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Academy views wanted

SOLIHULL parents and students are invited to participate in a consultation for a proposed performing arts and media academy in Birmingham.

SOLIHULL parents and students are invited to participate in a consultation for a proposed performing arts and media academy in Birmingham.

The proposed Birmingham Ormiston Academy, would create a centre of excellence in the West Midlands for digital media and the creative and performing arts.

The academy would offer a unique curriculum combining both academic and vocational subjects, based on the successful formula of The BRIT School in London, whose recent graduates include Adele, Kate Nash and Leona Lewis.

If approved, the centre will open in September 2011 in the heart of Birmingham's learning, technology and heritage quarter, Eastside and cater for students aged 14-19 from across the region.

A series of informal consultations are being held to allow parents and prospective students to find out more about the Academy and give their feedback.

These views will be reported to the Government to consider, when deciding if the academy should be established.

A host of sponsors and partners would be involved in the project including, lead sponsor Ormiston Trust, with Birmingham City University as co-sponsor.

Key partners in the creation and development of the academy would include The BRIT School, Birmingham City Council, Maverick TV, and Matthew Boulton and South Birmingham Colleges.

The landmark new building would also house an 'Extended School' that would offer a range of services and activities for students, families and the community.

The Solihull consultation evening will be in The Hub, Touchwood on Monday September 29, from 6.30pm-8pm.

For more details on go to www.proposedacademyateastside.org.

 

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