Arts Award Gold


Shane Ganesh, an 18 year old who is currently studying Travel and Tourism at Waltham Forest College, is a former student of West Lea School. Whilst studying Shane is also taking the, nationally accredited, Level 3 Gold Arts Award.  The Gold Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London and is comprised of two units.  Unit 1 is around developing Arts Practice and Unit 2 is all about Arts Leadership.


In order to achieve Unit 2, he is currently undertaking a placement with Face Front’s DDM group.  In addition, he is directing a short film based on the theme of holidays. For this he is being supported by Emma Ghafur, director of Tiger Monkey UK Ltd and a facilitator of the DDM group.


Face Front is an inclusive theatre company that creates a variety of performances as well as leading workshops and training programmes in and around the arts. As a company they have been around for almost 20 Years, entirely relying on donations and grants to make a difference in the world of disability arts.


DDM is a group of young people with a variety of needs and interests who come to Face Front studio after school.  These sessions typically include drama games to help build their confidence and to learn to work together as a team.  This then leads the group to produce performances to be shared at the end of term.  When Shane introduced his project about creating the film everyone jumped straight in.  We look forward seeing the film at the end of the project.