Day School & Sixth Form Graduate Stars in Disney’s The Shepherd


ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form proudly spotlights the recent achievement of one of its distinguished graduates, Scarlet Grace [Churchhouse]. In a significant career milestone, Scarlet stars as Sally, one of the main characters in the Disney+ short film, “The Shepherd.” This role not only highlights her exceptional talent but also underscores the world-class training provided by ArtsEd.

Disney+’s ‘The Shepherd’ is a captivating short film that transports audiences to Christmas Eve 1957, following the harrowing yet hopeful journey of Freddie, a young RAF pilot. Stranded and alone, with his aircraft’s instruments failing over the North Sea, Freddie faces imminent danger. His bleak situation takes a miraculous turn when he encounters a mysterious WWII-era Mosquito Fighter plane, piloted by a guardian angel who guides him to safety. This film weaves a tale of courage, resilience, and unexpected salvation, encapsulating the spirit of hope and the magic of Christmas miracles.

Scarlet’s performance in “The Shepherd,” a film that delves into themes of hope and perseverance, is a testament to the comprehensive hard work and dedication she put into her education at ArtsEd. Our Day School and Sixth Form have been instrumental in shaping the careers of many successful artists, offering courses that blend intensive vocational training with robust academic education.

“We are absolutely delighted that recent students from ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form are thriving within the industry.  Scarlet was an outstanding student, who combined all aspects of the ArtsEd Curriculum’, the vocational and the academic, whilst at the same time being a superb performer and ambassador for the School.  This is a wonderful testament to her remarkable talent, hard work, and professionalism, and demonstrates how these key attributes combine so well with the BTEC courses to enable students to prepare for careers in the industry.  She rightly deserves the accolades that this will bring, and we wish her every success in this and her future career.”

Peter Middleton, Headteacher, ArtsEd.

At ArtsEd, students are immersed in a vibrant and nurturing environment that encourages artistic growth and personal development.  The ‘ArtsEd Curriculum’ is designed to foster creativity and skill, includes a wide range of subjects such as Acting, Musical Theatre, Film Studies, and Dance, as well as the more traditional academic subjects.  This ensures a well-rounded education for our students through Years 7-11 and also into the Sixth Form, where the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts can be taken, or a more traditional A level pathway.

Scarlet’s success in “The Shepherd” is a reflection of our commitment to excellence in performing arts education. Her ability to bring complex characters to life on screen is a direct outcome of the comprehensive training and support provided by our dedicated faculty.

Behind the scenes of the film The Shepherd. Focused on a camera who has alumni Scarlet Grace in frame.
Behind the scenes of the film The Shepherd. Focused on a camera who has alumni Scarlet Grace in frame.
Behind the scenes on set of The Shepherd. WW2 military aircraft.
Behind the scenes on set of The Shepherd. WW2 military aircraft.
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Behind the scenes of Disney+’s ‘The Shepherd’

This achievement is not only a personal triumph for Scarlet but also a continuation of her family’s legacy at ArtsEd. In ArtsEd’s 100th year, we unearth memories, pictures, programmes and newspaper clippings to collate the rich history of ArtsEd together. While doing so, we discovered a whole family of ArtsEd students made up of three generations of women: grandmother, Lynn Sawyer, her two daughters Samantha and Claire Sawyer, and granddaughter, Scarlet Grace [Churchhouse], who recently graduated ArtsEd Sixth Form.

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ArtsEd is committed to nurturing the next generation of performers and creatives, providing them with the tools, skills, and opportunities to succeed in the competitive world of the arts. As we celebrate Scarlet’s achievement, we look forward to witnessing the future successes of our current and future students, who are set to follow in the footsteps of our distinguished alumni.

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