On Monday 7th March 2016, Heathermount's Key Stage 4 students were visited by Carl Patrick, a West End actor currently starring and understudying in 'Guys and Dolls' at the Savoy Theatre, London. Working on their new monologues, Carl visited Heathermount School to help these students further develop their work. Carl let the actors warm up at the beginning of the lesson and then worked with Aaron, Andy and Oliver, giving them specific tips on how to improve.
The Key Stage 4 students Aaron, Andy and Oliver are studying the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) acting course. Recently they have all been successful in their first ever acting exams which they travelled to London to participate in. A question and answer session ended the morning double lesson. Questions from the students included; ‘Do you like being an actor and why?’ ‘What kind of characters do you like playing?’ And ‘What was the hardest role you have ever played?’ Carl said of his visit:
I very much enjoyed my visit today. Working with these young actors makes me remember my younger days when I dreamed of acting on the stage.
At Heathermount all students are helped to become independent, confident young adults who are able to leave school and enter the world of further education or employment. No student has left Heathermount and become a government statistic for Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). All have either progressed to colleges of further education or into the world of work.
Our person centred approach is critical to the success of every one of our students, and there is a strong commitment to a positive and progressive school experience. The key to success for students lies within our capacity to individualise the learning experience around the young person's strengths and autistic needs.