BRIT School

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BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
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Established 1990
Type City Technology College
Principal Stuart Worden
Location The Crescent
Croydon
London
CR0 2HN
England, United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°23′24″N 0°05′29″W / 51.3899°N 0.0914°W / 51.3899; -0.0914
Local authority Croydon
DfE URN 101849 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1200
Gender Mixed
Ages 14–19
Website www.brit.croydon.sch.uk

The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology is a British performing arts and technology school located in Selhurst, Croydon, in London, England, with a mandate to provide education and vocational training for the performing arts, media, art and design and the technologies that make performance possible. Selective in its intake, the school is notable for its numerous famous alumni including Adele, Tara McDonald, Stefan Abingdon, Katy B, The Feeling, Imogen Heap, Jessie J, Cush Jumbo, Rizzle Kicks, The Kooks, King Krule, Leona Lewis, Ashley Madekwe, Katie Melua, Kate Nash, Shingai Shoniwa, Amy Winehouse, and Rainy Milo.

Established in 1991 under the CTC programme, the school is funded by the British Government with support from the British Record Industry Trust and maintains an independent school status from the local education authority. The school is remarkable as being one of the only performing arts and technology schools in the country that is free to attend.

History[edit]

Mark Featherstone-Witty had been inspired by Alan Parker's 1980s film Fame to create a secondary school specialising in the performing arts. By the time he started trying to raise money through the School for Performing Arts Trust (SPA), he had refined a novel integrated curriculum. He approached Richard Branson to be the Project Champion who had agreed, but would only do so if other record companies chipped in. As it happened, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) were concerned with home taping and realised they had no political influence to bring the necessary pressure to bear. The Conservative Government needed to give impetus to their flagging City Technology College scheme.

Over 20 years, the BRIT School has been the beneficiary of more than £7 million from the British Record industry, with a substantial annual contribution from the proceeds of the Brit Awards, administered via the record industry’s charity, the BRIT Trust.[1]

The School's former Principal Sir Nick Williams was Knighted in the New Years Honours List 2013 for his services to education.

Mandate[edit]

Beatles Gig (Music)

The school recognises that most of its students intend to make a career in the arts, entertainment and communications industries, but the school expects all to follow full-time courses to completion. It has two professional theatres, the Obie Theatre, which can seat audiences of up to 324 and standing audiences up to 500. The BRIT Theatre opened in January 2012 and seats audiences of up to 280. There are also various dance studios, musical theatre studios and TV and radio studios.

The school was founded in 1991 under the auspices of the City Technology Colleges (CTC) initiative with sponsorship from the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT). Each year the BRIT Awards Music Ceremony raises money, some of which is used to help the continuing sponsorship of the school along with other music charities.[1]

Entry[edit]

Entry to any of the school's courses is initially by application. If applicants meet the initial entry criteria, they may then be invited to interview or audition in their chosen focus (either Broadcast and Digital Communication (BDC), Community Arts Practice (CAP), Dance, Interactive Media, Music, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre and Visual Arts & Design, for sixth-form entry students), plus a meeting with relevant tutors. Entry to the Music course also includes some aural and music theory tests, with entry to the Dance, Theatre and Musical Theatre courses including audition rounds.[2]

Dance Vision (Dance)
Steer The Stars (Musical Theatre)

Growth[edit]

The school expanded in 2012, Acquiring part of the former Selhurst High School building next door. Three new courses, Creative Design Technology, Interactive Media and Community Arts Practise are to be introduced to coincide with this.

Television appearance[edit]

  • GMTV did a one-week focus on the BRIT School, which was shown in the mornings for a week.
  • Alan Carr's talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man spoke about the BRIT School on the episode that aired 13 December 2010.
  • An episode of Celebrity Masterchef was filmed at the BRIT School in spring 2011, which included the final 4 candidates serving lunch. A documentary was filmed and shown on the CBBC channel to name a few.

Notable alumni[edit]

For full list, see Category:People educated at the BRIT School

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