28th April 2017

In February, our students competed in the Southampton UK Rock Challenge competition and won! Their performance, entitled ‘Forbidden Hope’, involved a team of 70 dancers and stage crew told the story of the peaceful protesters caught up in the violence of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China in 1989. Their piece was praised by the judges who described the piece as being “very professional, dramatic and poetic”.

Not only were they awarded first place but they scooped no less than 15 awards of excellence (for areas including Choreography, Concept, Drama Skills, Soundtrack and Visual Enhancement) and qualified for the Southern Open Final, for an amazing fifth consecutive year! (We are proud to be the only college in Hampshire to celebrate such continued success.)

Last night they went on to compete against ten groups in the Southern Open Finals at Portsmouth Guildhall and WON! This win means that we’ll be promoted to the premier division of Rock Challenge in 2018 and places us in the top 10 competing schools/colleges in the south of England!

Our Principal, Alice Wrighton, is absolutely thrilled. She says, “I am delighted and very proud:  there’s a real buzz around the college today.  This win is hugely deserved by our talented students and by our very dedicated and professional team of Performing Arts teachers who have supported and developed them through this project.  It’s all about creativity, resilience, hard work and commitment, and I’m proud that the students who come to this college are given the chance to be part of this and other high profile enrichment projects, which lead them to achieve the highest standards,  beyond their expectations.  It’s great to take part, but when your team wins, it’s something special and these students will treasure the memory of last night, I’m sure.”