Save A-Level Creative Subjects at Coopers!

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The Governors have decided to take music, drama and DT off of the A-Level curriculum from September 2018.

Coopers' has always been known for its music and drama. Whether it was playing for the Lord Mayor at Mansion House, locals in a piazza in Italy, the school's 500th Anniversary at St Paul's Cathedral or winning national competitions, if you were theatrical, Coopers' felt like home.

Many students who took creative subjects to A-Level, work very successfully in that field today, from West End Musicals to orchestras, creative teachers and designers to name a few.

The creative industries are worth almost £90 billion a year to the UK economy, more than almost any other industry and comparable in size to the financial services industry. They are growing faster than the rest of the UK economy, but experiencing skills shortages.

Coopers is a beacon of light in state funded education in creative subjects, if these subjects aren't offered here, there's little hope of them lasting anywhere else in the state funded education system, which will make the industry even more out of reach to people from less privileged backgrounds.

Children from all over Havering and surrounding boroughs apply to the 6th form, as it's reputation for creative subjects up the age of 18 are known well. To axe these subjects now is not just a loss for the current students of Coopers', but children across the area, who might have hoped to go there for 6th form to study these subjects.

I'm currently creating shows, designing costumes, building sets and performing every day, teaching Korean children English through English Theatre. Here in Korea, creative subjects are valued as highly as mathematics and science, as they recognise the importance of creative learning and building the whole person.

I would not be here today without having taken music and drama A-Levels at Coopers' and the creative opportunities it gave me up to the age of 18.

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