The Wetherby Arts School will offer community classes at weekends
Visualisation of Olympia London's planned £1.3billion redevelopment
A new Brit School is set to open in Olympia. The Wetherby Arts School will open in partnership with Brit School to try and uncover talents such as Adele, Tom Holland and Amy Winehouse in Hammersmith and Fulham.
The new 60,000-square-foot performing Arts School could open as soon as 2025.
The Alpha Plus Group will take over the school for children aged 11 to 18 and there will be an arrangement with the Brit School which will provide community classes on Saturdays. Alpha Plus will also provide funding for some children to attend the BRIT Kids classes free of charge.
The group will also work with the BRIT school to introduce a unique Community Arts Practice qualification into their curriculum.
Students can train in areas such as theatre in education, teaching, facilitation, movement, singing and acting and learn how to use the arts to explore a range of social topics.
The courses will be practical, and students would work extensively with the local community as part of their studies.
The school, which will be based at Beaconsfield Terrace and Emberton House, is set to include its very own 200-seat theatre and new high-tech classrooms that will allow students to attend lessons on-site or remotely at the same time.
Furthermore, the school will offer creative arts masterclasses to local schools and community groups by sharing facilities. It is also set to host an annual community arts festival.
Alpha Plus will also finance 12 bursaries and 22 scholarships for any interested student no matter their background. Half of the bursaries and scholarships will be reserved for pupils from Hammersmith and Fulham.
The project is part of the £1.3billion regeneration of West London’s cultural and entertainment district.
The scheme will include a 4,400-capacity live music venue and a 1,575-seat theatre. There will also be 100,000 square feet of restaurants and bars as well as two hotels.
Mark Hanley-Browne, CEO at Alpha Plus Group said, “This is a hugely exciting project for Alpha Plus and the BRIT school. In our own schools, we have seen, first-hand, how music, art, design, drama and dance enhance educational excellence and help children to grow and develop through self-expression.
“Alpha Plus prides itself on providing excellence in learning across all key subjects, and providing the Gold Standard in education, and we are fully committed to bringing these unique, life-changing opportunities to the children of Hammersmith and Fulham, with our partners The BRIT School.”
Stuart Worden, Principal of The BRIT School said: “Having developed a very successful performing and creative arts school in South London that is now known around the world, we are excited about collaborating with a world-class school in West London.
“We will create opportunities for local young people to train in performing and creative classes and we will be working with Alpha Plus Group on developing community classes, arts festivals and local projects that we hope will have a long-lasting impact.”
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October 4, 2022