LIPA primary school may open soon

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Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts © Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts © Wikipedia/Creative Commons

The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) has revealed details of its plans to open a new city base for primary schoolchildren.

Residents are being asked for their views on the proposals for a free school, due to open this September.

Greg Parker, who will be headteacher at the planned new school, told JMU Journalism: “I am delighted and privileged to be given this opportunity. The school will immerse children in the creative and performing arts to enrich teaching and learning in the early development of language, reading, writing and mathematics skills.”

The launch of the school is the latest chapter in the history of LIPA.

The school was originally co-founded in 1995 by Mark Featherstone-Witty and Sir Paul McCartney to provide teaching for those wanting to pursue a career in entertainment and the arts.

The new school is likely to be located in a former home of the JMU Journalism course, in the Dean Walters Building on Upper Duke Street, near Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, although this has yet to be confirmed.

The project, run by LIPA in partnership with Edge Hill University, will be funded by the Department of Education, which gave the project the green light in May last year.

Mr Parker added: “Throughout all stages of the project we have had a very positive response.  We are currently part-way through a Public Consultation and the response has been extremely positive.”

The school’s curriculum is said to offer a different and new approach to primary education, providing the first creative arts immersed curriculum. It will use project and event-based learning to help pupils understand the world and to develop skills and attributes vital for success in later life.

Mr Parker anticipates that pupils will develop a love for the creative and performing arts through their education at LIPA primary school and hopes that they may progress in this area through their secondary and higher education.

“We hope that some pupils will one day choose to apply to LIPA to study a degree here,” he added.

The public consultation on the proposals will run until March 1.

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