Hollywood Comes To Cheadle Hulme High For Trust Launch

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Pupils at Cheadle Hulme High School were treated to an extra special guest to help celebrate the launch of the Laurus Trust – a new multi-academy trust in the North-West of England with Cheadle Hulme High School as its founder academy.
Pupils were stunned to see movie megastar Orlando Bloom along with acclaimed stage actor Paapa Essiedu (best known for his recent acclaimed role of Hamlet at the RSC last year) and both actors’ former drama coach Patsy Rodenburg, who has created a unique Culture, Creativity & Rhetoric Curriculum (“The Cicero Curriculum”) for the students across Laurus Trust schools.
Workshops
The workshops involved students in Year 7 (11-12 years old) and Year 12 (16-17 years old) – inspiring the students to explore and enjoy drama, but also teaching skills that will also help them with university and job interviews, confidence, critical thinking, debating, general presentation and more.
Fantastic
Linda Magrath, Head Teacher of Cheadle Hulme High School, said:
“This was a fantastic occasion for all the students – it’s not every day that stars like Orlando and Paapa drop into our school! We are proud that Cheadle Hulme High Schools sits at the very heart of the Laurus Trust, which has big, exciting plans to really drive excellence in education in the North-West.”
“Our students and teachers already achieve outstanding results – this new approach and investment will take us to the next level.”
Andrew Law, Chairman of LFET, and the sponsor of the Laurus Trust said:
“Over recent years there has been substantial progress in the academic performance of many state schools and there are great success stories out there, especially at Cheadle Hulme High School – my old school. This is about building on that strong academic foundation – recognising that outstanding exam results are only part of the necessary skill sets required to win top university places and thrive in careers.”
Potential
“We want schools where students are able to reach their full potential and not be constrained by their family history or geographic location, and not to be afraid of failure.”
Orlando Bloom said:
“Studying the art of performance changed my life forever – opening the door to the career I love.”
“I believe that every student, regardless of where they went to school, deserves the chance to learn these skills and it’s fantastic that Patsy and the Laurus Trust are placing such importance on this area.”
Focus
“The focus on core areas like presence, rhetoric and performance is really giving these students the tools to succeed – whether its acting on stage or competing for the best jobs and university places.”