ArtsEd Awarded ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED Report
20 February 2012
OFSTED’s rigorous inspection of the Arts Educational Schools, London has concluded that the school is officially ‘outstanding’ – the highest grading possible for a performing arts college. The official report said: “The message is uncompromising; ArtsEd trains students to be the very best musical theatre performers in the country.”
Likewise the Acting School was praised for its unique focus on film and television as well as stage training. As one industry expert said: “Students graduate with an extremely high level of knowledge and understanding of life on a film and television set, and are very well grounded, artistically, creatively and practically. They understand what every role is on a working film set, and not just from an acting perspective. ArtsEd is an excellent place for actors wanting to work in film and TV in particular.”
Jane Harrison, Principal of the Arts Educational School, said: “This endorsement is a tremendous accolade for the school. Our ambition is to provide the best quality training in musical theatre and acting for film and television in the UK. OFSTED has independently concluded that we do!
“This was an extremely thorough process. OFSTED investigated every aspect of our work and canvassed a wide range of independent opinion, talking to students, employers, agents, directors and other industry players. The extreme rigour of the process makes their overall judgement even more worthwhile. This is a meaningful ‘outstanding’ seal of approval recognised by staff, students and the industry.”
ArtsEd was praised across the board. In particular OFSTED commented on the high quality of ‘inspirational’ teaching and the commitment, professionalism and hard work shown by teachers and students. Inspectors were impressed by the high level of trust and confidence of the industry in ArtsEd’s training, and the willingness of practitioners to become involved in teaching and directing productions. Inspectors agreed the school ‘offers outstanding value for money.’ They also praised the phenomenal ‘employability’ of ArtsEd graduates. In 2010-2011, 100 per cent of Musical Theatre graduates had agents, and 95 per cent had work upon graduation. All of last year’s acting graduates secured agent representation and the majority of acting students secured employment within six months of graduation.
The full report is available at Ofsted | Arts Educational School, London