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Shiplake College News

01/04/2015
New A Level Subject Introduced
Whole School

We are delighted to announce the introduction of an exciting new A Level subject commencing in September 2015; Circus Skills. The subject nurtures an exciting blend of creative, academic and interpersonal skills, and we cannot wait to get started.

The course, designed by a new forward-thinking examination board AFD, tests a mixture of theoretical and practical aptitudes. Students are required to master a number of challenging contemporary and traditional domains including equilibristics and acro-balance. Theory modules will include ‘Big Top Design’ and the ‘History of Circus Acts in Mainland Europe’.

To lead the new Circus Skills Department, the College has secured the services of some world-leading experts. Stilt-walking specialist Mrs A Fool, the Head of Department, commented: ‘I am so grateful for the opportunity to inspire the next generation of circus artists. The Head of Department role will undoubtedly be a challenge, with many plates to keep spinning, but I am confident I can juggle my responsibilities and ensure I become a real asset to Shiplake College.’

The introduction of a brand new subject naturally requires small changes in infrastructure. As a result, a permanent tight rope will be erected between the Skipwith Tower and the John Turner Building. Furthermore, after a long period of consultation, the Drama Department have kindly agreed that the Tithe Barn Theatre will be transformed into a Trapeze Arena.

Students interested in studying this new A Level course are requested to register their interest by clicking here. We are anticipating exceptional demand for the subject, so it is advised students respond by 12.00 noon on Friday 1 April. 

 Please note the date of this article (April Fools' Day!!). Surely we didn't fool you??