After another brilliant year at School for Stage, we thought we'd let you in on a few secrets we have in store for you for next term and in 2020. There have been a lot of changes to School For Stage this past year and as the improvements continue we are excited to tell you about a few of ‘our favourite things’ that are coming up...
We are beyond excited to announce that in 2020 we will be performing a showcase in one of the oldest theatres in England, in fact, the third oldest in Britain. This will be the perfect setting to see your children perform on a professional stage and get to experience what it's like to be a superstar on the main stage.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to catch a glimpse of what they learn week to week. The venue is the ideal place to show off all the hard work our students have put in to their classes over the year.
Drum roll please... the venue for this year’s showcase is... You will just have to wait and see when we announce it next term.
Can you guess where it’s going to be? We have given you a little clue in our first paragraph and if you look closely at the picture above there’s a blurred picture of the venue.
Our mission here at School For Stage, is that we strive to 'mentor top performers on stage and in life' and we feel that by offering awards and exams we’ll be much more equipped to do so. We will provide all our students with the opportunity to develop themselves as confident, successful individuals through accredited examination boards. We have carefully chosen two quality schemes to ensure that we are providing valuable life skills that they can take with them later in life, regardless of the industry or path they may choose.
From September all our students will get the opportunity to work towards gaining a Arts Award as part of their regular School For Stage experience. You may be thinking, what is an Arts Award? Well, it’s is a unique qualification that helps mould and develop young people into artists and arts leaders. The Arts Award is the perfect way to compliment what our students learn in class whilst also earning them an accredited award that they can use later in life.
This award is accredited by Trinity College London along with The Arts Council England. Once completed, students will have earned an internationally celebrated certificate which is recognised by education establishments all over the world.
We are constantly working to create the highest standard of performing arts tuition that we can. In doing so, we are proud to announce that we are introducing additional LAMDA classes at all of our schools from 2020. However, unlike the Arts Award in which all students will participate in as part of our curriculum. LAMDA is one of the most recognised performing arts institutions for delivering excellence in the form of Communication, Performance and Musical Theatre examinations. The LAMDA classes will be optional to all those who would like to achieve further qualifications by completing practical exams in performing arts.
At School for Stage, we strive to teach to the highest standard as possible, but it never hurts to have a helping hand. So, this year we will be inviting industry professionals to our classes to pass on their knowledge to our students in the form of masterclasses.
The masterclasses will give our students the inside scoop of what it's like to be an industry professional. We will be inviting performers from all disciplines such as; acting for television, audition technique and presenting. Not to mention, for all our students who prefer to work behind the curtain, we will also be hosting masterclasses on; directing, SFX makeup, costume design and set design etc.
We are very pleased to announce our very first masterclass is already in the books. This will be based on Acting for Television, for our students who dream of being on the big screen. This masterclass will be taught by a gent who has extensive knowledge of Acting for Television dating back to his childhood. He has worked on some shows we're sure you will recognise; Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Heart Beat (ITV) and the Syndicate (BBC).
We're sure you're dying to know who the mystery man is. Well, we're afraid you're just going to have to wait until September... Sorry!
Following the soft launch of Report Cards and Star Badges, which have been received very well. We have decided that we would like to introduce a few more ways to recognise all the hard work your wonderful kids put in week in and week out.
We know how important it is for parents to know exactly how their child is getting on at School For Stage that’s why we are creating an annual report of your child’s progress in our classes. The report will be produced by the team and will detail what your child is doing well and how we’re going to help them improve, as well as any achievements that have been accomplished throughout the year.
We have introduced Star Badge collection system in which a student will earn so many of one category of badges, for instance, Red, to then move on to the next category, Bronze, all the way up to Gold. From September all student will receive a tracker sheet so that they can track their progress of Star of the Week badges,
We will be introducing a range of patches that our students can earn after specific achievements. There will be a whole variety of ways to win these patches including taking part in a showcase, being a member of School for Stage for a year or achieving their Arts Award. We are happy to take suggestions for achievements as we want this system to be as inclusive as possible so that everyone has the same opportunity to earn achievement patches.
We suppose we are living up to our name 'School' For Stage with this one, but we promise it will be nothing like the grading you might expect from a normal school. We have designed our own 20-point grading system based around a whole spectrum of performing arts in order for each and everyone to become the very best performer they can be! This will be mainly for our students to view themselves constructively as a performer as a means to improve their own creativity and performance skills. This is all about bringing them up and introducing constructive feedback to ensure they are growing to their full potential.
Over the past year at School For Stage, we have been trying our upmost to get more involved in our local community, not only to give back to the communities that give us so much, but also to get our wonderful students out and about for everyone to see.
For example, Longridge took part in ‘Longridge Does Christmas’ the shopping evening which is an annual event in their local community. Lytham St Annes even competed in ‘Lytham St Annes Performing Arts Festival’ as well as Club Day procession. Last, but certainly not least Lancaster team put on taster classes at the ‘Galgate Kids Treat’.
This is all in the effort of giving back, as a company we would be nowhere without all of you and our local communities and for that we say a huge thank you!
So, in 2020 we want to do even better! More community events, more giving back and getting your children involved in as much as we possibly can, it just doesn't seem fair to keep them all to ourselves.
We are always striving to be better and we cant wait to have our biggest and best year yet. We hope you will be joining us for the journey!
Very best of wishes,
The SFS Team