A new branch of the prestigious BRIT School will open its doors in Bradford later this decade.
The academy’s London branches in Croydon have spawned the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse, and its alumni have sold more than 250 million albums.
Now, following its announcement earlier this year, it has been confirmed that the free school will be coming to Yorkshire in 2026/27 as part of the BPI Education Academy Trust (BEAT).
Gillian Keegan, Education Secretary, said: “Liverpool, my hometown, is famous as the birthplace of the Beatles, the Mersey Beat and many other stars. Whether on stage, screen or behind the scenes, the North is full of creative talent.
“This announcement will mean more young people will be able to reach their full potential and follow in their footsteps, at the new North BRIT School.
“We are increasing the opportunities for more of our children to access this foundation program to succeed in the UK’s growing creative industries.”
Bradford has been chosen as a center to boost the city’s emerging creative economy. The city has also been voted City of Culture 2025, and the school is expected to help fulfill the heritage commitment of City of Culture status and contribute to Bradford’s 10-year culture strategy. The West Yorkshire deputy mayor, Tracy Brabin, has given his go-ahead to the proposals.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, Chief Executive of the British Audiovisual Industry (BPI), said: “We are delighted with this decision, and it is a positive sign that the Government recognizes the vital importance of creative and specialist arts education.
“This school will not only focus on producing our next generation of performers, but more importantly, it will train young people with the important technical skills necessary for the success of our industries and provide them with opportunities otherwise they wouldn’t be able to access them.”
Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: “For over 30 years, The BRIT School has nurtured the next generation of creative talent, showcasing some of our most influential and successful performers and artists.
“Bradford’s new school will offer even greater opportunity for young people to develop their skills and maximize their potential, creating a talent pool for our thriving creative industries.”