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Suzanne Sharkey
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L1 6ER
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Shelagh Elliott Clarke Centre of Excellence
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Allow me introduce myself, I am Suzanne Sharkey, Principal of the Shelagh Elliott Clarke School and College here in Liverpool, we have delivered first class performing arts training in the heart of Liverpool since 1925.

We are a small faculty with an excellent reputation both locally and nationally for producing hard working, employable performers with a touch of class, and are are passionate about giving students the opportunities and training they deserve to succeed in this highly competitive industry. We recognise that the 15 hours per week offered by other training facilities is simply not enough to become a rounded performer competing for work in the modern entertainment industry and so our BTEC and HND courses include extra 15 hours enrichment per week.


I am asking if you can make a difference to a student by sponsoring their enrichment activities, giving them the opportunity to gain confidence, enhance their skills and give them the best possible chance to succeed. 


Along with enrichment activities, we are also seeking to enhance our student’s training by upgrading our facilities (gym equipment, new flooring and improved changing and dining areas) and building links with local organisations, offering students more outside performance opportunities.


I am asking for a donation of £1000 per year (less than £3 per day!), and in return can offer you the following sponsorship package:


  • Logo branding on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and Website
  • Advertising links to your website
  • Complimentary tickets for VIP college events and performances
  • Acknowledgment Promotion video before and after end of year performance
  • Logo branding on college uniform
  • 2 performances at requested events for your company
  • Advertising space (posters, leaflets) on college premises, visible to many parents and visitors each week. Our building is in the centre of Liverpool with huge window advertising space, visible to large volumes of traffic and pedestrians.


A brief history of Shelagh Elliott Clarke


Our founder Miss Shelagh Elliott Clarke (fondly known as SEC to her friends and colleagues) built the school’s reputation in the early 1920s in the aftermath of the First World War.  SEC was a formidable character who strove for vocational training alongside education, making her school one of the earliest educational establishments to introduce scholarships for talented young people.  Her first full Scholarship pupil was the renowned Fredrick Franklin who won a Laurence Olivier Award in 1984 and was director of the New York Ballet.  SEC held the belief that performing arts and education should work hand in hand, this was ahead of her time and revolutionary.  This is a belief we still firmly hold today and therefore we too deliver a vocational qualification.  We pride ourselves on excellent teaching, discipline, high standards and professionalism, delivering over 30 hours a week of intensive training, which gives us excellent results and 100% achievement.  


I am a St Helens Girl, and I was trained by Miss Elizabeth Hill, a local dance teacher in St Helens and went to school at what was Notre Dame High school in Eccleston.  After leaving school I was accepted onto a full-time dance course at Shelagh Elliott Clarke College and trained for three years on their Diploma.  I had an extensive and professional career in the performing arts till my late 20’s when I started teaching dance for the then principal of Shelagh Elliott Clarke Miss A Thomson. I taught under her guidance till 2003, when I became the third principal at the age of 34. I too had a strong passion for the school and college and started my journey. In the early years I developed the college side of our training alongside the traditional ballet school environment I had inherited, focusing on strengthening our position in the market place as a centre of excellence and soon became the first centre in Liverpool to deliver a full time BTEC in a vocational environment. 

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