Sibford School pupil Libby Griffiths has been awarded a place at the prestigious Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead.
Eleven-year-old Libby underwent two gruelling rounds of auditions, where she was up against around 90 other young hopefuls, before learning that she had been selected for a special discretionary Exhibition Award for entry into the school in September.
Previous pupils at Redroofs have included Kate Winslet, who was a former head girl at the school; Joanne Froggatt (who plays Anna in Downton Abbey); and Dani Harmer (Tracey Beaker).
Peter Griffiths, Libby’s father, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for Libby. She will be sorry to leave Sibford, where she has been a pupil since 2010, but at the same time she is very excited about what the future may hold.”
Libby has already started making a name for herself on both stage and screen. Over Christmas she starred as Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Playbox Theatre in Warwick and earlier in 2013 appeared on stage at the Oxford Playhouse in George Orwell’s 1984. She has made a documentary film with the Discovery Channel, in which she played an American Opera singer as a child, and recently recorded a horror film where she played a girl in a crazed dream being pursued by a clown and a dragon.
Sibford head Michael Goodwin said: “One of our Quaker sayings here at Sibford School is ‘Live adventurously’ and I think that Libby has grasped this message with both hands. We wish her all the best and will be following her future career with interest.”