they're interested in. Subject areas included Engineering, Sport, Catering and Computing as well as the raft of A level courses available at Queen Alex.

There was plenty of 'hands-on' activities on offer. In Engineering, students were set the task of deciding - and then wearing - all the safety gear needed for a specific task. In Catering, they got the chance to make their own bread from scratch with award-winning tutor, Lynn Mitchinson.

The event was co-ordinated by TyneMet's Schools Liaison Officer, Emma Cockings. She said: "It was a great chance for students from our three partner schools to come together and explore what we have to offer them when they're ready to move onto further education. We have more sessions planned for October and next February. The invite is also open to all students from across North Tyneside to come and see us then."

The school students really enjoyed the day. Marden High student, Bethany Sharman wants to study Sport. She visited the sports team at TyneMet. She said: It was really enjoyable. I want to come here and study for the National Diploma in Sports Science. My mum did the course here a few years ago and is now a fitness instructor. I want to be a sports physiotherapist."

According to a survey carried out amongst the students at the event, 83% said they thought the day was either 'good' or 'brilliant.'