Acting and film making are just two of the careers Giggleswick School’s Craven-based A level students have in their sights now they have achieved their grades.
Wil Richmond, who lives in Giggleswick, is heading for the prestigious Guildford School of Acting after bagging the required grades in his exams. Giggleswick has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in performing arts and all students achieved 100% A*-B grades in theatre studies and music.
Said Wil: “My big dream is to be in the West End and getting to Guildford means I now have a good chance of that happening. I have been able to play so many varied roles in a number of productions at Giggleswick and this provided me with the experience I needed for my audition. At school I have been able to take part in
everything from the choir to Combined Cadet Force (CCF), played first team football and still been able to focus on my studies.”
Wil has already experienced the bright lights of the West End stage. He played Alec d’Urberville in the Youth Music Theatre’s production of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, which enjoyed a run at The Other Palace Theatre in the Easter holidays. The London shows built on the success of the production staged in Winchester the previous summer.
A talented musician as well as actor, Wil plays guitar and sings with his band, Shrymp Inc, and he has also recorded a single with Zulu reggae artist Ras D Bongs.
The song, Somebody Like You, was recorded in South Africa after the two met on a National Army Cadet Force trip to KwaZulu Natal.
Meanwhile, aiming to make his mark in film making is head boy Miles Taylor, from Hellifield, who has become skilled in crafting videos and short movies after he co-founded Giggleswick Student Media, in 2015.
Now he has secured a place at Lancaster University to study film and literature. Before heading to Lancaster he has some work experience lined up in the production department for Disney at Pinewood Studios, organised by governor and former pupil Tom Coxon, who is a set designer for the film giant.
Miles said: “I have enjoyed so many amazing opportunities at Giggleswick, especially in my final year as head of school.”
Gargrave twins Matthew and James Ward are going to Northumbria University to study business and real estate respectively.
Classmate Isabelle Bargh, from Gisburn, is celebrating straight As in the three sciences and is set to study medicine at St Andrew’s University with a view to becoming a surgeon.
Isabelle said: “I’m really excited and I can’t wait to go to university! The support of the teachers and small class sizes at Giggleswick means I’ve got the grades and can follow my dream.”
Giggleswick is celebrating 100% A level pass rate and a 38% increase in A* and A grades this year. More than half of this year’s leavers are heading for Russell Group universities and 90 per cent have secured their first or second choice.
Mark Turnbull, head at Giggleswick said: “At a time of such great change in education, we are delighted to be exceeding national expectations with some excellent results again this year. What pleases me most is the diversity of achievements across so many different subject areas.”
For more information about Giggleswick School please visit the website www.giggleswick.org.uk or phone 01729 893000.
Giggleswick School is a 450-pupil, independent, co-educational day and boarding school set in stunning countryside near the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. Founded in 1512, the school offers a high quality education where personal development is a key focus alongside excellent academic results, providing young people with the skills, positive attitude and self-belief to equip them for happiness and success in today’s world.