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Careers in Theatre!

Students from the BTEC Performing Arts classes spent a whole day at the Half Moon Theatre in Limehouse working with industry professionals in varying disciplines including lighting, design, stage management, sound and performance to create a fantastic piece of theatre in just one day! This was based on an exciting extract from a script currently in development at the theatre. Students drew on their creativity and worked alongside professionals gaining knowledge and experience of the work that goes on behind the scenes to create a professional performance.

Tahsin from Year 9 said, “I would definitely consider a career in theatre after this experience, not just because of how fun it was but because I would love to do it as a job and now I can consider other things like lighting and not just acting.”


By Daniella Blackford – Acting Head of Drama

Fearless Futures!

About Fearless Futures

This Peer Power programme is eight weeks long. It supports young female students in Year 12 to develop their knowledge and understanding of gender and connected inequalities. Girls critically engage with the invisibilised and normalised messages which shape their experiences of the world. In addition, they work collaboratively to create a workshop that they deliver to year 8 female students, developing powerful and transformative new ways to lead within their communities.

The programme engages year 12 female students in eight deep experiential learning episodes to:

  • Enhance their critical thinking
  • Develop their meta-cognition through reflecting on the process of learning
  • Build on their confidence and grow their resilience
  • Refine their leadership capacity

We are offering transformational opportunity to 12 year 12 female students again this year.

Quotes from students who took part last year:

Aissatou Djabi

“I enjoyed the Fearless Futures programme because it was so much fun! I found it useful to talk about the struggles that women go through. My favourite part was having open discussions with other members of the group in a female only safe space. I felt that everybody’s opinion was respected. It helped me realise that a lot of the barriers women face are shared and not necessarily spoken about. It allowed me to find confidence within myself to speak openly about the inequalities within society from a gender perspective.”


Amina Ghedda 1

“We were able to have an open dialogue about the barriers that women face in society. My favourite part of the programme was presenting our project work to a group of year 8 girls. This allowed me to overcome my fears in presenting to an audience.”

Hamdi Mohamed

“I realised that being a young woman is not a weakness but a powerful status that helps me to work hard so that I can overcome obstacles.”

Swanlea’s Bursary Winners 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the Swanlea Sixth Form Governors bursaries.

Each year 4 students are awarded £7500 over the duration of their course at University. The winners will have met or exceeded their target grades and secured their places at university. There are 4 bursaries each year in the following categories: BTECs, Sciences, Maths & Humanities.


BAME Leadership Programme – Application

A development programme for leaders with global majority backgrounds

The programme is for middle leaders from BAME backgrounds keen to consider the steps to senior leadership and beyond. Twilight seminars and school placements will help participants build confidence, skills and knowledge. Inspirational leaders and role models from education will lead workshops combining a mix of input and practical activity. They will also share their experiences as BAME leaders in education.

For more information, including the dates of the BAME programme and the application, please click here

Minority Ethnic Educators’ Conference

The Minority Ethnic Educators’ Conference will be on Saturday 24th November, 9am-4.15pm at Swanlea School!

This conference will include a day of panel discussions, academic insights and high quality CPD sessions aimed at empowering BAME teachers to access opportunities at every level of school leadership.

For more information and tickets please click on the image below!