Should I Consider Theatre School For My Child?

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Depending on your child’s career aspirations, many want to pursue performance arts related subjects. But it can be tricky to know if you’re making the best decision for them.

Theatre school is for those pursuing acting, musical theatre, dance, or music, with a wide range of different focuses within those subjects.

There are a number of benefits to taking your child to theatre school, not just for their excellent curriculum and support services. They also provide students with key academic progress, the potential of pastoral care in schools and a breadth of activities for your child to explore.

I’ve teamed up with a stage school in London to take a look at the questions and factors you should consider before making a decision.

Research

Take a look at the acting schools, theatre schools and other performing arts schools in your local area to judge for yourself which school will be the best for your child. All of these schools will provide a range of curriculums that work towards both GCSEs and inclusive training for performing arts.

Think about the processes, ways of teaching and particular aspects of your child’s education you want to include. It can also be helpful to take a tour of the school to get a feel for the teachers, asking relevant questions and what your child should be prepared for.

This is also the opportunity to learn about the drama school’s reputation, its standings in the educational rankings and reviews from other parents. Getting a rounded view of the school’s performance will give you the right tools you need to consider putting your child into the best classes for them.

Skills and development

Theatre schools are known for their immersive experiences, training young children to be at the top of their game and preparation for auditions and interviews in the future.

They also learn about social skills, understanding equality, respect and learning about issues in society. These give your child a huge perspective on how the world works and for them to develop their own opinions and independent thoughts.

Of course, theatre schools boast a wonderful curriculum that is designed to give your child extensive support in their academic studies. With classes in English, Science and Maths at minimum, and a breadth of other subjects available for children, then your child will be able to gain qualifications in the core subjects as well as professionally developing their performing arts career.

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