Archive for August, 2018

THREE ArtsEd Grads nominated for The Stage Debut Awards 2018!

Posted on: August 29th, 2018 by artsAdmin

For the second year running, The Stage Debut Awards celebrate emerging UK talent, showcasing cast and creatives who have made their stage debut over the last twelve months. This year, the categories include: Best Actress in a Play, Best Actor in a Play, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Director, Best Designer, and the Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award.

Last September, Miriam-Teak Lee, 2017 Musical Theatre graduate, took home the award for 'Best Actress in a Musical' for her outstanding performance in On the Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. In her acceptance speech Miriam-Teak shared her mother’s advice: ‘what you put in, is what you get out’, and that’s certainly the case with our graduate nominees this year.

We are delighted to announce that three of our 2018 Musical Theatre graduates have been nominated for The Stage Debut Awards 2018. Toby Miles and Amara Okereke for their performances as Marius and Cosette in Les Misérables, and Simon Oskarasson for his Ariel in Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Gatehouse Theatre. Thrilled with his nomination, Simon Oskarsson says:

“Playing Ariel in Return to the Forbidden Planet was exciting, challenging and a lot of fun. Working with such lovely cast, creatives and producers was an amazing first experience in the industry for me, which I’m very thankful for. I feel very honoured, grateful and absolutely over the moon to receive this nomination.”

Shocked and delighted, Toby Miles says:

“Playing such an iconic role in the longest-running musical continues to blow my mind. I am truly honoured to have been nominated for Best Actor in a Musical at The Stage Debut Awards – it was certainly a shock!”

And Amara commented:

“I feel so honoured and very lucky to have been nominated for a stage debut award. I am of course so grateful for my training at ArtsEd, without which I wouldn't be in the situation I am in. I am loving every minute of being in Les Misérables so this nomination is really the cherry on top of a truly wonderful experience.”

Principal and Director of Musical Theatre, Chris Hocking says:

“The Stage Debut Awards are such an exciting way of recognising young talent fresh out of drama school. I am so delighted that 2018 graduates, Amara, Toby and Simon have been nominated for their outstanding contributions. We wish all the nominees a wonderful evening celebrating their debuts.”

The winners will be announced on Sunday 23 September. Find the full list of nominees here.

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Show-Stopping GCSE Results for ArtsEd

Posted on: August 23rd, 2018 by artsAdmin

Once again, ArtsEd’s Day School has produced an excellent set of GCSE results with 100% of students securing six GCSEs with many students securing eight, nine, and even ten.
With the introduction of the new Top Grade of ‘9’, equivalent to A** (compared to the 8 previous grades from A*- G), ArtsEd has seen a third of students achieve this new grade in one or more subjects, and over 30% of all exam results were the highest grades of 7, 8, or 9.
Adrian Blake, ArtsEd’s Day School and Sixth Form Headteacher said:
“We are delighted that our Year 11 students have done so well in their exams especially with the changing landscape of GCSEs. To achieve so many Top Grades just shows how multi-talented our students really are, and I am enormously proud of each and every one of them”.

Day School Student Matt Oliver said:
“I’m over the moon with my results. I’ve put my heart and soul into my studies and it’s really paid off.
“Our teachers at ArtsEd don’t just teach, they support us with other vital aspects, such as organisation and managing stress. I could not have achieved this without the support of my teachers.”
Day School Student Francesca Causer said:
“ArtsEd is a stepping stone not just in education but also in how you change as a person – I’ve learnt how to feel confident in myself and how to do well.”
“The teaching is excellent – it is a principal factor in the high levels of achievement at all levels”.  ISI Report
Current ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form students have recently performed in West End productions of Matilda, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Kinky Boots alongside countless alumni. Alumna Samantha Barks takes on Julia Robert’s role in the premiere of Pretty Woman on Broadway, alumnus Thomas Dennis is playing the lead of Albert in the National Theatre’s UK tour of War Horse, Elena Skye is playing Eponine in Les Misérables on the West End and Hollywood’s new Charlie’s Angels line-up features alumna Ella Balinska.
If you are interested in joining our Day School or Sixth Form, sign up for ArtsEd’s upcoming Open Evenings.

Sixth Form (Yr 12 Entry) – Tuesday 25 September at 6pm
Day School (Yrs 7-10 Entry) – Wednesday 26 September at 6pm


Posted on: August 16th, 2018 by artsAdmin

Sixth Form students at ArtsEd celebrate the School’s best ever BTEC results with a superb 100% Triple Distinction and above (equivalent to three A Levels at A and A* grade).

The A Levels saw a 100% pass rate with 39% of all A Level results at A* / A – which is another year-on-year increase of the highest possible grades, and ArtsEd’s highest figure on record. Overall 68% of all results were A* – B, which once again is significantly above the national average.

ArtsEd’s Sixth Form leavers will be enjoying a summer break before heading off to a range of vocational destinations including; ALRA, Bird, Laine Theatre Arts, LAMDA, London Studio Centre, Mountview, RADA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Trinity Laban, and of course ArtsEd, with others choosing top choice university places, including Goldsmiths, Newcastle and York.

Those continuing their training at ArtsEd include students on both the BA in Musical Theatre, and Acting.


Adrian Blake, Headteacher for ArtsEd’s Day School and Sixth Form said:

“I’m really proud of the students, and staff, who have worked together so successfully to raise the bar yet again and secure such fantastic results.

“It’s the combination of talented individual minds meeting young talent here at ArtsEd that creates a truly dynamic environment for teaching and learning. Our dedicated staff build warm and constructive learning relationships with pupils, creating a strong ethos of nurture and individualism enabling each student to flourish and make a success of adult life. I wish each and every one of our students the very best for their continuing studies here at ArtsEd and beyond”

Sixth Form Student, Joshua Orpin said:

“I feel so overwhelmed – especially with my A Level Dance result, where I achieved two grade boundaries above what I expected. Being at ArtsEd has been the best experience. Coming from an amateur drama background, I came here with no training and have learned so much. I wouldn’t change my experience for the world and feel very lucky.

“It’s been a busy and stressful journey, but the training and support from everyone here makes ArtsEd the amazing place that it is. I’m really looking forward to continuing my training at ArtsEd on the BA Musical Theatre course.”

Sixth Form student, Niamh Bennett said:

“I’m so happy with my results. I didn’t expect to get an A* in A Level Drama – I couldn’t have done that without the amazing and dedicated teachers here at ArtsEd. The training here has been very different – there have been plenty of surprises, and it has shaped me into the person I am today.

“ArtsEd is such a supportive place, it feels like one big family and is such a great stepping stone for the future. Now I can’t wait to start the BA Acting course at Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in September.”

ISI Report: “The teaching is excellent – it is a principal factor in the high levels of achievement at all levels”.

If you are interested in joining our Sixth Form or Day School, sign up for ArtsEd’s upcoming Open Evenings:

Sixth Form (Yr 12 Entry) – Tuesday 25 September at 6pm
Day School (Yrs 7-10 Entry) – Wednesday 26 September at 6pm