Over 380 students and staff from 14 schools across United Learning will be collaborating next week for the Group’s first Performing Arts Festival.
Schools will be taking part in two regional events held at AKS School in Blackpool on 26th June and Ashford School in Kent on 29th June. These showcases are forming part of United Learning’s group-wide cultural celebration – the IDeas Festival – which launched this week.
The two music and performing arts events will bring together students aged 9 to 16 from both the state and independent sectors and will be an invaluable opportunity for them to perform, share their ideas and excel as leaders. Likewise, teachers from across United Learning have been developing the programme alongside United Learning’s Head of Music and Performing Arts, Catherine Barker, and strengthening the specialist subject links between schools.
At each event, students will be performing a pre-prepared piece to other schools from their region and will come together in the afternoon for an ensemble singing and dancing performance of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. During the day, they will also be leading workshops for pupils from a local primary school – teaching them choreography and lyrics and helping the children develop in confidence as performers.
Breakdancer George Sampson, who rose to fame after winning the second series of Britain’s Got Talent, will also be meeting students as he MCs the two events and leads a workshop for local primary children.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts, said:
“Following on from the success of last year’s Spirit of Rio cultural festival, we are very excited to be launching IDeas Festival this summer. As part of this, our schools have planned a range of fascinating, engaging activities designed to enhance existing classroom learning, provide additional enrichment opportunities for students and celebrate their local and school communities. This includes a collaborative performance across our Yorkshire cluster and a series of workshops at Lambeth Academy exploring the London borough’s history.
“Through IDeas, we want to build on the excellent links we have developed within music and performing arts across Group and give schools the chance to showcase their talents and creative ideas with peers and colleagues. I am looking forward to seeing all the high-quality work students bring to the regional events next week.”
To find out more about the IDeas Festival, please visit our dedicated microsite.