Printworks Install New printer

Printworks, based on the Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate, have recently installed a brand new six colour large format Canon printer.

Complementing their popular digital and lithographic services, the addition of the large format option will allow for the production of eye catching posters, banners, photos, canvas prints and other point of sale products in full vibrant colour.

The first job to “roll off the press”, was a banner for Belford First School in Northumberland.

Head Teacher, Janet Robinson said…

“Thank you for the excellent work you have done on the banner for Belford First School. It was a pleasure to work alongside you all to produce a banner incorporating the children’s work that will be proudly displayed in the school entrance. You made the process from design to print easy, due to your teams approachable attitude. We are delighted to have been able to give you the opportunity to test out your new printer and look forward to working with you in the future on other projects. “

For all your print requirements contact Printworks on 0191 258 8907.


Hedleys Adult Services Achieve 100%

We are delighted to announce that Hedleys Adult Services was recently awarded 100% in a quality and inspection visit from North Tyneside Council!

This would not have been possible without the amazing dedication from our staff and of course the wonderful people who come along to the wide range of activities we have on offer.Adult Services Report

Well done to Hedleys College!

In honour of Sport Relief both students and staff from Hedleys College joined up with The Phoenix Detached Youth project this week for a canoeing challenge 2 miles along the Tyne Green in Hexham.


Many conquering their fears by getting into the river, A fantastic day was had by all! 

Thank you to our fantastic staff!

We would like to say a huge Thank you to our fantastic staff for their amazing efforts during last week’s poor weather!

We can’t stop essential lifeline support and many of our staff worked tirelessly to ensure our services kept running and that our service users were safe.

Thank you from the residents and people who attend Percy Hedley for your amazing dedication and support.

Severe Weather – Closure update

Percy Hedley School, Northern Counties School and Hedley’s College will all be closed to students today.

Our policy is to try and stay open whenever possible but we have made this decision weather conditions have worsened overnight and there are further weather warnings in place for the rest of today.

Staff working at these sites are advised only to travel to work if it is safe for them to do so.

Tor Coatings present cheque to the Foundation

We were delighted to welcome Karen from Tor Coatings into Percy Hedley School this week.

The building and refurbishment specialists chose the Foundation as their Charity of the Year and came in to present a cheque for £3476.66.

The company held a number of events including bake sales and Christmas jumper days, as well as introducing fines for being late and selling boxes of sweets.

Karen was joined by Terry, a former director at Tor Coatings who is also on the Foundation’s Mistletoe Ball committee. They had a tour of school and met a Post 16 class who were in the middle of an enterprise session.

The total raised by the company was also match funded by Rust-Oleum Cares.

The funds will help our work to continue improving the lives of disabled children, young people and adults in the North East.

Huge thanks to everyone at Tor Coatings and to Rust-Oleum Cares.

The Percy Hedley Foundation celebrated its 65th birthday today!

On the same day in 1953, our story began when Percy Hedley School opened its doors for the first time to 12 children with cerebral palsy.

Residents from Chipchase House and Ferndene Bungalows came together with people from Hedleys Able 2 to have a celebratory coffee and cake morning.

Chipchase resident Stephen Darke, who was one of the first children at Percy Hedley School in 1953 did the honours and cut the cake for everyone to enjoy.

It was Stephen’s parents, Stephen and Molly Darke, who first campaigned for a school where their disabled son, and others like him, could go.

They wrote to the Evening Chronicle, appealing for other parents for cerebral palsy children to come forward.

Funding came from the Percy Hedley Foundation, a Trust created after the death of a local engineer to support charities in the North East.

Over six decades, the Foundation has grown from a small school to provide support for 1,000 families a year, offering a range of residential and day services.

Happy Birthday to us!

Today we mark 65 years since Percy Hedley School first opened its doors to 12 children with cerebral palsy.

From humble beginnings, we are very proud to have grown to become one of the leading charities supporting disabled people.

To read about how it all began click here