Mathematics and dramatics prove a winner!
Being a National Youth Theatre member and ambassador and having gained Distinction in Grade 8 LAMDA exam had unexpected benefits for 17-year-old Rory Rushton.
He not only received an offer to study Accountancy & Finance at Durham University but was tempted with a £2000 a year Arts Scholarship if he chose to study at the prestigious university.
Said Rory, “Durham does not actually have a Performing Arts degree but they do have a thriving theatre scene. Their Theatre Development Co-coordinator Kate Barton personally wrote to me to inform me about their Arts Scholarships.”
She said: “At Durham we flag up high performance students who demonstrate talent in theatre performance and who would greatly enhance what is already a very strong and competitive theatrical scene in Durham.”
“Clearly it was very flattering to be singled out”, said Rory. “I feel that both my NYT experiences and my LAMDA qualifications were major reasons for this. However, after careful consideration I reluctantly wrote back to decline their offer as I was also offered an Unconditional Offer from Lancaster University which is linked to a fantastic Scholarship Scheme with EY. Ultimately, I felt this would enhance my finance career ambitions more. However, I did say to Kate that I would spread the word to other talented Lamont pupils who may be considering Durham University in the future.”
Rory, who is in his final year studying Mathematics, Economics and IT ‘A’ levels at Merchant Taylors’ School, added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my drama over the years – especially the festivals – but I never saw myself becoming a professional actor. Studying for my LAMDA exams and successfully auditioning for the National Youth Theatre boosted my confidence and I believe it gave me a real edge in my university applications. My unconditional offer from Lancaster was based on my past academic performance, predicated grades and school references but they also said they were looking for ‘outstanding potential based on applicants’ personal statements’. I guess my unusual combination of mathematics PLUS dramatics caught their eye!”
“I now have my place at Lancaster guaranteed which takes the pressure off as I head for my final exams in June and I’m looking forward to starting my degree in October.”
Rory was part of NYT’s 2015 intake, along with fellow Lamont pupils Tom Lyon and Dan Anderson. The following year in 2016, Lamont had another hat-trick of successful NYT intakes. They were Kathryn McEvilly, Georgia Taft and Lucia Shakeshaft.
In recent years, the school has had over 35 pupils accepted by the NYT.
Diane Lamont, said: “It is always very rewarding watching my senior pupils achieving success, especially in such a competitive arena as the National Youth Theatre. Rory’s experience has confirmed what I already knew that LAMDA exams and NYT are great ways of enhancing pupils’ CVs and personal statements and helps them stand out from the crowd. I’m proud of them all.”
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