Three students from The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College are looking forward to spending a summer with the National Youth Theatre after successfully gaining places.

Mrs Stirk applied to the Audition Access Fund, which was established by Hugh Bonneville, for EMS to be used as a venue to host Workshops and Auditions for the North East region for the NYT.

The company, who audition around 6000 talented young people every year for their extremely popular summer schools, helps to shape the future stars of the industry.

Lucy Stokle, a Year 9 student and Georgia Nodding, who joined the Sixth Form from High Tunstall, have both gained places on the two week Junior Course aimed at young people aged 14-17.

Georgia, currently in Year 12, told us: “We all had to take part in an intensive workshop which explored different aspects of the summer school course.”

“It was great to work with new people and it really gave me a confidence boost.”

Jessica Lax, who is currently sitting her A Level exams in the Sixth Form, will attend a three week Senior Course over the summer.

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the NYT summer school.” She said.

“I am planning on taking a gap year after college so I’m hoping this may open some doors for me to gain some experience next year.”

Once people have completed a course, they are awarded membership to the company.

Charlotte Stirk, our Performing Arts specialist, was overjoyed with the news: “I am absolutely thrilled for the girls.”

“Thousands apply every year for this company and usually 1 in 20 gain a place, to get three from EMS is amazing.”

Everyone at EMS wishes the girls well on their courses.