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University Centre Folkestone hosts Creative School Awards

28 March 2012

University Centre Folkestone (UCF) hosted its second annual Creative School Awards evening for pupils at local secondary schools earlier this month.

The Creative School Awards scheme aims to recognise and reward local school pupils who demonstrate talent and commitment within the creative arts.

Set up in 2011, prizes are awarded to pupils in five areas, including Dance, Performing Arts (including vocal studies, drama and technical theatre), Visual Arts (including textiles) Creative Writing and Business (including events management).

Chris Price, Campus Director at the UCF, who presented the awards, said: "The UCF is delighted to be working with schools in the our area to not only identify the best creative and performing arts students from across the district, but to recognise their achievements too.

“The young people who have earned these awards have done so as a result of diligent hours of practise and striving for perfection, something that isn’t always noticed. We're proud to be noticing it!"

David Martin, Vice Principal at Folkestone Academy commented: “Working in partnership with University Centre Folkestone, we are incredibly grateful for the way they continue to support our students with the Creative School Awards.

“Our students, many who have gone on to study at the University, have worked hard in their chosen field and this is another way in which we can recognise and celebrate their many achievements.”

More than 90 people attended this year’s awards, including teachers, pupils and their parents.

The schools and colleges involved in the Creative School Awards were: Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Pent Valley Technology College, Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone School for Girls, Folkestone Academy, K College, The Marsh Academy and Astor College of the Arts.

The awards ceremony was followed by an exhibition of work by some of the prize-winners on the night.

University Centre Folkestone is a satellite campus of Canterbury Christ Church University. Now in its fifth successful academic year, it has a growing student population, offering degrees in Performing and Visual Arts, Drama, Technical Theatre, Dance Education, Creative Writing, and Arts Management, as well as a foundation course in Early Years Studies.

For those interested in finding out more about the University Centre Folkestone can come along to an Open Day on Saturday 30th June 2012 from 10am-2pm.  Call 01303 760600 or visit the webpage for more information: www.ucf.ac.uk

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Notes to Editor

The University Centre Folkestone (UCF)

Open to full-time students in September 2007, the UCF now has a student population of over 250. The Folkestone Campus is a satellite campus of Canterbury Christ Church University. Located in the former Glassworks and adjoining Victorian warehouses, the campus is at the heart of the emerging Creative Quarter. The facilities offer students a superb environment in which to study, with modern computer labs, art studios and well-equipped dance, drama and music studios.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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