Ashington High School

Ashington High School causes parent's anger by publicly ranking children's ability

Parents say children at Ashington High have been left "embarassed" by the latest performance table

Faerch Plast turnover rises 31% following two years of investment at Durham site

The Faerch Plast plant in Dragonville, Durham
Sales at the Dragonville food packaging specialist are up to £17.1m, and directors said more investment and expansion is planned for this year.

Chancellor attacked for claim Northumberland has 'flourishing' arts scene after cutbacks

George Osborne
Gillian Hambleton, whose Northumberland Theatre Company lost 100% of its Arts Council grant, said disparity between region and London is 'ridiculous'

Hours before polling day, what are the parties saying about Arts and Culture?

The Great North Museum Hancock
A new theatre for Manchester, £500m more for the arts and smoking back in pubs - just some pledges from the election rivals

Sage group on track to meet financial targets after strong first half to the year

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage
Software giant's revenue grows 6.5% and pre-tax profits 4.9% as business cements reputation as trusted partner to SMEs

Jobs at A&P Group's Hebburn base under threat as company enters consultation period

A&P Group's site on the Tyne updated
Nearly 60 jobs are currently under threat as the ship repair and conversion firm consult with staff and trade unions

Two North East seats among the 23 that Tories 'must win' for a majority government

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Market Street, Alnwick, as he campaigns alongside local Conservative candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Conservatives believe they can win an overall majority of they seize Berwick-upon-Tweed and Middlesbrough South

Ashington headteacher calls on the next government to stop failing children and give schools more

Andrew Day, head teacher at Northumberland Church Of England Academy, Ashington
Andrew Day, head of Northumberland CofE Academy, said education should be the mantra of every politician leading up to the General Election

Grainger agrees terms on sale of New Sovereign Reversions interest for £4.5m pre-tax profit

Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger plc
Chief executive Andrew Cunningham speaks of 'compelling opportunity' for attractive return while supporting joint venture partner

Durham mum's Fit Factor journey is changing her life as she powers to success

Stephanie Raine training with David Fairlamb
Determined Durham mum is vowing to continue on the track to success as she looks back on her Fit Factor journey

Business leaders in the North East raise pressure on next Government for devolution

Grey's Monument stands out in the Newcastle City Centre skyline
Research from IPPR North suggests widespread backing for devolution for the North East as a priority after Thursday's election

County Durham based MASfab wins seven figure contract to construct new subsea plough

MASfabs fabrication facility in County Durham
Project is largest to date for County Durham fabricator, which is targeting revenues of £3m within three years

Druridge Bay opencast opponents stage protest walk to raise awareness

The Save Druridge protest walk
Campaigners against a planned opencast coal mine near Druridge Bay in Northumberland held the demonstration on Sunday

First time North East housebuyers 'priced out of market' say researchers

New homes
First time buyers in North East on the region's median wage are £4,000 short of affording a mortgage on the average home

North East experts warn of the dangers of loneliness after reports reveal health risks

Anna Lynch Director Of Public Health for Durham who has written her annual report on social isolation
Reports have revealed loneliness can have the same strain on the heart as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

Gateshead Aircraft engineer who turns bits of planes into furniture set for Grand Designs stage

Stuart Abbott
Gateshead-based Stuart Abbott turns salvaged aircraft parts into a weird and wonderful array of furniture for homes and workplaces
George Osborne

Chancellor attacked for claim Northumberland has 'flourishing' arts scene after cutbacks

Gillian Hambleton, whose Northumberland Theatre Company lost 100% of its Arts Council grant, said disparity between region and London is 'ridiculous'

Durham mum's Fit Factor journey is changing her life as she powers to success

Stephanie Raine training with David Fairlamb
Determined Durham mum is vowing to continue on the track to success as she looks back on her Fit Factor journey

Fit Factor diary: David Fairlamb reveals how our finalists are training harder than ever

The Journal Fit Factor contestants being put through their paces by David Fairlamb
After passing the halfway point, our Fit Factor team are now pushing their boundaries in a bid to shed their weight and change their lives

Duke of Northumberland's ancestor's dramatic part in Battle of Waterloo

Major Percy’s carriage, far left, sets off on the journey to London with the captured French eagle standards protruding from the window
Exhibition at Alnwick Castle to tell the story of Major Henry Percy's dash from the Battle of Waterloo to London
The Faerch Plast plant in Dragonville, Durham

Faerch Plast turnover rises 31% following two years of investment at Durham site

Sales at the Dragonville food packaging specialist are up to £17.1m, and directors said more investment and expansion is planned for this year

Sage group on track to meet financial targets after strong first half to the year

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage
Software giant's revenue grows 6.5% and pre-tax profits 4.9% as business cements reputation as trusted partner to SMEs

J&B Recycling secure three-year Sunderland City Council deal, creating three jobs

Mark Penny, commercial manager at J & B Recycling
The Teesside-based waste management firm will process around 20,000 tonnes of recyclable material each year as part of the contract

What the political parties are saying ahead of Thursday's General Election

Party leaders, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage
There are big differences between left and right on future energy policy, but the topic has not been on the election agenda
Local elections in the North East: Everything you need to know

Local elections in the North East: Everything you need to know

Voters in Tyneside and Teesside will also go to the polls on May 7 in the local elections

Missing Consett schoolboy Alex Richards: Durham Police launch appeal to trace youngster

Missing Consett schoolboy Alex Richards: Durham Police launch appeal to trace youngster
Alex Richards, 15, was last seen at Consett bus station at 8am on April 30 when he told a friend he was going to Newcastle

Easington Lane brute jailed for 10 years for stabbing and sexually assaulting a mum in her own home

Easington Lane brute jailed for 10 years for stabbing and sexually assaulting a mum in her own home
Matthew Gallagher lay in wait for his victim at her home then repeatedly knifed her, pulled her hair out and threatened to rape her
Newcastle United feedback: The NUFC players don’t turn up, why should the fans?

Newcastle United feedback: The NUFC players don’t turn up, why should the fans?

Andrew Fowler answers Newcastle United fans' questions on all things black and white as well as whether relegation could help in the long run

Football legend Jimmy Greaves and his scoring record against Newcastle United

Football legend Jimmy Greaves and his scoring record against Newcastle United
With Jimmy Greaves lying seriously ill in hospital, we recall the ex-striker's exploits against Newcastle United and Sunderland

Newcastle United's honorary vice-president Malcolm Dix calls for unity ahead of WBA clash

Newcastle United's honorary vice-president Malcolm Dix calls for unity ahead of WBA clash
Newcastle United could be in the bottom three by Saturday night if they aren't careful and Malcolm Dix has called for wholehearted support
The Chapel in Ushaw College

Ushaw College welcomes the public with a programme of cultural events

One of the region's most spectacular complexes of buildings is keen to share its wealth of art and music

Hours before polling day, what are the parties saying about Arts and Culture?

The Great North Museum Hancock
A new theatre for Manchester, £500m more for the arts and smoking back in pubs - just some pledges from the election rivals

New director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival calls for submissions

Peter Taylor, the new director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival
International submissions are being invited under the theme of 'Fact of Fiction' for the 11th festival
Coronation Chicken on granary baguette

British Sandwich Week: A chance for North East venues to get creative

Themed butties and a competition for sarnie fans will feature in the North East during British Sandwich Week

Newcastle chef Maunika Gowardhan bringing out her first Indian food cookbook

Maunika Gowardhan
Maunika Gowardhan is about to bring her zeal for Indian food to a wider audience with her long awaited debut cookbook

Newburn's Box Social Brewing enters the fray with their own style of beer

Ross Holland from Box Social Brewing
Ross Holland from Box Social Brewing explains how the friendly nature of the Newcastle brewers helped their launch

Glastonbury confirm The Who to be the headline act for the final night

The Who will close the event with a bang, unless the fireworks get wet

Alps crash co-pilot rehearsed his plan on an earlier flight on the day of the crash

150 people on the Airbus A320, including three Britons, were killed when it crashed on March 24

Videos & Photos

The Chapel in Ushaw College

Ushaw College welcomes the public with a programme of cultural events

Surge in demand for commercial property points to stronger North East economy

The Journal Fit Factor contestants being put through their paces by David Fairlamb

Fit Factor diary: David Fairlamb reveals how our finalists are training harder than ever

 
 

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