Jon Bowen Rees (13-15)
Towards the end of my GCSEs, I was looking to continue training in drama. As a member of the Jackie Palmer Stage School, I was encouraged to audition for the full-time BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, being run by the new JP Academy. Knowing that I didn’t want to do A-levels, a practical course seemed perfect for my personal and professional development. JP Academy offers unique performance opportunities, and training from industry professionals.
My time at JP was an unforgettable experience. The tutors are dedicated to seeing students do their best in all disciplines: Drama, Singing, and Dance. Choosing to accept their individual guidance was the best choice, regardless of the discipline I decided to pursue in the end. This has let me become a well-rounded performer. Thanks to the guidance from the tutors, I discovered further training in singing at a Higher Education Institution, which will hopefully give me a career with longevity.
I am now studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on their four year BMus Degree in Vocal and Opera Studies. What helped prepare me the most was JP’s constant stress on performance presentation and precision: we always had to maintain a professional attitude towards rehearsals and performance. This stands me ahead of my colleagues now, who have come out of doing A-level examinations and don’t quite have the performance experience that JP Academy offered me.
Without the training from JP Academy, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
Georgia Ellis (13-15)
I joined JP Academy after hearing about the course from Lorna Blacker, the Course Leader. I had always looked at making a career in dance, so this was the perfect opportunity to put me on the right path, working towards my goals. I absolutely loved my two years at JP, being taught by an amazing calibre of talented teachers and being pushed to my limits and beyond on a daily basis. I was able to study new dance styles in addition to perfecting styles I was more comfortable in. I also got the opportunity to take acting and singing classes; these were so valuable in developing me, not only as a performer, but as a person as well! I am currently training to be a dance teacher. My time at JP really helped me grow as a dancer and I can now pass on these skills when I teach. I now approach all tasks in a more professional manner and my exponential growth in confidence has really helped create a drive to be inquisitive and always strive for the best in my current training.
Grace Taylor (13-15)
I joined JP Academy in September 2013. Prior to this I studied my AS Levels in Northamptonshire at Sponne School, Towcester. I had danced from a young age at a local stage school, where I met Lisa Bisgrove. My plan was to pass my A Levels and then audition/apply for dance colleges and universities, but after hearing about the new course starting at JP Academy, I immediately had to audition!
The two years flew by, in what feels like seconds, from then to now! I thoroughly enjoyed my training at JP. I cannot thank the teachers enough for not only their hard work, but the time that they all, individually, invested. For me, the commute was quite long every day, but it was 100% the right place for me to be. At JP, we all had so many opportunities during the two year course: from putting on our own Cabaret production to singing at the Ideal Home Show; getting out and doing things is the experience needed to help nurture a performer! The teachers were all absolutely outstanding and so inspirational. I went to JP as a sponge – to absorb and take on board EVERYTHING!
I joined JP Academy thinking I just wanted to focus on my dancing, but after the two years I realised how versatile a performer I can be. JP Academy really nurtured me into the person I am today (sounds cliché, but very true)! Before JP, I was unaware of how the audition process worked for colleges and universities. From knowing what to wear, to having to tape your sheet music… It’s the smallest things that make such an impression during an audition. I am proud to say I worked very hard at JP Academy and secured myself a place at Masters in Rayleigh, Essex, which is where I am training now.
My journey at JP Academy was amazing and the things I have learnt and the memories I have made I will keep with me forever. ‘Never forget those you meet on your way up because they are the ones who helped get you there.’
Student Progression Routes Include:
Masters Performing Arts College
Central School of Speech and Drama
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Bath Spa University
Oxford School of Drama
London Studio Centre
De Montfort University
Pinewood Studios Internship