Miles Blanch, Year 11 student and Music Scholar, auditioned for the National Youth Theatre earlier this year and is one of only 560 successful young people (aged 14 -25) in the country. The National Youth Theatre was the first youth theatre in the world and was set up to train talented youngsters in theatre performance and technical theatre skills. To secure his place, Miles performed a monologue from John Godber’s play ‘Teechers’ and took part in a drama workshop. He said the experience of auditioning was really enjoyable and would encourage other young actors to audition. Miles will attend the National Youth Theatre acting Summer School in London in August. National Youth Theatre Alumni include famous names such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Matt Smith, Dame Helen Mirren and many, many others.
Miles has played a wide range of parts in serious drama and musicals but one of his main interests is in Shakespeare. He runs a Shakespeare company at school and he has also gained a place for this summer on the Globe Theatre Young Shakespeare Actor’s Summer School. After leaving school, Miles wants to study Theatre and English at University before going to Theatre School. His ambition is to be part of the Royal Shakespeare Company. If he was giving an awards acceptance speech today, Miles would say thank you to his School Drama teacher, Miss Byrom, and his former Drama teacher, Mr Williams, who he says have supported and inspired him.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.