Wiltshire College is celebrating a new link with the renowned Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts, which is endorsed by a range of celebrities.
The Swindon-based academy boasts 250 of the very best young performers in dance, acting and singing and through the new link with Wiltshire College, students will study a BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts alongside their training.
The Academy’s patrons include Ant & Dec, Robbie Williams and Arlene Phillips, and has Jonny Wilkes as one of three principals.
“Our mission is to provide the best professional training available, a school is only as good at its teachers,” said Mr Wilkes.
“At the Wilkes Academy, the teaching staff consists of the best working professionals possible.
“Professionals that are still very much at the forefront of their working careers.”
Earlier this week, Wiltshire College and The Wilkes Academy signed contracts to seal the partnership.
Amanda Burnside, Wiltshire College Principal and Chief Executive, added: “This is an important development for the College and will enable us to introduce new courses, adding to our existing performing arts, music and film offer; particularly at higher level.
“This partnership will provide more opportunities for young people in the region to gain performing arts qualifications and to progress on to fantastic careers in the arts.”
Students at the Wilkes Academy come from all over Europe, and beyond, and more than 80 per cent of graduates are now actively working in the industry.
TV stars Ant & Dec said: “Everybody strives for success and longevity in our industry, so it's vital to receive the best training possible.
“The teachers at Wilkes Academy can ensure you get exactly that!”
Each student has the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with current directors, choreographers, musical directors, casting directors, producers, singers and actors.