The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is extremely proud to announce that Chickenshed Theatre, who teach our Performing Arts BTEC Extended Level 3 programme has been nominated for the prestigious School of the Year Award, by arts publication giant The Stage.

Nominated alongside the National Youth Theatre and Arts Education School, Chickenshed Theatre is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary and has been delivering the BTEC courses since 1995, and is delighted to receive recognition for their efforts in educational performance-making.

Chickenshed stands out as an exceptionally successful performance arts-education institution, among other things, due to its unique emphasis on inclusive theatre.  Paul Morrall, Director of Education and Outreach said of the course: “It is performing arts training for students from a range of backgrounds as diverse as the inhabitants of London.  And this nomination is recognition of our success, and only goes to prove that inclusive theatre is not only achievable, but preferable.”

Chickenshed hopes that the award will inspire younger people interested in the Performing Arts, to “be brave and pursue their creative talents regardless of their background” says Paul.  No auditions are held for their in-take; instead they look specifically to approach and nurture learners from every area of society, and make performing arts accessible for all.

For those interested in a performing arts career, almost 80% of Chickenshed’s learners progress to Higher Education and 80% work in either performing arts or education. 

Jane O’Neill, Interim Principal and Chief Executive said: “Chickenshed is a highly successful, professional theatre so students are exposed to all areas of a working theatre, from performance to back stage electrical work and front of house ushering. This enables the students to become multi-skilled, practical and adaptable for employment and further study following their course”. 

For further information, and to apply for the BTEC course visit the Chickenshed website.

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