Raymond gives a star turn in his Year 13 BTEC Performing Arts piece.

We were delighted to hear that former student Raymond Anum has been accepted into the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art (RADA), widely recognised as one of the best drama schools in the world. Famous alumni from this prestigious school include John Hurt, Roger Moore, Dame Diana Rigg and Imelda Staunton.

Following long and arduous application processes, Raymond was faced with a tough decision, as he received firm offers from RADA and Bristol Old Vic, the latter of which is currently attended by his former classmate Taheen Modak. He also had a final recall to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It is a phenomenal achievement to get this far at all three schools, each of which are extremely sought-after and competitive.

Raymond eventually plumped for RADA, and will study a BA (Hons) in Acting. This means that come September, three Isleworth & Syon alumni will be studying at top drama schools across the country – a testament to the work from Mr McDonnell and the rest of the Performing Arts team. During his time with us, Raymond demonstrated outstanding skill and commitment, consistently driving himself to be better, and he is now reaping the rewards of his hard work. We can’t wait to see where he ends up!


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