The Tate added its weight to the growing body of support behind Plymouth College of Art’s bid to establish Plymouth School of Creative Arts, a mainstream city centre 4–16 through-school that places creativity and creative arts practice at the very heart of the curriculum and of the wider pupil experience.
Tate’s endorsement is both significant and timely, as Plymouth School of Creative Arts representatives travel to Westminster this week to discuss their proposals for the new Free School in an interview with the government on May 17.
In a letter to the Department of Education, Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota praised the project, saying: “We believe this project to be of potentially national significance for student progression throughout the full continuum of arts and cultural learning from age 4 through to Higher Education at BA and Masters level.
“Tate would like to add its support to Plymouth College of Art’s endeavour to create a through school in creative arts for children starting at age 4 and feel strongly that there is not just room within the education landscape for such a school, but a need and an appetite for a school that gives opportunity for children and young people who have a wider range of capabilities than may be demonstrated through their current educational experience.
“The creative industries continues to be one of the few growing industries in this country and such a school will help nurture skills and aptitudes that may be declining elsewhere, enabling a new young workforce to be able to thrive in the area.”
The campaign to open Plymouth School of Creative Arts has already attracted overwhelming support from Plymouth parents and partner organisations throughout the UK and beyond.
If successful in its bid, the new school promises innovative teaching and creative learning across all subjects, embracing science and technology, art, languages and performance, mathematics and design innovation, through an education that is both broader, and more balanced than the national curriculum now allows
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