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Former TBAP Multi-Academy Trust pupil wins National Creative Apprentice of the Year

It’s been a long journey for 21-year old Sherice Pitter who arrived at the Bridge Academy in Fulham aged 14 as an angry teenager but who has just been officially named the UK’s Creative Apprentice of the Year. She now works at Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, a dream job for a young woman who first discovered her love for drama at TBAP.

Sherice ended up at the Bridge after two expulsions from two different mainstream schools. “When I first arrived I was angry at all adults,” she says. “I felt I was not given a chance and I was not listened to. I was very emotional,” she remembers. But whilst at the TBAP Academy, the Bridge, she began to flourish as the small classes and dedicated teachers enabled her to develop her skills and confidence. In particular she was encouraged to participate in the creative arts.

“I was there for 2 years. The staff supported me in discovering my strengths and my passion for the creative industry. Although I did not choose drama as an option the staff allowed me to observe the drama lessons and to attend the BTEC performance at the Lyric Theatre.”

It was through the encouragement and contacts of the staff that Sherice was referred onto a project at the Lyric theatre which helped her plan for a future she could believe in. She is grateful to the strong support she received from the TBAP family. TBAP helped to turn her young life around. “When I left the Bridge I had built strong relationships with adults and I trusted all the staff. I left feeling positive and excited about my future.”

And the years since - as Sherice has gone from strength to strength - have proved her right.

Esther Rantzen (January 27 2016)

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE came to see the TBAP schools in the New Year. The founder of ChildLine, visited both the Courtyard Primary School and the Bridge Academy. She pledged her support for the work of the Foundation which assists these schools.
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Jon Snow visit (October 16 2015 )

The anchor of Channel Four News, Jon Snow, came to visit the Bridge in October. He took a particular interest in the art work and spoke to several of the pupils as he toured the school. He was impressed with what he saw and pledged his support for the work of the Foundation.
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Launch Party June 2015

Supporters and friends came to the Bridge Academy in June to celebrate the launch of the Foundation. Amongst those who attended, we were very pleased to welcome Alexandra Shulman, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, Ceri Thomas, Editor of BBC Panorama, Ronke Phillips, Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham from ITV News, the author Patrick Bishop, Danny Kruger, founder of Only Connect and the West London Zone, Paul Marshall, Chairman of Ark and Christian Guy, Downing Street Policy advisor.
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