A Hartlepool secondary school has become the first in the country to receive an award for its commitment to science, technology, engineering and maths.
High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, will be visited by town MP Iain Wright and captains of industry on Friday to mark the STEM Assured award.
High Tunstall has been a specialist science college since 2007.
Headteacher Mark Tilling said: “This is fantastic news for High Tunstall College of Science and demonstrates the high quality of STEM subjects within our curriculum.
“The college works very hard with the business community and its partner organisations to ensure that our curriculum is aligned to current and future employers’ needs.
“I am very proud that High Tunstall is the first secondary school in the country to achieve this award and I would like to thank students, staff and everyone else who has contributed to this significant achievement.”
Over 200 children from primary feeder schools will also be given a taste of what High Tunstall has to offer.