After two and a half years we are sad to say Ellie is leaving us to go to university. theschool would like to thank her for displaying such strength despite the odds. Ellie has been an inspiration to not only us as teachers, but also her fellow students.
Before she goes, we’ve have requested one last curtain call…
Lets hear it from Ellie.
Hi, my name is Ellie Scott-Brown and I was a member of theschool for about 2 and a half years. Unfortunately, I’m about to go off to university so I can’t continue attending, which I am honestly devastated about. The best way to describe theschool is simply with one word – family. I have not only developed greatly in my skills within all three aspects of performing, but I have honestly made some lifelong friendships, as well as the very special relationships I have formed with Ian, Rob and Chloe. Before I joined theschool, I didn’t like telling anybody about my illness – Cystic Fibrosis – and I believed it was a huge obstacle to me with regards to my abilities.
“I felt beyond privileged, and filled with exhilaration.”
“The skills I’ve learnt will certainly come into use whilst studying Drama at university.”
During my time there, I was in and out of hospital very regularly, whilst also trying to study for my A Levels…long story short, it was an extremely difficult time for me and my family. When Ian, Rob and Chloe first came to me with the idea of ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’, I was honestly torn over. On one hand, “wow” I thought. Am I really worth having a show based on me and my story?
What if I’m not strong enough to portray the real truth of my life? But on the other hand, I felt beyond privileged, and filled with exhilaration. I knew that there is nowhere near enough awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, and although I have always wanted to help to spread this, I had never had the opportunity…and maybe this was my chance. And I can tell you now, I am so thankful to theschool for investing and believing in me and my story, for not letting me give up on this project. Because it allowed me to express feelings that I’d not known how to express before, and educate people just like I had always wanted to. That is what’s so special about theschool – they will never give up on you nor let you give up on yourself. Although rehearsals were emotional, and I came across multiple personal barriers, we still did it and I’m so happy that we did. The support theschool has given me has meant so much to me and my family, and I know it will continue to give similar experiences to every single student that attends.
I will miss them all dearly…but the skills I’ve learnt will certainly come into use whilst studying Drama at university. If you have the pleasure to attend this innovative school, then please make the most of it, you will make some of the most special memories of your life.
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