A specialist further education college in Shropshire has won a national award for forging a partnership which has brought exceptional and innovative experiences to Performing Arts students with special educational needs and disabilities.
The Natspec award for Innovative Partnership Working recognises Derwen College’s work with Rocking Horse Media, who use areas of the college as the location for their pilot television comedy/drama 'Henry House'.
The film company also provide meaningful work experience and industry information to Performing Arts students and supported interns.
Students and graduates have been able to access unique experiences, including working with well-known actors such as former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves, Doctor Who and Skins actress Annette Badland, and Doc Martin actor Ian McNeice.
Supported Intern Anna Redding (pictured above with Annette Badland) started a regular work placement with Rocking Horse as a runner and has progressed to acting, writing and even producing.
“I really enjoy my internship with Rocking Horse Media,” said Anna.
“I got to be a clapper at one point which was really exciting because I’ve never got to use the clapper before. I have also acted as a background actor.”
Rocking Horse Media supported Anna to create her own short film on short term memory loss condition (which she has) and introduced her to many industry professionals. They supported her to feature on a radio interview as well as securing her future work experience when she leaves this summer.
“Rocking Horse Media have had a massive impact on the Performing Arts pathway over the past year or so,” said Derwen Performing Arts lead Jessie Vaughan.
“With their consistent support and ideas, they have provided our learners with a range of experiences which include question and answer sessions, headshot workshops, careers talks, filming and editing our departmental shows to name just a few.”
For further information on Derwen’s Performing Arts Pathway visit www.derwen.ac.uk.