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Several of the pupils we spoke to said that they’d come to ArtsEd because they weren’t excelling academically – ‘I really just like acting, I’m just not into this academic stuff,’ was a comment echoed by most. If so, they appear to have found the right school to help them find their academic feet. Chances to shine abound. ‘If you audition for a part and you don’t get it, you know there’ll always be another opportunity,’ a level-headed teenager told us. ‘It’s such a professional environment,’ a sixth former told us, ‘and the work ethic you’re taught to have is…

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Arts educational School, London, offers high class academic and vocational performing arts education to talented performers. Consistently high all-round standards make the school academically the highest ranked school of its type in the country.

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Since 2012, Adrian Blake (40s) BEd MAPgDip NPQH. Trained as an actor and worked professionally before finding he liked education, and retraining. Started his career as lecturer in performing arts at North East Surrey College of Technology, followed by a spell as director of thinking and learning and advanced skills teacher at Greenshaw High School. Moved to Lambeth Academy to become assistant principal, then came to ArtsEd in 2009, initially as director of teaching and learning. This background may help explain his consummate ease with modern education and its jargon – unusual in a performing arts school head. A fast-talking enthusiast, who seems genuinely to know the names of every single ArtsEd pupil past and present. Still teaches 15 periods a week (extracurricular martial arts included), and greatly liked by parents and pupils alike....

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