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wildcats prepare for opening of the new school of arts

Wildcats Academy, based in Castle House, St Peters Hill are inviting members of the public to come and see the former Stamford Museum building on Saturday 5th September, 12noon - 3pm. The building has been brought back to life and is now ready to become a second home for the Wildcats – with the Post 16 Academy utilising the space during the week and a full programme of classes for children and adults during the evenings and weekends.

The Stamford Museum building has been closed for some years and Wildcats have been working with SKDC over the past 9 months to secure a lease to the building due to the growth of the Post 16 Academy – a full time school run in partnership with New College Stamford.

The building will be officially opened by Wildcats’ very own VIP’s – 6 students who have been with the school from its outset in 2008 when it was a small theatre class based at Stamford Arts Centre.   Bethan Hurford, Bethan Dykes, Georgia and Ella Burdock, Jessica Auciello and Chloe Simmons will be performing a song and making a speech before announcing the building open.  Although the opening will take place at 1.30pm visitors are welcome from 12 noon.

Wildcats would like to thank Stamford Young Peoples Charity, Ketton Cement and the Burghley Trust for their kind donation’s towards the renovation of the building.   They would also like to personally thank Burdock Building Services for not only their work in bringing the building back to life but also for their support throughout the process alongside all those family and friends and team members who have supported and helped with the project.

Caz Dolby, Founder of Wildcats said “We are very excited about the opening of our second building and what better people to open it than those who have supported us from the outset.  Our VIP’s have seen the journey Wildcats has made over the past 7 years and it was right that they should be here for this event.

This premises allows us to expand the Post 16 Academy, offering more fully funded full time places for local young people, but also to offer a much more varied programme of activities for children outside of school.  The venue will also host some fabulous partnership classes – Zumba Fia, Xtend Barre and the new fitness craze ‘Jumping’ will be taking place at the venue.”

Bethan Hurford, age 14 from Rhyall said “I’ve been part of Wildcats right from the start and I am amazed at how far Wildcats has come from the first few years when we were in the Arts Centre. I remember finding out about the first Academy and I was so excited to get started in a building we could call our own. Now we have a second Academy and I am so honoured to be opening it with friends who I have been with since the start. With a larger building more children and young people will be able to enjoy what I’ve enjoyed for the past 7 years. I am so proud to be part of the Wildcats’ journey.”

Georgia Burdock, Age 14 from Baston said “Being a part of wildcats is second nature to me because it's where my family is, being a part of opening the building is such an honour and something I will remember for my whole life. “

Ella Burdock, Age 12 from Baston said “I have been part a part of wildcats, being able to experience the vast changes with in the school is a true honour. I am so happy for wildcats and wish them the best of the luck with the new building. “

Jessica Auciello, Age 14 from Rhyall said “I am so pleased and grateful for the opportunity to open the new wildcats building. I remember when I was younger and I first started wildcats at the arts centre I was an excited little thing! Now I'm 14 years old and with the school. With the support that the school has given me from when I sang on the west end stage at the age of 9 to help me grow and the support that I now am at 14! The only thing I can say to them is thank you so much for this opportunity thanks.

Bethan Dykes, age 14 from Stamford said “You might hear this phrase being thrown around a lot but Wildcats really is a family. And opening this building is an extension to that family. Being asked to open this building is amazing, such an honour to do, I've been at wildcats for almost 7 years, which is insane and how they've managed to go from a class of 11 in a small room to hundreds of classes and bringing in a big building. It's amazing.   I've grown up with the people here. They inspire me even when I'm not there with them. I know that'll they'll look out for me and support me. They are my wildcat's family.”

Sue Simmons, Mum of Chloe Simmons, age 13 from Crowland said “Chloe Simmons joined Wildcats on the very first morning of Wildcats - Saturday 13th September 2008.   The group would meet every Saturday morning and began learning songs that were popular features of stage and screen.  The school enabled and continues to enable today the aspects of confidence, working together and developing raw talent and growing each child, whatever their age, to see their own potential.  Chloe was privileged to win the Gold Trophy in the very first term for her hard word - her first ever trophy which she still treasures today.  Wildcats Theatre School has given Chloe many fantastic opportunities which include singing and performing locally and with the Westend Wildcats group at Her Majesty's Theatre In London, performing at Indigo O2 and the Royal Albert Hall. Chloe like all children attending Wildcats Theatre School has also be able to progress her singing through the LAMDA qualifications and in 2016 she will undertake her Grade 6 Musical Theatre Award.  As a result of Chloe's singing and performing with Wildcats Theatre School her passion for singing has grown and grown and singing is just simply part of her everyday life. Chloe has a big thank you to all the staff at Wildcats Theatre School who have encouraged and supported her in her singing and performing Journey.”

A number of new classes and activities will be starting at the building from Monday 7th September.  For more information go to