Mum may sell house to pay for arts school

A SINGLE mum is thinking of selling her home to help pay for her daughter to go to a performing arts school.

Liz Emerson’s ten-year-old daughter, Catherine, beat hundreds of applicants to win one of just 25 places at a prestigious performing arts school called Tring Park, in Hertfordshire.

But with annual boarding fees of £27,000, Liz fears she will have to put their two-bedroomed semi-detached home in Awsworth on the market, and has this week had an estate agent visit for a valuation.

The proud mum, who has owned the house in Abbott Street for eight years, said: “She’s worked so hard and got one of very few places. I would sell it if I had to.

“I’m so so proud of her. She did very well and she really takes it in her stride.”

Liz said she was used to travelling around, leaving her friends and family behind.

“You can make a new life can’t you?” she said.

“Why should people only have the opportunity if they have got the cash in the bank?

“I’m a great believer that you have to take your opportunities where you can in life. If you haven’t got a silver spoon in your mouth you have to work for it.”

Catherine, who attends Ogando School of Dance in Wollaton, received a letter telling her she had won a place after a gruelling five-and-a-half hour audition.

She danced, enacted a scene from The Borrowers and sang Can You Feel the Love Tonight as well as taking tests in numeracy, perception and verbal reasoning.

As well as singing, dancing and acting, Catherine also plays the piano and violin.

Liz is hoping a business might come forward with sponsorship so she does not have to go ahead with the sale.