Honours for young talent

PERFORMING arts pupils have celebrated their achievements at an awards ceremony.

Manor College of Technology in Hartlepool held an awards ceremony for students excelling in performing arts.

Students from Manor College with their music group awards.

Students from Manor College with their music group awards.

The ceremony was attended by around 200 pupils and teachers and awards were given out for outstanding achievement in music, dance and drama.

Caroline Cole, lead teacher for learning and drama at the school said: “The awards are just a big thank you to everyone at the school.

“The winners were all chosen because of their outstanding ability and they were all overwhelmed to be given the awards.”

The awards were handed out by ex-pupil, Hannah Marram, 18, who attended the Brits School - a school that boasts alumni such as Adele and Jessie J, and she has now gained a place at the prestigious Laines Dance School in London.

Caroline added: “Performing arts are at the heart of Manor College and to have a pupil of our own handing out the awards just shows how good our performing arts is.”

Over the past year, students have staged productions of Oliver, a dance show called Dance Like Nobody’s Watching, a Christmas concert, open mic nights and First World War and Second World War productions.

Caroline said: “Performing arts is exclusive of curricular ability and is open to everyone and that’s what makes it such a fantastic subject.

“The awards cap off what has been a great year for everyone at Manor College.”

The college’s performing arts department is so strong that they have been awarded the Artsmark Gold Award by the Arts Council and are able to offer music and drama at GCSE, as well as performing arts as a BTEC, which allows pupils to gain four GCSEs.

The college is now hoping to make the awards an annual event and next year plan to hold the ceremony on an evening and invite family members of the nominees.