Chase & Status to set up free school

Dance duo to set up school for teenagers wanting to break into music industry

Chase & Status to set up free school

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Dance duo Chase and Status are setting up a free school.

The pair are in the end stages of setting up a school for teenagers to help them work in the music industry, The Sunday Times reports.

Based in east London, the school will teach pupils aged between 16-19 in courses from how to perform dubstep to music technology. It will also teach students Maths and English.

The free schools programme was a flagship Tory education policy that allowed parents, teachers, charities of private firms to run state-schools free from local authority control. It's being backed by the Brit School – which counts Adele and Amy Winehouse among its roll call of ex-pupils.

Will Kennard – also known as Status, says he was inspired to set up the school by his teacher brother after his work with teenagers at North Trafford College in Manchester, where Kennard was at university.

"I came across some incredibly talented kids who did not know how good they were at music,” he said. "They did not really progress to the next level and realise their ambitions. These kids were probably more talented than I was, yet here I am succeeding in the music industry. Why aren’t they?"

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