VIDEO: Aiming high and reaching for stardom at West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College student Joe Bishop, 17 with the rocket he built under the guidance of Jon London from Cambridge Science Centre ANL-160726-152042001
West Suffolk College student Joe Bishop, 17 with the rocket he built under the guidance of Jon London from Cambridge Science Centre ANL-160726-152042001
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Students have been aiming high and reaching for stardom after one built a miniature rocket and three others won places at a performing arts school.

Joe Bishop constructed the two feet high gunpowder driven rocket which he launched about 100 metres into the sky at Bury Rugby Club.

The 17-year-old, of Glemsford, has just completed his first year of a Media Production Extended Diploma and wanted to do something that would give him extra skills and an Extended Project Qualification.

He filmed the activity and received guidance from Jon London, outreach manager at Cambridge Science Centre.

Andrew Wheeler, project co-ordinator, said: “This is exactly the sort of idea that captures the imagination and is great for an Extended Project Qualification.

“There is no doubt it will help Joe in distinguishing himself from other university applicants.”

George Lane, Paris Moulds and Robbie Noonan ANL-160726-152031001

George Lane, Paris Moulds and Robbie Noonan ANL-160726-152031001

Meanwhile, students George Lane, 17; Paris Moulds, 18, and Robbie Noonan, 19, have been accepted by the award-winning Musical Theatre Academy in London.

The academy only accepts 20 students a year for the two-year course.

The trio have all been studying performing arts at Conservatoire East at West Suffolk College.

George, from Bury, said: “I had a few family issues growing up but acting always just got me lost in the moment. The college has given me huge experience, especially when at times I’ve doubted my own ability.”

Paris, from Barrow, said: “I feel I’ve come a long way in such a short space of time and that’s thanks to the college and Conservatoire East.”

Robbie added: “Before here, I had only ever performed in one big school musical, here we were doing them every term.”