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LIPA proposes secondary school with focus on performing arts

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is planning to open a secondary school focusing on the performing arts.

LIPA has submitted plans for the free school to he Department for Education, and is hoping to open it in September 2021.

It would follow the launch of its primary school in 2014 and sixth form college in 2018.

Mark Featherstone-Witty, chief executive of LIPA, said: “We are the only UK institution of our kind to open and run a primary and a sixth form. Our high school will fill the age gap, so youngsters could start with us at four and continue, if they wanted to and had the ability, until they are 24.

“This hasn’t been done before. If we are allowed to, we will be as excited as the parents who already send their children to us.”

LIPA said that that first three years of the school would deliver the national curriculum, with years 10 and 11 focusing on combining core curriculum disciplines with more specialist and creative arts ones.

It said the school’s admissions policy would “reach out to the locality and wider region”.

If the application is successful, the DfE would invite LIPA to a panel interview.

Free schools with an arts focus have previously been touted for Berkshire [1] and Essex [2], though neither has yet come to fruition.

Earlier this year, LIPA was awarded almost £4 million to create a series of new courses to equip students for work in immersive events.