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Posted: 15/04/09

Performing Arts student becomes Principal

Ex-West Nottinghamshire College Performing Arts student Margaret Saint has landed a starring role as Principal of the Paul Nicholas School of Acting based at the Djanogly Centre in Nottingham.

Margaret, 57, graduated from her HND course at West Nottinghamshire College last summer after two years of study as well as being named winner of the 2006 Student of the Year for the East Midlands.

Over the summer break a friend of Margaret’s had noticed an article in the local paper asking for actors who wanted to open a school of acting in conjunction with Paul Nicholas, actor from the famous 1980’s sitcom ‘Just Good Friends’.

Margaret said: “I am planning to advance my qualifications to degree level but in the meantime starting and running several Paul Nicholas schools will put something back into the community."

Margaret was invited to run the prodigious Paul Nicholas School in Nottingham which held its open day on Saturday, 11th April at the Djanogly City Academy where pupils from 4-18 enrolled for classes in drama, dance and singing.

Margaret added: “The Djanogly centre provides an excellent venue for the school having both educational facilities and a strong connection to live theatre.  We’re really close to the city centre and we’ve had over 100 enquiries from young people over this weekend.

“The response and enthusiasm at our open day was amazing and we saw people both young and old who are interested in pursuing drama and music studies.”

Classes commence from 18th April where Margaret will be leading a staff of four teachers.  Margaret is very excited to be starting life at the school.  

“I wouldn’t have dreamt of starting up something like this without the boost of confidence and experience I enjoyed at West Nottinghamshire College.  I got so much out of my performing arts course at the College and my tutors nurtured, encouraged and inspired me.”