A Coventry school is
celebrating after it won unique status as a specialist art college.
Foxford School and Community
College in Grange Road, Longford has been given £750,000 by the
government to develop its facilities in both the visual and the
It is extremely rare for
schools to be given the chance to specialise in both these fields.
And the school was able to
show off its achievements to Culture Secretary Chris Smith MP when he
visited the studios earlier this week.
Detailed plans will now be
drawn up over the summer for new state-of-the-art facilities.
These will include a new
sculptural and fabrication studio, music practice rooms, recording
facilities and digital imaging equipment.
Head of Creative Arts Hugh
Davies said the school was thrilled to receive the special status,
particularly as it had managed to raise £50,000 in sponsorship to
support the bid.
He said pupils at the school
had a long record of being involved with artistic projects such as the
blue ribbon on the Foleshill roundabout, and some of the public art
along the Coventry canal.
“All the normal subjects
are taught with the same aim of raising achievement, but the arts
will be the main focus.
“Chris Smith looked at a
lot of work by individual students and commented on the wide range
and scope of what was available for them.
“He was interested in what
we could do from here.”
Community groups and schools
in the Longford area will also benefit from the extra facilities as
they will be made available to a wider range of people.
Mr Davies added:
a very exciting time for the school. We are very pleased with what