THIS week, Eden Court have revealed another year of consistently high exam results from their trio of SQA drama and dance courses, and have been earmarked as an exemplar of best practice by the Scottish Qualification Authority.
Supported by Highland Council and Highlife Highland, Eden Court CREATIVE provides tuition in National 5 Drama, Higher Drama and Higher Dance courses for students whose schools often can’t provide these qualifications.
All of the classes, assessments and performances take place over weekends and holidays to fit around regular schooling, and students can attend from all corners of the Highlands; so participation requires a lot of dedication and the results seem to speak for themselves!
Among the 35 students who took one the courses in 2014-15, the theatre has announced a 100 per cent pass rate, with at least 21 students achieving an ‘A’.
This shows even further improvement on the results in 2013-14, which also returned a 100 per cent pass rate and saw 12 ‘A’ grades from the 28 student intake.
The Higher Dance students did particularly well, with all six students achieving ‘A’ grades, and the results are being noticed in wider circles.
SQA recently contacted Eden Court CREATIVE to request video footage of Higher Dance classes to use as an exemplar of best practice throughout Scotland.
Lucy McGlennon, Eden Court CREATIVE manager, said: “Our SQA courses are going from strength to strength; each year, we are seeing more students taking part and their work continues to improve.
“We work hard to provide the best learning opportunities we can for these disciplines, which some students wouldn’t have access to otherwise and it’s wonderful to see those opportunities being recognised – we’re all incredibly proud of our students and the work they’ve produced!”
The 2015-16 session started during the summer holidays and this year received the highest number of successful applications to date, all three courses are at full capacity. Details for next year’s courses are published by Eden Court CREATIVE in December and anyone interested in receiving further information is encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, interview requests or to arrange picture opportunities, please contact Eden Court Marketing Department / email@example.com / 01463 239 841
Notes to editors:
- Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007, following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two, purpose-built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.
- Eden Court CREATIVE Arts Workers live and work in ten different areas covering the whole of the Highlands of Scotland, from Nairn to Skye, from Lochaber to Caithness. They specialise in making drama, dance and digital media activities accessible to both children and adults in the Highlands. Eden Court CREATIVE also employs two Additional Support Needs specialists, making the Arts as accessible as possible for the entire community.
- Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or National 5 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.
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