Siobhan McCormack, Theatre Inc’s artistic director, said: “We are absolutely delighted by this award, and immensely proud of the talented and hardworking young people of Theatre Inc. who continue to achieve beyond expectation.

“It was amazing to be able to attend the ceremony in Westminster and to share our experiences with the company.

“And now we are looking forward to celebrating with all of the supporters of Theatre Inc in March. It will be a fantastic occasion.”

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Principal of Chichester College, added: “The Beacon Awards are like the Oscars of the education world, so to win one is truly an outstanding achievement and something Theatre Inc. should be rightly proud of.

“Anyone who has been lucky enough to see them perform will know how talented the performers are. They really do deserve this recognition.

“It was an honour to be able to join the company in London to collect their award, and I very much look forward to the celebration ceremony in March.”