New Funders Announced for Achieve Your Greatness!

We’re mega excited to announce that our fundraising efforts have led to welcoming some new funders who will be supporting the next stage of our arts education programme, Achieve Your Greatness (AYG) where we’ll be expanding into three new secondary schools, working in a total of five (up from two).

The Ashley Family Foundation, Vintners’ Foundation and Santander Foundation are all brand new funders and we’re delighted to welcome them on board for the first time. Awards for All which is part of the Big Lottery Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation both return with slightly higher grants from 2015.

So yay!

We’ll be kicking off the third phase of Achieve Your Greatness (AYG) next term at Corelli College (with whom we’ve been working since 2015) and a new partnering school, also in Greenwich, called Thomas Tallis. We’ll be working with Hackney Empire to find a new partnering school in Hackney and then in the Spring term we’ll be working with our ongoing partner, Plumstead Manor School, Greenwich and a new school in Birmingham thanks to our ongoing relationship with Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham.

We’re super excited about expanding Achieve Your Greatness (AYG) so that we can reach more young people from challenging backgrounds. All our schools are based in deprived areas so that we can ensure we reach those who are most likely to benefit from our programme, which delivers workshops that combines music with other artforms.

During our pilot phase between 2015 – 2017, 90% of participants saw themselves as being creative and felt more confident in themselves. Approximately 80% said they tried something new, felt more confident in expressing their ideas to the group and enjoyed working with others.

Meanwhile 75% of the teachers surveyed said that the students improved ‘a great deal’ in sub-skills that fell under Creativity, Confidence, Collaboration and Communication. These included: dealing with fear, improvisation, listening, leadership and teamwork.

We are looking forward to building on these results going forwards by continuing to develop artistic skills through our AYG curriculum as well as important 21st century transferable skills under our 5Cs: Creativity; Confidence; Collaboration; Communication; Critical Thinking.

In the short-term AYG also aims to:
  • Improve attendance, behaviour and engagement in class.
  • Inspire participants to consider at least one arts subject for their GCSEs options.
  • Up-skill new workshop leaders to pass on their knowledge and expertise to younger generations, recycling their greatness and up-skill teachers to incorporate more arts in their teaching.

What’s not to love? We’ll be back more updates on how we’re getting on in the autumn so watch this space. In the meantime if you’d like to be part of supporting our work then please head over to our Trailblazer page to find out more HERE.

Till soon!


Jennie x