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.

Union meets A&P Tyne bosses to negotiate the future of 58 jobs

A&P Group's site on the Tyne
Unite officials say the firm has promised to release temporary and agency workers before any compulsory redundancies take effect

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

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

Sage Gateshead announce former Prefab Sprout singer as learning and participation director

Wendy Smith is the new director of learning and participation at Sage Gateshead
Having worked in the team for the past 12 years, Wendy was given her new title by the Sage's incoming managing director, Abigail Pogson

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
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
A&P Group's site on the Tyne

Union meets A&P Tyne bosses to negotiate the future of 58 jobs

Unite officials say the firm has promised to release temporary and agency workers before any compulsory redundancies take effect

Mobile payment security provider Omlis grows headcount to 50 on the back of new contracts

From Victor Valles, Frances Stainthorpe and Latika Joshi of Omlis
With new work secured across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia, Newcastle tech-up is confident of achieving 2015 growth plans

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

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
Sir John Hall urges Newcastle United supporters to get behind the team

Sir John Hall urges Newcastle United supporters to get behind the team

The former Newcastle United owner believes fans should put their differences with Mike Ashley to one side

Gosforth mystery dog poo sprayer shames irresponsible pet owners

Gosforth mystery dog poo sprayer shames irresponsible pet owners
Piles of mess in Gosforth Central Park have been found sprayed in purple, with flags erected alongside warning people to beware

Newcastle bus crash: Flowers mark the spot where 21-year-old woman was hit by a bus

Newcastle bus crash: Flowers mark the spot where 21-year-old woman was hit by a bus
Friends have left bouquets and messages at the junction of John Dobson Street and New Bridge Street West where the incident happened
Bunny's First XI: Graham Onions looks back on his Durham debut in our exclusive podcast

Bunny's First XI: Graham Onions looks back on his Durham debut in our exclusive podcast

In the first episode of our 11-part podcast, fast bowler Graham Onions looks back at his County Championship debut, against Derbyshire in 2004

Premier League Darts set for Newcastle and here is all you need to know for Thursday

Premier League Darts set for Newcastle and here is all you need to know for Thursday
With Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barnevald in Newcastle, here is all you need to know about the event

Fabricio Coloccini was never the right man to be Newcastle United captain

Fabricio Coloccini was never the right man to be Newcastle United captain
Alan Shearer and Kevin Nolan showed how to lead the way at Newcastle, while Coloccini's open letter may just fall on deaf ears
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

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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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