STUDENTS MAKE THE GRADE TO MOVE ONTO HIGHER EDUCATION

Congratulations to BTEC Performing Arts and A Level Dance students who will be furthering their education, talents and abilities at Higher Educational institutions.

The Performing Arts department at The Henley College are extremely proud of their second year students who have completed their work and are moving on to some very prestigious further education establishments. Programme Leader, Tara Choudrie has said: "Our students have worked so hard over the last two years, as a department we are so pleased they have been able to get into some very tough and well respected institutions."

We asked BTEC Performing Arts student, Megan Goncalves who will be studying the BA (Hons) in Acting at Bath Spa University in September, why she choose to study at The Henley College rather than staying on at Newlands Girls' School? Megan replied: I was quite nervous to leave the comfort of my sixth form school but as soon as I came to The Henley College on an Open Day and spoke to teacher Neil McCurley, I instantly knew I wanted to come here! After my two years here I definitely feel as though I’m more of an independent person and ready to start university in September.

BTEC Performing Arts student, Libby Welsh was the Team Dance Captain at the Christmas production of 'Grease' and in September will be attending the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  We asked Libby how the BTEC in Performing Arts has helped her achieve her goals? Libby explained: "Over the duration of the course we have been doing a lot of work based on strength and conditioning, as well as this we also cover a lot of techniques".

Jack Frewin who also studies the BTEC Performing Arts course has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the all the brilliant performances and shows that have been put on by the Performing Arts department and explained that if anyone is struggling with a specific piece of work teachers are on hand to help. Jack summarised his experience: “The Henley College has been an incredible stepping stone to the next part of my life, the tutors here have been so supportive in getting me to that next step". Jack will be going on to study the 1 Year Foundation Course in Musical Theatre at Read College. 

 

Back L-R: Emily Eyre, Vanessa Ela Barnard, Gemma Davies, Curtis Downey, Harry Assadourain, Doug Worth, Libby Welsh, Jack Frewin and Megan Goncalves. Front L-R: Wiktor Parzyszek, Lauren Miller, Lilly Hudson, Georgina Felisi, Georgia Stewart and Lottie Bell.

Students have been awarded places at the following destinations:

University of Chichester

A Level Dance students; Gemma Davies, Lilly Hudson and Lauren Miller as well as BTEC Performing Arts students; Georgina Felisi and Wiktor Parzyszek, will be attending the University of Chichester in September. Undergraduates are able to work with professional artists and academics in an environment that encourages creative and innovative performance for 21st Century audiences.

Read Dance and Theatre College

BTEC Performing Arts students; Vanessa Ela Barnard, Jack Frewin and Doug Worth will be attending Read College after completing their course. Read College specialises in Foundation Training for students wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts, whether purely as an actor or as a “triple threat” musical performer.

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

BTEC Performing Arts students; Harry Assadourian and Georgia Stewart will attend London’s International Drama School, Rose Bruford College in September. It’s one of the UK’s top specialist higher education institutions delivering education in a single subject: theatre training.

Royal Academic of Dramatic Art (RADA)

BTEC Peforming Arts student, Caleb Obediah will attend the The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in September. RADA is a drama school in London, England that provides training for film, television and theatre. The institute has built an outstanding reputation as a world-renowned centre of excellence, offering the best possible facilities, exceptional teaching and strong links with the industries that employ their graduates. 

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

A Level Dance student; Emily Eyre and BTEC Performing Arts student; Libby Welsh will attend the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance, Trinity Laban, in September. They are leaders in music and contemporary dance education whilst also providing exciting opportunities for the public to encounter dance and music.

East 15 Acting School

BTEC Performing Arts student; Lottie Bell will be heading off to the East 15 Acting School which, offers dynamic and unique courses for actors, directors, technical theatre specialists and students of theatre practice.

Laine Theatre Arts

BTEC Performing Arts student; Curtis Downey, will be going to Laine Theatre Arts where exceptional training is provided for anyone who wants a long career in professional musical theatre.

Bath Spa University

BTEC Performing Arts student; Megan Goncalves, will be attending Bath Spa University in September where over the three years the university aims to produce physically and vocally versatile, creative and employable artists.

Individual student destinations and courses:

Name

Destination

Course Title

Caleb Obediah

Royal Academic of Dramatic Art (RADA)

 BA (Hons) in Acting

Curtis Downey

Laine Theatre Arts

Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre

Doug Worth

Read College

1  Year Foundation Course in Acting

Emily Eyre

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance

Gemma Davies

University of Chichester

BA (Hons) Music With Musical Theatre

Georgia Stewart

Rose Bruford College

European Theatre Arts (Training the Contemporary Performer) BA (Hons)

Georgina Felisi

University of Chichester

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and Arts Development

Harry Assadourian

Rose Bruford College

American Theatre Arts BA (Hons)

Jack Frewin

Read College

1 Year Foundation Course in Musical Theatre

Lauren Miller

University of Chichester

BA (Hons) Dance

Libby Welsh

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance

Lilly Hudson

University of Chichester

BA (Hons) Dance

Lottie Bell

East 15 Acting School

Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts

Megan Goncalves

Bath Spa University

Acting BA (Hons)

Vanessa Ela Barnard

Read College

1 Year Foundation Course in Musical Theatre

Wiktor Parzyszek

University of Chichester

BA (Hons) Dance Performance