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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

ArtsEd at the 2024 Olivier Awards

Posted on: April 15th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

Last night, ArtsEd’s School of Musical Theatre marked another milestone at the prestigious Olivier Awards, continuing a tradition that has showcased the talents of its students for over a decade. This year, the spotlight was on the 43 students from the 3rd Year School of Musical Theatre who performed at the celebrated event, held on April 14, 2024.

The 2024 Olivier Awards were not just a night of accolades but also a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the National Theatre. ArtsEd students performed as part of the choir in the finale, demonstrating their vocal prowess and collaborative skills in a high-profile setting.

Adding to the excitement, the ArtsEd alumni network was well-represented by Tom Francis, from the School of Musical Theatre class of 2020. Francis delivered a stunning performance in the “Sunset Boulevard” segment of the ceremony, supported by our 3rd Year students. His remarkable portrayal in the musical not only captivated the audience but also earned him the Best Actor in a Musical award, sharing the limelight with Nicole Scherzinger, who won Best Actress in a Musical.

Showcasing the event was two talented 3rd Year MT students who took over the school’s Instagram account, giving followers a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations and live excitement of the Olivier Awards. This engaging initiative provided a platform for our students to share their experiences and insights, connecting the ArtsEd community and broader public directly with the events of the night.

Our students’ participation in the Olivier Awards serves as a testament to the excellence and opportunities that ArtsEd provides. As we continue to support and nurture the next generation of performers, the visibility and experience gained from such platforms are invaluable.

“We are all thrilled for Tom and his Olivier Award win for Best Actor in a Musical. His performance in Sunset Boulevard was outstanding and career defining, and a testament to his talent and dedication. Congratulations Tom from all of us at ArtsEd!

It was also wonderful to see our current third year students performing in the finale of the ceremony, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Theatre.”
– Jonathan O’Boyle, Director of the School of Musical Theatre.

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ArtsEd would like to thank the Olivier Awards for their continued support in giving our students the platform to showcase their talent. Congratulation to all nominees and winners.

If you missed the Olivier Awards you’ll have the chance to see our talented 3rd Year School of Musical Theatre Students in their upcoming performance for the Pippin 50th Anniversary Concert on 29th & 30th April at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Students will be performing in the choir directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, Director of the School of Musical Theatre. You can read more by clicking the link below:

Pippin 50th Anniversary Concert

We are extremely grateful for the industry opportunities given to our students, setting them up for their careers as they move into their next chapter as performers.

In Memory of Jade Allen

Posted on: April 12th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Jade Allen. Jade passed away on Saturday 30th March surrounded by her loved ones.

Jade was a hugely talented, inspirational, and respected tutor within the School of Musical Theatre and the ArtsEd community, and she will be greatly missed by us all.

“We are all shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of our wonderful colleague and friend Jade Allen. Jade joined ArtsEd in 2022 as a Senior Acting Tutor for the School of Musical Theatre and brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the course.

Whatever she did, she filled the studios with joy and love. She will be greatly missed by staff and students alike and we extend our deepest sympathies to her husband Matt, and to all who knew and loved Jade”

Jonathan O’Boyle – Director of the School of Musical Theatre

ArtsEd Celebrates 2024 Part-Time Foundation Cohort

Posted on: April 11th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

ArtsEd proudly celebrated the achievements of its latest cohort of Part-Time Foundation students. This celebration recognised both Musical Theatre and Acting students, who completed their course on the 28th March 2024. The event was a vibrant affair, reflecting the hard work, dedication, and commitment of the students and their tutors.

A Journey of Growth and Discovery

ArtsEd’s Part-Time Foundation courses in Musical Theatre and Acting are uniquely designed to fit individuals who are passionate about pursuing a career in the performing arts while managing other commitments. Spread over two intensive terms, these courses are a deep dive into the essence of performance, offering rigorous training in the evenings and selected full Sundays. From singing technique and jazz, to acting through song and audition techniques, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the competitive world of performing arts. Working with esteemed and successful industry professionals across both courses.

Our Part-Time Foundation course is overseen by Maame Atuah, Head of Outreach and Short Courses. The Musical Theatre course, under the leadership of Luke Fredericks, and the Acting course, ran by James Westphal and Kristian Wall. Both courses have been heralded for their comprehensive curriculum and inclusive, supportive environment. These courses are not just about honing talent; they are about discovering one’s place in the world of theatre and film.

A Night to Remember

The celebration was a fitting finale to the students’ hard work, filled with, joy, laughter, and camaraderie.

Tutors James Westphal, Kristian Wall (Acting), and Luke Fredricks (Musical Theatre) were present to award certificates, sharing their pride and joy in their students’ accomplishments.

Attendees were treated to a reception of  bubbly, soft drinks, and an assortment of food, making the evening a delightful experience marking the end of this chapter.


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Looking Ahead

As these talented individuals move forward, the skills and confidence gained from their time at ArtsEd will undoubtedly serve them well in their auditions and future endeavours in the performing arts. The courses not only prepares students for the industry but also helps them ascertain if a career in musical theatre or acting is their true calling. Applications for the next academic year, September 2024 to March 2025, are now open, with a deadline of July 20, 2024. Aspiring performers are encouraged to seize this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the class of 2024  and embark on their own journey of artistic discovery at ArtsEd.

This is more than just a course; it’s a gateway to a future in performing arts. With expert tutors, a supportive environment, and a curriculum that balances practical skills with creative exploration, ArtsEd’s Part-Time Foundation courses are a great first step towards a career in the performing arts industry.
Maame Atuah, Head of Outreach and Short Courses

For more details on the courses, fees, and application process, please visit the link below.

Part-Time Foundation

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ArtsEd appoints Peridot Partners to find the new Chair of Trustees

Posted on: March 28th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

We are pleased to announce that the Trustees have appointed Peridot Partners to commence the search for ArtsEd’s new Chair of Trustees.


Peridot Partners, renowned for their Board Search programme, bring over 12 years of experience in recruiting individuals to boards, executive positions and specialist functional roles in similar institutions. Operating as a sector-leading specialist, Peridot Partners has garnered acclaim for their work in charity, non-profit, health, and education sectors.  Their values strongly resonate with ArtsEd, particularly their unwavering commitment to inclusivity and excellence across all sectors.


“The Chair of the Board is a vital role for ArtsEd, providing effective leadership to our governance structures, including chairing the Board of Trustees. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire organisation, we would like to extend our gratitude to Farida Mannan for stepping up as the Acting Chair during this transitional period.

As the pinnacle of leadership within ArtsEd, the Chair plays a pivotal role in guiding our institution. Through our collaboration with Peridot Partners, we are confident in finding a Chair who not only shares our organisational values but also possesses the capability to lead us as we deliver exceptional performing arts education.”

Ruth Mundy, Trustee and Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee


For those interested in learning more about the role and the application process, please visit the Peridot Partners website here:


We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings and look forward to welcoming our new Chair of Trustees to the ArtsEd community.


ArtsEd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff (permanent and visiting) and volunteers to share this commitment; all staff are required to undergo background checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 regulations and to hold an enhanced DBS.

Celebrating 50 Years of Magic: “Pippin” Anniversary Concert

Posted on: March 27th, 2024 by Joshua Robinson

This year marks a significant milestone for the beloved musical “Pippin,” as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is set to host a special anniversary concert that promises to breathe new life into the classic show. At the heart of this celebration is the director Jonathan O’Boyle, ArtsEd’s Director of the School of Musical Theatre. Jonathan’s vision brings together an amazing cast, including ArtsEd’s third-year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (MT) students, serving as the choir, and ArtsEd graduates, including Jac Yarrow and Zizi Strallen, creating a bridge between the school’s past and future.


Under Jonathan O’Boyle’s direction, the production revisits his successful run with “Pippin” in London and Manchester in 2018. With rehearsals starting up for the final performances on April 29th and 30th, the cast and crew are immersed in bringing the musical’s magical story to life. The collaboration with musical director Chris Ma and casting director Jane Deitch ensures a high caliber of performance, set against the backdrop of one of London’s most iconic theatres.


“I’m delighted to be directing the 50th anniversary concert of Pippin, having previously directed the show in London & Manchester in 2018. I’m thrilled to be working with the talented third years on this production, as well as ArtsEd graduates Jac and Zizi. It’s great to see emerging talent working with some of our esteemed alumni.”
Jonathan O’Boyle – Director of the School of Musical Theatre


Since its original Broadway debut in 1972, “Pippin” has enchanted audiences with its compelling story and captivating music by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. The original production, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, won five Tony Awards, establishing its place in the pantheon of musical theatre classics. The show’s revival in 2013 continued its legacy, winning four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.  Although smaller in scale, ArtsEd’s BTEC Musical Theatre Sixth Form students recently brought this incredible show to life at ArtsEd’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre here in Chiswick.


Pippin performed by ArtsEd Sixth Form BTEC Musical Theatre students


The “Pippin” 50th Anniversary Concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane is not just a celebration of a musical milestone but a showcase of the bright future of musical theatre. Don’t miss the chance to witness this magical blend of history and new talent coming together for two nights only this April.


Come watch our 3rd Year School of Musical Theatre in Pippin’s 50th Anniversary Concert:

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Pippin 50th Anniversary Concert Choir

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