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The Stage/Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts scholarship winners 2017

Stroud winner Verity Taylor

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts has offered 114 awards in The Stage Scholarships scheme for 2017, writes Lisa Martland. The winners from across the UK will each receive the equivalent of a year’s free study, worth a grand total of £120,384

Isobel Inniss, 12, is a winner for PQA Maidenhead. “I feel honoured to have been given the scholarship,” she says. “Over the time I have been at PQA, I have not only built up my confidence, but I have made new friendships. When I am at PQA I feel I can truly be myself and be amazing!”

Bethany Wilkinson, 15, a winner for PQA Torbay, says: “I absolutely love it at PQA, and when I found out I got the scholarship I almost cried. I never thought I would get this opportunity as this sort of thing has never really happened to me before.”

Joshua Warden, 14, from Wickford, says: “I am immensely happy to have been given The Stage scholarship for PQA. Not only is this an honour, but an opportunity to broaden my skills. PQA has given me self-confidence to pursue my dreams and also a great group of friends.”

A winner for PQA Bromley, 11-year-old Charlotte Fletcher says: “It is a real privilege to have been awarded a scholarship. It has boosted me a lot in my drama and I feel a greater confidence when I am at PQA. Thank you.”

Also from Bromley is Karson Reynolds, 11: “I am so grateful to have won a scholarship. PQA has helped build up my confidence and I can’t thank them enough. I am truly bursting with pride and I will use my scholarship to better myself and make PQA Bromley proud.”

Kian Garvey-Ingham, 7, from Leeds, says: “PQA is outstanding and it’s a very nice place to be. You can just be yourself and have fun. My mum and I really value the scholarship because I am able to enjoy experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’ve grown so much in confidence since I started.”

Plymouth-based Owen Cook, 17, is equally enthusiastic: “I’m over the moon to win a scholarship at the academy and I couldn’t be more thankful for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to see what this year holds.”

Verity Taylor, 8, is a winner for PQA Stroud. She says: “This means so much to me as without this opportunity I would not be able to fulfil my dreams and develop my skills and confidence. I love every minute. Thanks to everyone who has supported me and made me so incredibly happy.”

Eight-year-old Evie England says: “I have had a fantastic five years at PQA Solihull and experienced some amazing opportunities. I am sure it is going to be an exciting year. Thank you to everyone for all the support.”

Sophie Stewart, 9, a winner for PQA Edinburgh, says: “When I read the letter saying I had been awarded the scholarship it made me feel fantastic – I can’t believe I was picked.”

Hailing from Stockport, 8-year-old Luke Crabtree says: “When my mum told me I was jumping for joy. I am so excited to be a part of PQA.”

Isabelle Fryer, 10, is a winner from Harrogate. “I am over the moon to be able to make new friends and do things I love,” she says. “I am learning at PQA and improving my skills as a performer.”

From Barnsley, 15-year-old Kian Bennett says: “This is a learning path that is crucial to me and I believe that the scholarship with PQA Barnsley will help me pursue my dream to become a professional actor. I thoroughly enjoy being at the academy, have made great friends and have loved the performance opportunities that have been given to me.”

Other PQA winners

Amersham: Kayleen Powis-Wallen, 11; Kiana Wright, 9
Aylesbury: Rufus Kampa, 11
Barnsley: Holly Musgreave, 10
Bath: Natalie Kennedy, 9
Bishop’s Stortford: Mollie Bush, 10; Emily Obasohan, 16; Evie Price, 13
Bolton: Alicia Garland, 14
Blackpool: Grace Wardle, 10
Brentwood: Robert Reid, 11; Honey Fenton, 11
Bridgnorth: Amie Attwood, 13
Bristol: Rayleigh Watson, 11; April Jay Sherman, 10; Felicity Anstey, 7
Bromley: Kai Carpani, 15
Cambridge: Kat Causton, 14
Cardiff: Caitlin Leonard-Jones, 11; Josie Thomas, 11
Cheltenham: Ava Sawle, 8; Matt Robyns-Landricombe, 14
Chelmsford: Georgina Hackett, 12; Jazmin Williams, 9
Chislehurst and Sidcup: Charlie Spencer Roeg, 7; Amelie Pang, 14
Colchester: Edward Flynn Haddon, 9; Charlie Borg, 13
Coventry: Lily Mcgrath, 9; Ben Charley, 15; Georgia Griffiths, 7; Alicia Richings, 7
Crawley: Rebekah Rhodes, 10
Darlington: Jessica Spence, 8
Dartford: Roli Enonuya, 16
Derby: Annette Hannah, 12
Eastbourne: Kiera Gladding, 8
Eastleigh: Jennifer Haydney, 11
Edgbaston: Amelie Durose, 7
Edinburgh: Katie Reece-Heal, 10
Exeter: Charlotte Moys, 13
Guildford: Rosalina Taylor, 13; Jess Nicholls, 17
Harlow: Emily Foucher, 8; Louie Sherlock, 9
Hemel Hempstead: Rivers Thomas, 12
Hertford: Tylan Hernandez, 10; Holly Cawsey, 12; Angelis Reece, 13
High Wycombe: Preston Shard, 11
Ipswich: Oliver Fraser, 14
Leeds: Eloise Kite, 11
Leicester: Ethan Dakin, 11
Middlesborough: Tobi Hamilton, 9
Milton Keynes: Taylor Jackson, 12; Templar Sanders-Wray, 9; Demi Sullivan, 12; Ellie Mason, 9
Muswell Hill: Afia Forde-Twenewaah, 6; Georgia Greensmith, 9
Newcastle: Lazaruz Zak, 11; Mia Knox, 10
Norwich: Josh Callaghan, 13
Nottingham: India Thorsby, 13; Shane Eadie, 11
Northampton: Caitlin Aldridge, 10
Nuneaton and Hickley: Chardannay Kirton, 9
Oxford: Ocean Down, 13
Peterborough: Lili Schiavone, 9
Plymouth: Briea Saunders, 17; Conner Earley, 15
Preston: Ruby Baker, 8
Reading: Caitlin Crawley, 13
Richmond: Jake Dalton, 12
Romford: Mia Delaney, 12; Louis Gould, 14
Rugby: Amelia Taylor, 7
Southend-on-Sea: Lewis Cox, 9
Sheffield: Adam Wearn, 15
Southport: Scarlett Ward, 12
Stratford-upon-Avon: Elisea Hooper, 15
Stroud: Edie Layfield, 7; Lily Wilmott, 11
Sutton: Lyra Lloyd Evans, 7; Brooke Skinner, 12
Swindon: Hannah Grieg, 12; Madison Secker, 6
Tees Valley: Rebecca Todd, 11; Matthew Williams, 8
Thanet: Jack Roberts, 13
Warwick: Hayden Polanco, 6; Amianie Terrey, 6
Watford: Shannon Barry, 14; Rebecca Barry, 13
Wickford: Jasmine Cormack, 14
Windsor: Charlie Caldarella, 16; Ben Holmes, 13
Wolverhampton: Angel Henson-King,11
Woodford Green: Mason Mitchell-Palmer, 9
Worcester: Charlie Smart, 14


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