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Axed creative arts A-levels to be reinstated next year at Coopers’ sixth form

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 July 2018

Students at the Coopers Company & Coborn school protesting about the decision to cut the school's arts subjects

Students at the Coopers Company & Coborn school protesting about the decision to cut the school's arts subjects

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Parents and pupils alike will be celebrating as a sixth form has made a u-turn on its decision to scrap A-level music, drama and design technology from its curriculum.

Letters were sent home to the parents of those who attend The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, yesterday, Tuesday, July 10, from the chairman of governors John Fahy, to inform them of the good news.

In the letter, he said: “Late last year, you will recall that faced with continuing cuts to our funding and a need to set an in-year budget deficit, we very reluctantly agreed a decision to remove music, drama and design technology from our A-level curriculum.

“This certainly attracted a lot of attention on social media and elsewhere at the time!

“At the time of taking that decision, we committed to keeping it under regular review.

“I am now very pleased to announce that all three subjects will be reinstated and offered as part of our A-level curriculum from September 2019.

“We greatly value those subjects and recognise their importance and the impact they have on the whole school and the student experience in general.”

The decision was made in November last year due to ongoing government funding cuts to schools’ budgets.

Following the news that the sixth form was going to scrap the creative subjects, more than 14,000 people signed an online petition in a bid to save them.

Mr Fahy said: “The challenges we face in the coming years will be no less demanding and there will always be difficult choices to be made but we have an extremely dedicated, professional and talented staff to help us address them.

“The entire governing board offers its sincere thanks to the whole staff for their dedication to the school and the students.

“Finally, I would also like to offer my thanks to all of you and your sons and daughters for your ongoing support to the school.

“The summer holidays are almost upon us and I wish you all a most enjoyable time.”

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