Our Performing Arts department are celebrating after not only receiving brilliant grades but after fully embracing Bury College life. They have also looked back on great experiences. 

Samuel Powner achieved a Distinction and is looking forward to progressing onto Stage School in the future. Samuel said: “During my time at Bury College, I developed my confidence, and I am now a more well-rounded performer.”

Elise Aldred also secured a Distinction, and the talented student earned herself the David Essex scholarship to study Musical Theatre at Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama.

Read more: https://burycollege.ac.uk/news/performing-arts-student-to-receive-full-scholarship-to-train-at-prestigious-academy   

The former Turton High School pupil added: “I have loved my time here, and I wouldn't be where I am now without all the staff.”

Back in September, four Performing Arts students gained vital experience showcasing their acting skills by starring in some short films about COVID-19 safety measures.

Read more: https://burycollege.ac.uk/news/performing-arts-students-star-in-covid-19-safety-video    

One of those involved was Hamza Akhtar. The former Matthew Moss High School pupil is also off to Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama. Like Elise, he also achieved a Distinction and had a great time studying at Bury College. He added: “The last two years have been an awesome journey. I have loved every single moment of it!”

Kerry Hitchen earned a Distinction, but her education over the last two years has gone far beyond the classroom. In June, she performed at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant Parade alongside first-year student Sadie Parker.

Read more: https://burycollege.ac.uk/news/bury-college-students-perform-at-the-queens-platinum-jubilee-pageant   

Kerry also loved her two years at Bury College. The former Bolton St Catherine’s Academy pupil added: “I’m really happy with my results. I have had some great experiences here and gained skills such as teamwork and communication. This will help me when I start the Musical Theatre course at the Institute for Contemporary Theatre.”

Daniel Tickner is off to work at Alton Towers after also getting a Distinction. The former Hazel Wood pupil said: “The course was great, and I feel like I developed my self-belief along the way.”

Andy Tomlinson, Head of School of Performance, added: “Our results this year are outstanding, especially in light of COVID and the lack of opportunity our students have had to develop their technical skills and confidence as well as performance craft. The extra sessions we put on and additional performance opportunities have really benefited our learners. However, most importantly the success was down to the learners individually. As a cohort, they have pushed themselves to improve and take responsibility for their own learning.”

If like Samuel, Elise, Hamza, Kerry and Daniel, you see your future on stage or screen, check out our range of Performing Arts courses: https://burycollege.ac.uk/courses/vocational/performing-arts-level-3