Secure future for music school

Folk in the Park,Brackley.Brackley Music School.'110626M-C290
Folk in the Park,Brackley.Brackley Music School.'110626M-C290

COUNTY hall bosses have been praised ahead of a decision to make the performing arts school in Brackley a charity.

The school, now known as the Brackley Centre for Performing Arts, is part of the Northants Music and Performing Arts Service.

At the end of the 2009 there were fears the service, which is regarded by many as the best of its kind in the country, would have to close to due to Northants County Council spending cuts.

But next week the NCC cabinet will discuss a report which recommends the service be made a Company Limited by Guarantee, safe guarding its future.

Blake Stimpson has been chairman of the Brackley school since it began in the mid 1970s and said he was delighted with recommendations.

He added: “There is not doubt at all the music these young people play is world class. I’m always criticising the county council, but on this they have scored a 9.8 out of ten.”

Mr Stimpson said the school has a wealth of talented staff members and teachers whose enthusiasm and discipline gave children an ideal start in life.

On Tuesday the NCC cabinet will discuss the report which says if the excellent the educational opportunities the service provides are to be retained radical change is necessary and would be best achieved outside the confines of the council.