100% Success for College Dance students… 11/05/2017

Kidderminster College has an outstanding reputation for developing outstanding dancers and this year, 100% of students on the Level 3 Dance course have gained places at the most prestigious institutes in the UK for higher education study.

Rhianne Billington has been offered places at Edge Hill University and Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she has decided to study at Northern School.

International student, Ivana Stoeva, has been offered places at SLP College, Morea Performing Arts and Performers. She has yet to decide where she will go.

Carlie Shilvock has gained places at Shockout Arts, Addict Dance Academy, Liverpool John Moore University, Middlesex University and Edge Hill University. She will be attending Shockout Arts in September.

Grace Rayner has gained places at Laban, Laine Theatre Arts and Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts, she has decided to attend Laban in September.

Sophy Sherwood has gained places at Middlesex University, The Hammond School and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Bethan Minett has gained places at Shockout Arts, East London University and Edge Hill University. She will be attending Shockout Arts.

Charlotte Stuart has gained places at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), Shockout Arts and Addict Dance Academy. She has yet to decide where she will train in September.

Student Bethan Minnett says, “In September I will be moving to Manchester to continue my dance training and I can’t thank Ignite Dance at Kidderminster College enough! The staff on the course have all been so supportive throughout my time at college and especially throughout the audition process. Auditions have been tough but I knew that our teachers had given us the best training possible in order to prepare us for them. I wouldn’t be the dancer or person I am without the ignite dance teachers, the have challenged me in both academic and practical aspects of my training and I have learnt so much from each one of them! I am so excited to go away and continue training hard for a degree in dance and want to thank everyone at ignite for helping me to get there.”

The girls auditioned against thousands of applicants and were successful in gaining places on courses where some institutes only take fifty candidates. They competed against dancers from across the world to get a place. It is an outstanding achievement that all students who auditioned have been awarded places, giving the course a 100% success rate.

Ignite Dance Company have also been successful in obtaining a place at this year’s U.Dance National Festival representing the West Midlands, at Birmingham Hippodrome in July.

Course Leader Jessica Hall is very proud of their achievements, especially when some of the students arrived on the course with no previous dance training. “I am delighted with the success of the students on the Level 3 Dance course. As it is my first year as Course Leader, I am so pleased with how the learners have developed and how we can continue to build on the amazing reputation that the course already has. As a previous student at the college, I know that the dance course is a place where learners can achieve their dreams and gain the right training so they can get exciting jobs in the dance industry. I am proof of that! I would encourage anyone who is interested in a career in dance to come and see us here and find out more.”

Ignite Dance Company is an advanced training centre for dance based at Kidderminster College, offering a wide range of courses at Further Education and Higher Education level, as well as a growing number of community classes.  If you would like further details about our Dance Level 3 course or would like to apply, please see our website… https://kidderminster.ac.uk/delivery/dance-level-3-1718-1-year/


Thank you for all your hard work this year and your continued efforts in very unusual circumstances. We do hope you feel well supported by the College in this period of home learning.

We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how your GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined. This is explained in this STANDARD LETTER and we would encourage you all to read it, and to share it with your parents/carers where appropriate.

Your grades will be based on your classroom work and assessments completed since September and your progress reviews to date. They will also be guided by your English or maths tutor, who knows you best and knows how hard you’ve worked. Very specific guidance will be followed by the teachers in this respect to ensure consistency across the country.

Your English and maths tutors will continue to be in touch with you, and to set work, up to the point when grades are to be submitted and you should continue to work on your English and maths until this point.

It may be tempting to ask your teacher or tutor about your potential grades or about the work that they will be doing to determine them, HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD NOT DO SO. They will not be able to discuss this with you, and the grades will be confidential and subject to Ofqual processes and checks before the release date in the summer.

Once the grades have been released in the summer anyone unhappy with their result will have the opportunity to appeal.

Please refer back to our UPDATES page for any FAQ’s you may have.