11:12AM, Sunday 28 July 2013
Students from Norden Lights Youth Theatre and Norden Exposure Dance groups in Maidenhead have become the first young people to achieve an Arts Award.
The award is a national qualification accredited by Trinity College London.
It supports seven to 25-year-olds to develop as artists and arts leaders through seeing shows, taking part in arts activities and finding out about their favourite artists.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Altwood Road offers the qualification to youth group participants.
The centre's education officer Oliver Laurenson-Gore said: "I am very proud of what the young people achieved.
"I would like to thank our other Arts Award Leaders, Heidi Goldsmith and Norma Herdson who have given up their time to support these young people."
The Arts Award programme has been supported by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation and Marlow Fine Art Decorative Society.
A new group of young people will be able to do the Arts Award from September.
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