School of Larks offers a diverse apprenticeship program that involves planning, teaching, working on personal skills and much more! Young Larks runs alongside our apprenticeship program and is an opportunity for experienced students below the age of 16 interested in teaching, to train with us and learn about our teaching methods and gain experience by assisting in classes. If you would like to get involved with an apprenticeship opportunity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a trainee program for over 25's which runs alongside our apprenticeship program. We welcome enquiries from circus professionals and also those with circus experience who are interested in teaching circus arts.
Here's what our apprentices have to say...
Maya started doing aerial at the age of 3 and began classes with School of Larks as soon as we opened. Maya suggested the Young Larks program to Alice and a month later it was set up and has been running ever since. Apart from aerial, Maya attends 4 weekly dance classes and is part of the Tetbury gymnastics squad. She isn't sure what she wants to do as a career...she'd love to work with horses, but does toy with the idea of performing in some way, maybe acting, dancing or circus!
Daisy has been doing aerial with School of Larks since she was 7 years old and loves every moment of it. She has so much fun practicing all types of aerial and acrobatics and she can’t wait for all the experiences ahead of her.
"I took my first aerial class with School of Larks in early 2018 and fell in love with all kinds of circus. I like to practice handstands, acrobatics and of course aerial! I have a big passion for all kinds of physical disciplines and hope to study at Circomedia in the future. My experience at School of Larks has been nothing but joy, and the classes are my favourite place to be."
"I joined School of Larks in 2016 after training in trampoline gymnastics. Claudia and Alice have provided me with a range of opportunities to develop as a performer and now as an apprentice. This has helped me to build my confidence not only on the aerial equipment but also in everyday life."
Tali is a Performing Arts student who began taking aerial lessons with School of Larks in 2018 as a means of making her performance skills more diverse. It quickly became more of a passion; she now hopes to study Circus in the future. She also enjoys creating and performing physical theatre as well as developing her hula hoop and acrobatic skills.
"I started aerial classes at School of Larks after a summer school in 2013! I’m currently doing the Art Foundation at Stroud and will hopefully be continuing to study Circus at Circomedia in 2020.
All aspects of being an apprentice have been uplifting: working with compassionate teachers and students,
learning about the business, gaining leadership skills, and solidifying my own knowledge through teaching others."
Laura has picked up a variety of circus skills from various people since she was a child which has given her a good foundation in a range of skills from juggling and unicycle through to the trapeze. Her main focus has always been to learn aerial skills, and more recently she has discovered a love for hand- balancing.
Jess worked in various classes, learning to teach a range of skills including aerial, manipulation and balance!
"I loved working as the apprentice for School of Larks- it has really helped to build my confidence both with teaching and my personal performing skills. I have loved working to help design the business, I felt that it was really adapted to my individual needs. I am continuing to work there teaching and also as their designer!"
"Working as an apprentice for School of Larks can be anything from learning about the business to helping create a show. It really is what you make it into, so the most important thing is to do the things you enjoy and are interested in. Alice and Claudia will provide you with tons of opportunities but it’s up to you to decide which ones will help you the most. For me it was all about improving my skills as a teacher, and building my confidence as an artist."