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Posted on: April 23 2018

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TPS Recognised for commitment to the Creative Arts

In recognition of TPS’s dedication to high quality music education, we have been awarded the prestigious ‘Music Mark’ school status supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). The organisation noted the hard work of our staff in ensuring that students at TPS are able to access and engage with a fantastic music programme which offers lots of opportunities for performance.

The letter from Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive, said, “Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.”

It’s wonderful for TPS receive recognition for our work in the creative arts. However, nationally, since 2010, there has been a 28% drop in the number of students taking creative GCSEs. We are very proud to have bucked the trend here at TPS and we now have more students than ever taking these subjects. Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre, recently wrote passionately in defence of an education that includes the creative subjects. “The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy, one of the few sectors in which we are celebrated world leaders and in which there is huge employment growth. We are the world’s third largest cultural exporters, after China and the US. Last year the creative industries were worth £92bn to the UK economy. The sector returns more golden eggs every year to the Treasury than the automotive, oil, gas, aerospace and life science industries combined.”

We have a strong heritage as a performing arts school and our music programme is a key part of our vision of an unrivalled student experience. It is also great to be celebrated for our curriculum which offers so much more than can ever be recognised by just looking at our record GCSE exam results alone!

Mark Marande