For 100 years, Treloar College in Hampshire has provided education, therapy, support and independence training for each of its physically disabled students.
It is one of the largest national specialist colleges in the country with all the necessary facilities, equipment and specialist staff that befits a Beacon status provider. The College offers a full curriculum for students over 16 and caters for various aptitudes from pre-entry level right through to A level studies, including a mixture of both academic and vocational courses from business studies to performing arts. The College’s Access department also provides life skills.
Drama plays a large part in College life: it’s taught as a subject, used therapeutically and provides social interaction and fun as an extra curriculum activity, so enhancing the College’s performance provision would benefit a great many students.
The new staging system that the College chose to improve their performing arts provision is Q-Plus, a modular staging structure with great strength in design and form, with the ability to be arranged in a variety of heights and formats. The design which is an original from Stage Systems; a leading supplier of staging solutions, is British manufactured and capable of withstanding the punishment that College use can apply. The Q-Plus structure has simple assembly and dismantling components, making is easy to construct in various places and for an assortment of uses.
Treloar College makes full use of their new Q-Plus staging. It is used by both able-bodied and wheelchair performers alike and can be accessed by a wheelchair ramp and is supported by safety bars. Although the main hall has a stage of its own a larger platform is often needed for performances such as the College rock band and the Q-Plus staging system comes into it’s own providing extra staging space alongside the permanent structure.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“The staging has already played an important role in life at Treloar’s and has been used as a platform for events including the annual Arts Week, drama performances, pantomimes, fashion shows and even used outside for the parents association fair. ‘The versatility of the design and characteristics such as strength and maneuverability add to its winning formula’. Treloar’s strives to enable every one of its disabled students to achieve the skills and confidence they need to face the future.”