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38 Young People Achieve Nationally Recognised Arts Award

Posted 7th Feb 18

Integrated into our young people’s programmes, including our Garrison Youth Theatre, Garrison Summer Schools and Take Flight Summer School, our Arts Award moderation saw a 100% pass rate

The Mercury’s Make It team offer the nationally recognised qualification through as many activities as possible, recognising and accrediting the hard work that our young people put in when partaking in our programmes and activities.

The Arts Award assessment is based on the collection of evidence by the young person and used to create an individual arts log or portfolio detailing their experience of their chosen art form.

The most recent moderation phase, which was carried out by a Trinity College London moderator, was the final moment in the assessment process. It saw the presentation of work from young people who have taken part in our Garrison Youth Theatres, our Garrison Summer Schools and our Take Flight Summer School.

Both our Garrison Youth Theatre and Garrison Summer Schools work closely with young people from military and civilian families living in the Shrub End area, providing them with a friendly and positive space to explore their creativity, generously supported by The Postcode Lottery.

Our Take Flight Summer School was a week-long project tailored towards young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions, allowing them to experience high quality, creative opportunities in a professional environment and inspired by the Mercury Theatre’s summer show. Take Flight was supported by Action for Children and Essex Short Breaks.

The Arts Award moderator said:

“All selections are strong with high levels of evidence in each section. The portfolios are creatively designed and accurately marked. The young people have had rich experience and have broadened their knowledge of theatre. Well done!”

Martin Russell, Head of Creative Learning & Talent said:

“The Arts Award is a valuable qualification that allows young people to show what they have achieved, recognises their creativity and talent, and demonstrates commitment and interest in the arts.

I hope we can further support their future creativity and progression

“The Mercury Theatre is really proud of all of our young people who have taken part in the Award; and we are really happy to have been able to work with them on their creative journey. I’d like to thank every young person who took part for putting their trust in us and for coming to activities ready and willing to have fun and get involved! Through offering the full range of Arts Award levels. I hope we can further support their future creativity and progression.”

The Creative Learning and Talent team are currently working with groups of young people on the completion of their Silver and Gold Arts Award, the latter affording UCAS points when completed.

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Posted By Kristie Theobald

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