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We have a very important ethos at READ College, which is that training for a career in the Performing Arts should not be exclusively for those who can afford to pay huge tuition fees. We believe that anyone who has the talent, drive and determination to make it in this industry should be given a chance, that is what we have set out to do.

In 2011, READ College became a registered charity and, through our Student Hardship Fund, we are constantly fundraising to create bursaries to assist talented young people who want to train for a career in Acting or Musical Theatre but cannot afford to do so. Every penny of fees and fundraising at READ College is spent directly on training our students to the highest standard, and our ethos of taking students purely on talent is very important to us. We make no profits and we recieve no government funding.

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Being a charity enables us to do two important things. Firstly, we provide means tested bursaries, to support those students who have what it takes to make it but don’t have the family financial background to afford training. This means that students who have missed out on chances earlier in life can, through the training and mentoring at READ College, have the same opportunities to audition at major dance and drama colleges as anyone else. In each year group of students, there are usually more than 50% who are supported by the scheme and we have awarded over £150,000 of bursaries in the last 4 years.

Secondly, our charitable status enables us to run outreach programmes for schools, community groups and youth companies – both in our local area and further afield – to provide training, careers advice and support to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access Higher Level training in the Performing Arts. This has brought us into contact with hundreds of young people who have benefitted from the work of READ College.

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Our students have gone on to have scholarships and funded places at many of the top DRAMA UK/CDET schools and colleges…