Circus School

We offer free* accredited training to young people over 12 years of age.

Our Circus School, Circo Kernow, was established in 2002 as an educational project designed to support and provide alternative accredited qualifications for young people aged 12 years and older. We believe that circus offers a creative path to improving physical and mental health as well as boosting self-confidence and self esteem. As a training provider we work with specialist partners to ensure our students have the life skills, experience and confidence to progress into either further education or employment. Our results demonstrate strong progression particularly in the performing arts, film, tourism and leisure industries.

The circus school runs weekly on a Tuesday and students are expected to be in attendance between 10am-3pm.

Thanks to generous Comic Relief funding all training costs are subsidised, running at only £10 a day and is free to those over 16 years who are not in education employment or training (NEET) *providing eligible criteria is met. All moderation fees will be covered by the circus school.

All students will be expected to work towards an accredited qualification whilst they are training. We currently offer an Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2 NCFE (National Certificate in Further Education) in Performance Skills which are specifically designed to engage our students and encourage progression if they choose to continue training. The Entry Level course has a minimum attendance requirement of 30 Guided Learning Hours to complete and the Level 1 and 2 requiring 120 GLH. Our teaching terms run for approximately 12 weeks and included a dedicated amount of work experience and participation in a public performance as an integral part of their coursework.

The courses are mainly focused on learning new skills and working towards production and performance in front of an audience. There will be a small requirement of written work; however a significant proportion of the course can be evidenced by filming training sessions and group discussions. Students will be fully supported by a dedicated Education Officer but will be expected to be responsible for their own work folders.

Tuition sessions include:

Acrobatics: handstands, & partner balance
Aerial: trapeze, hoop, silks & rope
Balance: tight-wire, unicycle, stilts & rola-bola
Dance: movement & timing to music
Physical Theatre: clowning, comedy & mime
Production:  set and costume design & planning
Prop Manipulation: juggling, staff, diabolo & hat
Tumbling: cartwheels, rolls, & linked movements

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