May 26th, 2015
A Trent College student will follow in the footsteps of British acting stars such Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth after winning a place in The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Year 12 Drama Scholar, Joe Goodhead, will take part in the Acting course as one of just 560 young people selected from over 4,100 that auditioned across the UK for NYT this year. Most recently Joe acted as MC for Trent College’s National Theatre Connection’s production of ‘The Edelweiss Pirates’ at the Derby Theatre, as well as taking the roles of Bob Cratchit in ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Mushnick in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
Now Joe is looking forward to showcasing his talents on a national platform. He said: “I first heard about the National Youth Theatre three years ago and have worked hard to gain a place in the organisation as it’s the biggest and most prestigious company in Great Britain, with a rich history and an impressive alumni.
“NYT is run by professionals working in the television and theatre industry and they will be able to impart first-hand knowledge of many of the skills I’ll need to further my acting career.
“Actors that inspire me are Benedict Cumberbatch, once an NYT member and a brilliantly successful stage and screen actor. Mark Strong who took a role in the National Theatre production of ‘A View from the Bridge’, a play I am studying at A/S level. I cannot leave out Johnny Depp because of his sheer versatility. He has always been an inspiration due to his incredible talent at adopting so many different roles.
“I like nothing better than performing! Whether it’s acting on a stage or playing my guitar and singing with my band ‘Insultana’. I never tire of the exhilarating feeling being on stage gives me.”
Joe caught the acting bug aged six after appearing as an orphan in a stage production of ‘Annie’. As well as his National Youth Theatre success, earlier this year he also auditioned for the Youth Music Theatre and has been invited to take part in a newly commissioned play called, ‘Dirty Stop Outs’ this summer.
Trent College’s Director of Drama, Donnaleigh Bailey, who starred as a series regular in the BBC soap ‘Doctors’ for five years, as well as having roles in ‘Holby City’ and ‘Dangerfield’ and a number of stage productions, believes Joe has the work ethic, determination, enthusiasm and talent to succeed.
Miss Bailey said: “This is one of the best opportunities for young people who wish to pursue a career in Drama and will be an amazing experience for Joe. As a department and school we are incredibly proud of his excellent achievement.
“Joe’s greatest strength is his ability to inhabit a character naturalistically and tell their story. He is a very gifted natural actor. Joe often asks myself and the Music and Drama departments to look at his audition pieces, be it monologues or songs. We all want to support him on his chosen career path and his recent achievements have inspired other students to audition and work towards national companies.”
Joe is currently studying for his Grade 8 in acting and has taken part in London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations since starting at Trent College, gaining a distinction in each one.He admits the support from the school has been invaluable in realising his ambitions so far.
He added: “Trent College and the drama department have given me many opportunities to perform different roles and the staff have always been on hand to offer advice and support not only in school roles but in my out of school auditions.”
For more information about Trent College, including drama scholarships, please visit – the school’s next Open Day takes place on Saturday 13 June from 9.30am. To book your place or for more information contact or call 0115 849 4950.


May 26th, 2015
Football brings people together. So when his schoolmate and fellow Nottingham Forest fan Oliver Finden was diagnosed with cancer last November, The Elms pupil Josh Glover turned to football to help his friend and raised over £1,000 for the children’s cancer ward at QMC!
Over 60 youngsters from The Elms Junior School in Long Eaton braved horrendous weather in early April to take part in a football tournament and bake sale Josh had organised as a fundraiser for the E39 Childrens Oncology Ward, where sports-mad Oliver received treatment for b Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma over three months.
And on Thursday 14 May the boys, with their mums Andrea Finden and Marie Glover, visited QMC to present a cheque for £1,050 to Sophie Wilne, Oliver’s oncology consultant, Katie Manning E39’s ward sister, who’s team took such good care of Oliver, and Ruth Brady, Nottingham Hospitals Charity Community Fundraiser.
What started with the goal of raising £100-150 through playing one five-a-side game and selling a few cakes quickly escalated to a tournament of six teams, 40 players and over 300 cakes as Year 6 pupil Josh, whose middle name is ‘Pearce’ after Forest legend Stuart, inspired classmates and parents alike to rally in support of Oliver.
Oliver, who was visited by his favourite Forest players Chris Cohen and goalkeeper Karl Darlow while in hospital, is happily on the road to recovery, gradually getting stronger and returning to school full time after Easter. Both Andrea and Marie were overwhelmed by the response.
Marie said: “Josh had been worried no-one would come. The boys have been friends since reception at The Elms and he really wanted to do something for Oliver. When people started saying they wanted to be involved he was really touched and in tears. He then turned one game into the tournament.”
Andrea continued: “I was very emotional when I saw everyone had turned out to support the boys. Oliver lost his confidence during treatment. He was always so proud of his ‘surfer dude’ long hair, which is now beginning to grow back, and only wanted a few very close friends to see him in hospital. For him to see everyone at school supporting the tournament was a huge boost to him.”
With the tournament taking place on a Wednesday afternoon, a number of Year 5 and 6 pupils wandered around the campus of The Elms and its senior school, Trent College, selling cakes to waiting parents and children on the school buses. The ‘cake tent’ was also very popular after school.
For the footballers, 20 large pizzas delivered from Domino’s in Long Eaton were devoured after Josh, a Derbyshire age-group cricketer and matchday mascot for Forest’s 1-1 draw with Derby County at the City Ground last season, had negotiated a knockdown price of £5 per pizza for the fundraiser.
Andrea, herself a Year 6 form teacher who is currently completing a degree in Primary Education, also had special praise for The Elms in its support during Oliver’s treatment and ongoing recovery. “The school has been amazing,” she went on. “Oliver is an avid rugby player and the school’s Director of Studies, Mr Jeremy Harper, visited him in hospital to present him with his rugby colours.
“His class teacher Miss Bennett provided work packs for him, which his little brother Alex, brought home so Oliver could keep up with schoolwork when he felt well enough. After February half-term Oliver started a phased return to school doing 12 hours a week, and Headteacher Mr Morrow had arranged for Macmillan nurses to talk to the staff and children about how to support Oliver when he was back.
“I was even given my own office at The Elms for a few weeks so I could work there and be on hand if Oliver was ill or needed me.”
Keith Morrow, Headmaster at The Elms, added: “Josh is a very considerate boy and it was no surprise that The Elms school community got behind him and made this event such a success. We’re delighted to see Oliver back at school and know both boys will continue to make a big contribution to life at The Elms.”
Josh’s tournament contribution has gone towards a fundraising target of £15,000 Andrea is organising further events and activities to achieve. To support more children like Oliver by raising money for E39 Childrens Oncology Ward for Nottingham University Hospitals Charity visit
For more information on The Elms Junior School and Nursery visit