Archive for May, 2024

ArtsEd Librarian Elected as Mayor of Hounslow

Posted on: May 29th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

ArtsEd is thrilled to announce that Karen Smith, our Learning Resources Assistant, has been elected Mayor of Hounslow. In recognition of her new role serving Chiswick and the wider Borough of Hounslow, ArtsEd is proud to support Karen by granting a work sabbatical to fully embrace her mayoral duties. 

Karen has been an integral part of our team, passionately supporting our educational mission and fostering a love for the arts including her monthly showcase of books from authors from minority backgrounds. 

Her election as mayor stands as a testament to her commitment to inclusion and the community. The role of the mayor is to represent the council in the local area as the borough’s “first citizen”. 

“Karen’s dedication to ArtsEd and the wider community has always been evident. Her new role as Mayor is a well-deserved opportunity, and we know she will bring the same level of passion and excellence to serving the Borough of Hounslow.”
John Antrobus – Head of Learning Resources

As Karen takes on her mayoral duties, ArtsEd remains dedicated to its role in the community, continuously striving to enrich lives through arts education. We look forward to Karen’s insights and developments during her tenure and wish her the utmost success. 

Our library is a wonderful space in our building. We are extremely proud of Karen and excited to see her apply her skills in this new capacity. We are confident that her contributions will have a lasting impact on our community.
Alex Gillespie – Director of Finance 

Please join us in congratulating Karen and offering her our best wishes for an inspiring term as Mayor of Hounslow. 

Find out more about the Mayors role here: Mayor of Hounslow | London Borough of Hounslow 


Sixth Form Career’s Day, Schools and Conservatoires Expo

Posted on: May 20th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

Today, ArtsEd hosted it’s highly anticipated Year 12 Career’s Day, an event designed to provide students with invaluable insights into the performing arts industry and higher education opportunities. Seventy-five enthusiastic students attended, eager to explore their future paths and gain knowledge from seasoned professionals.

The day commenced with all nine prestigious Performing Arts Conservatoires setting up stands in a studio where students could freely meet and talk to the conservatoires’ representatives. This interactive session allowed students to gather detailed information about the various higher education programmes available at institutions such as Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Guildhall School of Speech and Drama, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Urdang, Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview, LIPA, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, and ArtsEd.

Following this informative session, representatives from each conservatoire participated in a panel discussion. During the panel, they shared deeper insights into their programmes, answered questions, and offered advice to help students navigate their future educational and career paths.

After the panel discussion, students participated in a series of dynamic workshops led by industry professionals. Dan Hall, a documentary filmmaker, conducted a Producing for Film workshop, providing insights into the intricacies of film production. Dan Clarkson, writer and actor, led a Comic Devising workshop, where students learned the art of creating comedic content. Annie Tyson, acting tutor, offered a Shakespeare workshop, immersing students in the timeless works of the Bard. Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, a movement director, choreographer, and performer, conducted an MT Movement workshop, showcasing the vital role of movement in musical theatre.

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Dan Clarkson Workshop - Comic Devising

The day concluded with an agent panel Q&A session featuring two prominent talent agents. This provided students with the opportunity to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of the industry from the perspective of talent representation.

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Agent Panel with Jay Boyd-Rochford (JBR Creative Management) & Michael Harris (Apollo Artist Management)

“It was with great pleasure that the Sixth Form were able to host Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Guildhall School of Speech and Drama, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Urdang, Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview, LIPA, Royal Conservatoire Scotland and [last but certainly not least] ArtsEd, for the second annual Sixth Form Careers Day Schools and Conservatoires Expo.

This is a rare opportunity for all Yr12 ArtsEd Sixth Form students to meet one-to-one with representatives from all of these outstanding institutions as they begin to consider vocational options post Sixth Form. This was followed by masterclasses with current industry practitioners and a panel discussion with leading talent agents.”
– Tim Hunter-Reid, BTEC Acting Teacher and BTEC Vocation Guidance Coordinator

The Sixth Form Career’s Day at ArtsEd was a resounding success, leaving students inspired and better equipped to make informed decisions about their futures in the performing arts. This event not only highlighted the wealth of opportunities available to aspiring artists but also reinforced ArtsEd’s commitment to providing top-tier vocational guidance and education.


Registration for Sixth Form Open Evening is now available!

Find out firsthand what makes ArtsEd outstanding, watch live performances, tour our school and get your questions answered in our Chiswick home.

Find out more:

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ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form awarded highest accolade by the Independent Schools Inspectorate

Posted on: May 7th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

At the end of March 2024, ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form were inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) as part of their routine cycle of school inspections.

This latest inspection took place under the new framework that was introduced in September 2023.  There is no overall judgment of the school – ISI have removed single word judgments.  However, they are permitted to identify key areas of Significant Strength in a school.  It is a label applied only where a school does something truly exceptional and with impact across the whole student body; the bar is set incredibly high. Accordingly, I am thrilled that our inspection team identified the following area of Significant Strength at ArtsEd:

standards that students achieve in performing arts, in line with the school’s expressed aims, are a significant strength of the school.
​​ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 4)

The inspection, and report, place student experience and outcome, along with school culture, at its heart; consequently, it provides a much better assessment on whether schools do what they say they do.  During the inspection, ISI inspectors look at whether the standards (The Independent School Standard Regulations) have been met in the following five areas, and the report provides commentary to support its findings:

It was evident that the Inspectors left having really understood the essence of an ArtsEd education, our values, and crucially our students.  Not only was ArtsEd found to have met these standards in all areas, but the inspection team also identified a key area of outstanding excellence in our school – the strength of our performing arts provision.


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The inspectors also recognised key attributes of our students and staff, and the centrality of the ArtsEd Curriculum, our ethos and values, and the pastoral care. These can be seen throughout the report, and some examples are reflected below:

Leaders plan a curriculum through which pupils study a wide range of academic and vocational subjects. Pupils develop linguistic, mathematical, scientific and technological skills.  Leaders strategically plan ahead and adapt their curriculum in the light of the changing demands of the world of performing arts.

Pupils are articulate, attentive, listen with respect and enjoy opportunities to work together

Pupils have a sense of responsibility; they apply effort to their work and are self-motivated and ambitious
ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 17)

The leaders of the school have developed a culture of mutual respect and tolerance which is seen in the interactions between pupils and pupils and staff around the school.  Inclusion and diversity are prioritised by leaders with the recent appointment of staff and pupil equality, diversity and inclusion leads.
ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 38)

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The curriculum, school policies and school activities encourage and support an ethos of mutual respect where pupils appreciate the individuality of others and feel they can be their natural selves.  Pupils are kind and tolerant, and there is a clear focus on matters of equality and inclusion.
​​ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 27)

From their arrival at the school, pupils learn to accept responsibility for the standard of their performances and their behaviour. They develop skills of teamwork and leadership through the many opportunities to perform throughout the year.
​​ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 42)

The Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mrs Farida Mannan, is delighted with this outcome:

The Report is a testament to the dedication of the Day School and Sixth Form staff to our pupils, and also to the genuine affinity the pupils have for this exceptional school.The trustees are immensely proud of this achievement on obtaining such a positive report and we will continue to work with the leadership at ArtsEd to maintain high standards across all areas of ArtsEd’s offer. I would like to thank the Senior Leadership Team for leading this successful inspection and all of the staff for their attention to detail, support and continuous hard work.

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The inspection process is, quite rightly, rigorous and detailed and relies on extensive interviews with pupils and staff, lesson observations, work scrutiny and questionnaires.  The judgment of the school is built from the bottom up,  from the experience of our students and our parents.  

Leaders and managers have the knowledge, skills and experience to help pupils thrive and flourish.  They are highly attuned to the specific demands of a creative performing arts environment, where pupils need a challenging and broad education as well as a high standard of vocational training.
​​ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 10)

Further detail from the report describes the teaching of the performing and creative arts, our Significant Strength, as being:

inspiring and informed by current professional practice.Teachers have high expectations of pupils, who receive challenging tasks and are given a busy schedule of performance opportunities.  Pupils respond with focus and energy, producing work of a notably high standard both in the classroom and on the stage.
ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 22)

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The teaching of performing arts is dynamic and responsive to the needs of the pupils. It is delivered by professionals who have expert knowledge so that pupils make rapid progress and achieve results well above the national averages in these areas.
​​ISI INSPECTION REPORT 2024  (paragraph 4)

The Headteacher, Peter Middleton, reflects:

We are one of very few schools to have been described as exhibiting a Significant Strength as it is the highest accolade under the new inspection structure.This is a hugely exciting validation of all that we do here at ArtsEd. We know this to be a major feature of the education we offer alongside a rigorous academic education, where continual review of teaching and learning strategies is also part of our culture.  

We are incredibly proud of this feedback and it clearly reflects our school and who we are.  I am extremely grateful to the whole team here at ArtsEd for their hard work and support, and to all of our families for making our school and community a very special place for children to grow and succeed.

This Inspection follows the extremely positive affirmations for ArtsEd’s Higher Education provision, which was recently recognised as being Outstanding by Ofsted (Higher Education RADA funding) and was awarded TEF Gold in late 2023. Such accolades demonstrate ArtsEd’s commitment to delivering the highest calibre of teaching and learning within performing arts education.


The full ISI report can be found at this link: 

ISI Inspection Report 2024


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MA Showcase 2024

Posted on: May 3rd, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

Covent Garden’s Arts Theatre was abuzz yesterday as the School of Acting MA students took the stage, delivering an impressive series of performances for an audience of industry professionals, comprising of agents and casting directors/assistants.

“The MA is a specialised vocational course which is going from strength to strength, under George Richmond-Scott’s leadership. This success is perfectly illustrated in the creative and talented actors of Showcase”
Kim Vithana, Director of the School of Acting
MA full cast

“Being able to perform on a West End stage to industry professionals was an extraordinary experience. Working on the showcase for the past few weeks under the guidance of George has been an absolute joy, and I can’t wait to perform at the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre in June”
Catherine Grace, MA Student, Class of 2024

The MA Showcase 2024, which kicked off with a welcoming drinks reception, saw 28 promising actors demonstrate their skills through a variety of solo and paired scenes.

Starting at 1pm, the event featured a dynamic lineup of 30 scenes, allowing each of the students multiple opportunities to shine in different roles. The diverse array of acts provided a comprehensive display of the students’ versatility and acting prowess.

“The MA students have been such a delight to work with on their showcase – I’ve been really impressed with their professionalism, playfulness and determination to keep exploring and developing their skills.”
George Richmond-Scott, MA Course Leader

The showcase concluded in the foyer where students had the chance to engage directly with industry professionals, an invaluable opportunity to make connections that could shape their future careers.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to perform on a West End Stage alongside my extremely talented cohort, under the guidance of our incredible Director, George. It’s satisfying to see how far we’ve all come and present out work to the industry! I can’t wait to start working on our public shows!”
Tara Sowah, MA Student, Class of 2024
MA full cast


The students’ profiles, complete with headshots, are available on the ArtsEd website. Each profile can be accessed by clicking on the respective headshot at the bottom of this article.

School of Acting, MA, Class of 2024


Update April 2024: ArtsEd Investigation Terms of Reference

Posted on: May 1st, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

We shared an update yesterday that the external review has been extended to June 28, 2024.

This independent review, completed by Ms. Rezaie, requires additional time to ensure that all processes are thoroughly fair and duly followed.

For reference, our previous update can be found in the Terms of Reference, published on January 10, 2024, which anticipated an earlier conclusion by March 29, 2024, later adjusted to late April. All previous updates have been published below.

We appreciate your understanding as we look to uphold the highest standards of accountability and transparency.


ArtsEd was due to publish an update today on the progress of the investigation. I would like to inform you that the date for the publication of the Public Statement, with a summary of the conclusions for the Rezaie investigation, has been extended to 28th June 2024.

Farida Mannan
Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees



We previously shared in the Terms of Reference, published on January 10, 2024, that the Board of Trustees anticipated that it would release recommendations and a public statement by March 29, 2024.  Ms. Rezaie has updated the Board and advised that the publication date will be towards the end of April 2024.  Your understanding and patience are greatly appreciated.




The Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Ghazaleh Rezaie, a barrister from 12 Kings Bench Walk Chambers, to independently investigate allegations of misconduct.  We believe that all stakeholders should be able to access the Terms of Reference for the investigation and that is why it is being published in full below.

A deadline of 22 January 2024 has been set for people to be able to contact the investigation  We are committed to establishing a clear account of the events and identify lessons to be learned based on the findings.  We would encourage anybody, including all staff, students, parents and alumni to use this email address to contact Ms Rezaie.

Terms of Reference