Buckinghamshire-based training and conference venue Lane End Conference Centre recently hosted two principal retreat weekends and a weeklong teacher-training event for the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA).
The PQA is a multi-site performing arts academy for young people aged between the ages of 4 and 18 that was set up and endorsed by the famous actress, Pauline Quirke. The Academy, which is designed to encourage hardworking, inspirational, and creative individuals with a passion for performing arts, was founded in 2007 by the star, and now has 68 centres throughout the world.
Pauline Quirke said: “When we opened our first Academy in 2007 our mission was simply to provide the very best performing arts education. We’ve grown a lot since then, but that mission hasn’t changed. By working with people, we believe are outstanding in their field, we aim to bring the widest, most exciting experience to our students in an environment that is both friendly and rewarding.”
The PQA chose to utilise a range of Lane End’s facilities, including the Wycombe Lodge building and the recently refurbished Pavilion due to the self-contained, quiet and private nature of the buildings.
Karen Sharman of the Pauline Quirke Academy commented: “The attendees utilised the areas at Lane End Conference Centre as workshop space to do team exercises and network with each other as they are largely from different academies across the UK. Lane End’s exclusivity is perfect for offering undisturbed networking opportunities, giving our teachers and principals a chance to really get to know each other, but more importantly, share their ideas and learn from one another. The venue is perfect for this and provides a great all-round package for us.”
“It has been a real pleasure to host The Pauline Quirke Academy,” commented Heni Fourie, director of sales and marketing at Lane End Conference Centre. “We were delighted to welcome Pauline Quirk herself to Lane End Conference Centre and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the Academy back again later in the year.”