Croydon’s BRIT School has been named as one of the top five schools and colleges in the country in a report from the Be Open foundation – a charitable organisation designed to foster creativity and innovation.
Its latest report – A Review of Policy, Provision and Excellence in Arts Teaching Across Secondary Education in Europe, examines creative education in eight European countries and identifies the five strongest schools or colleges in each country.
The research uses existing reporting and statistics to rank 20 institutions in each country, with the five leaders highlighted.
Each entry includes notes on societal context, accessibility, funding, career opportunities, notable professors, alumni and innovative features.
The report acknowledges that while education at secondary level needs to reflect awareness of the professional landscape and career opportunities, it should also give pupils an appreciation of creative principles.
Be Open says that its aim in creating this report is to help define “excellence” and recognise leadership in creative education, helping students make informed choices about what to study and where.
The ranking reveals that there are relatively few schools which offer a rich creative experience, as most focusing on traditional studies and exam-based work. However, those which do have the confidence to recognise the potential of creative education are now able to give proven argument for its approach, with pupils being more engaged and obtaining better results overall.
The BRIT School, situated on The Crescent in Selhurst, and which celebrates its 25th anniversary later this year, was noted in the report for its “pioneering approach” which has produced some of the biggest names in the music industry in recent years – most notably Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua, Kate Nash, Adele, Leona Lewis, the Kooks and The Noisettes.
Yelena Baturina, the founder of Be Open, said: “The landscape of European creative education is incredibly diverse and significant. The European art, design and architecture schools train more young creatives than any other region of the world.
“With our research we hope to produce the Ranking System that will provide the universal and objective picture to those who will greatly benefit from it – young people who aspire to professional careers in creative disciplines”.
The system developed by Be Open evaluates not the schools and their material resources, but the value of educational programmes they offer. The ranking is part of Be Open’s educational initiative Inside the Academy and was conceived for two main groups: applicants to academic programmes in design and architecture around the world, and potential employers. The ranking helps applicants choose where to study and influences employers looking for the future stars of architecture and design.
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