Exciting times are in store for Performing Arts students both past and present at Yorkshire Coast College’s Westwood Campus.
The department has celebrated a fantastic year with regard to achievement as students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma achieved the highest grades to date, with 67 per cent gaining Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) and above.
The students’ success in their qualification has enabled 83 per cent of the graduates to continue their studies at higher education establishments.
Musical theatre student Leona Dale, who passed with D*DD grades was also awarded the Katie Wormald Memorial Trophy for her contributions to the course at the college’s Brilliance Awards.
Leona, who has been accepted to study Drama and Dance BA (Hons) at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “Doing performing arts at Westwood was the best decision I could have made after finishing school.
“I never thought I would have been able to achieve the grades I did and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of the tutors.”
Other students going on to further education include Jessica Godfrey, who will study musical theatre at Northbrook College, Mel Shotton, who will study stage management at Hull, and acting graduates Katie Wardman, Kerry Akroyd and Molly Moore, who will study drama at York, Manchester and Lincoln respectively.
New students at Westwood also have a variety of things to look forward to. Their induction to the college began with an American-themed week, complete with line dancing, American songs and theatre, as well as some American candy for the students.
Musical theatre student Zienna Haigh said: “It’s been amazing. I really liked getting to meet and work with lots of different people.
“The best part so far has been making the paper costumes, because everyone worked together to create something legendary.”