The BBC is reporting that a theatre in Northampton is planning to be the first in England to open a free school.
Northampton’s Royal and Derngate theatre announced its plans at an event celebrating a decade since its re-opening. It will respond to concerns in creative industries over the “marginalisation” of the arts in schools.
Chief executive Martin Sutherland said the proposed free school would help young people to find jobs. Free schools are state-funded schools set up by community groups, universities, academy trusts or business organisations.
“The creative industries are growing in this country at a huge rate but we are not placing as much importance on the art subjects that help people gain employment in these areas,” said Mr Sutherland.
But Mr Sutherland said the school will be open to all, and not just to aspiring performers.
“We understand what good quality arts education looks like. Our role is to make sure our values of encouraging creative, ambition, collaboration and inclusion are shared throughout the school and the curriculum.”
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