Wildcats work with Foundation Learning students at Rutland College
Foundation learners at Rutland County College have had the opportunity to take a LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) award as an extra qualification to their already packed 5 day programme, working together with Wildcats Post 16 Academy.
The students, all aged 16-24 years have been working hard towards Acting and Musical Theatre examinations. Each week, Wildcats has provided a teacher to run the sessions, teaching them all they need to know to get through their Entry and Grade 1 examinations. The project has been run with support from New College Stamford and was aimed at getting students with additional learning needs to develop their confidence. The students are due to sit their exams next week.
Caz Dolby, Founder of Wildcats Theatre School and Principal of the Academy said "We were keen to work with this group to show them how important performing arts skills are in developing confidence and self-esteem, even in those with additional learning needs. We have made the LAMDA syllabus accessible to all those taking part and are proud of every student who has taken part in the sessions."
Charlotte Darroch, Foundation Learning Co-ordinator for Rutland County College said "At the beginning the students were a little apprehensive as some of them had never done any acting or singing before, however they have surpassed all expectations and with dedication and hard work will all pass with flying colours. This experience has been invaluable as they have learned so many skills that are transferrable into other aspects of their course and definitely grown in confidence. A big thank you goes to Kelly –Ann who has worked hard with the students on their individual pieces."
Over the past 10 weeks Wildcats Academy have been working with a number of local schools and colleges teaching LAMDA courses. These have included Spalding Post 16 centre, Bourne Academy and The Kings School, Peterborough. The project has given post 16 students interested in performing arts the chance to achieve a professional qualification - students are taking exams from Grade 1 right though to Grade 7 and 8, the highest grades possible.
As from September, Wildcats Academy is a full time Post 16 Centre, offering BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in Musical theatre. The course will be based in Wildcats own Theatre School premises - in Castle House, Stamford. The course is free of charge to all 16 - 19 year olds and will offer a professional route into the Musical Theatre industry - with performances in the West End alongside technical development classes.