Independent Higham school, Gad’s Hill, has joined forces with the University for the Creative Arts, recently named ‘Modern University of the Year 2019’ by The Times’ Good University Guide, to train and inspire the creative talents of its students.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA), which also holds the title of the ‘Number 1 Specialist Arts Institution in the UK’, will work with Gad’s Hill pupils, in school and at its purpose-built Rochester campus.

Through a series of workshops and advice sessions, UCA experts will support GCSE creative arts students with the development of portfolios while providing careers advice and support in the fields of art, business and technology.

Gad’s Headmaster, Mr Paul Savage, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the very talented young artists, designers, programmers, musicians and actors in our school community.

“Working alongside the country’s leading arts institution, there is incredible potential for arts and technology at Gad’s to thrive. Students who are interested in professions in these areas will receive full preparation from the University to access Extended Diploma courses, which can then guarantee progression to UCA degree programmes.”

UCA Director of Engagement, Mr Andy Blair added: “We are thrilled to be working with Gad’s Hill School in the development of a partnership that will aim to provide opportunities for young creatives to explore their potential in the context of the Creative Industries.

“At a time where creative art, business and technology are advancing at an unprecedented rate – collaborating in this way will help bring a greater understanding of the creative sector to the school’s community and open the door for students looking to build their creative career path through continued exploration of creativity much more broadly, not just in the traditional sense of ‘art and design’.”

In the coming weeks, UCA Outreach tutors will start work with Gad’s Seniors. GCSE students who are already considering further education options for next year will have the opportunity to receive detailed guidance should they wish to make an application to join the University.

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