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North Kent College has just announced that the prestigious Lee Stafford hairdressing Academy is coming to North Kent College’s Tonbridge campus from September 2022. The Times finds out more…

North Kent College are expanding their Lee Stafford Academy which brings world class hair education to North Kent College’s Tonbridge campus from September.

Currently running at their Dartford and Gravesend campuses, the further educational establishment has decided to deliver the same world class training to its Tonbridge site due to the success and student achievements so far

“The offer is commercial, inspiring, and transformational,” a spokesperson for North Kent College told the Times.

“The Lee Stafford Academy provides 24, Level 2 and 3 Lee Stafford specific recipes, and the package of support which sits alongside these qualifications, which allows partner colleges to develop region-wide reputations as the ‘go to’ place for hairdressing training.”


‘I am delighted that our North Kent College, Tonbridge Campus, Hairdressing department is becoming part of the Lee Stafford Academy Foundation’


North Kent College’s Lee Stafford Education salons are the only affiliated salons in Kent and Southeast London and there are only nine across the UK that are open to the public.

Lee Stafford opened his first salon in 1996 and won Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year just two years later. The celebrity snipper regularly appears on This Morning and Britain’s Next Top Model.

Nicola Snell, Head of Curriculum for Hairdressing at North Kent College said: “I am delighted to announce that our Tonbridge Campus Hairdressing Department is becoming part of the Lee Stafford Academy Foundation from September 2022.”

She continued, “To say I am excited, is an understatement! Having worked with Lee across our other two campuses in Dartford and Gravesend, the quality of education and the skills being delivered by our master trainers on those sites is amazing. To be able to deliver the same outstanding standard to our Tonbridge learners is fantastic news for all!



“Being trained to Lee Stafford standards makes our learners more employable than others and ensures excellent progression opportunities into the industry.”

She concluded: “Our learners not only follow Lee’s guidance, but they also attend workshops with Lee and his team and compete in competitions with other Lee Stafford Academies.”

Speaking about his academy, Lee added: “Hairdressing is not a job, it is an art! My passion has always been education and my purpose now is to send the elevator back down for the next generations of talent so you too can live a life of passion.”

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