East London Academy of Music has been granted planning permission to create a new base – and its principal promises a “fantastic creative space”.
Charlie Kennard and the academy team set up the free school – which offers music performance, production and business courses to those aged 16 to 19 – in a temporary facility in Stratford in September last year. Celebrities such as Rita Ora dropped in to inspire the teenagers.
Tower Hamlets Council’s development committee has now given the green light to a permanent home near the Northern Approach to the Blackwall Tunnel.
The school, co-founded by Universal Records, will offer places for 300 pupils as well as world class recording studio, theatre performance space and music facilities.
ELAM principal Charlie Kennard said: “We are very excited. We are looking forward to moving to continue our growth.
“The planning application was the next big milestone on our journey and this time next year, we will be in the building.
“We set up in response to the music industry’s demand for more talent and our first year has gone incredibly well.
“There are lots of pockets of excellence in creative education but there is still a demand for outstanding vocational education.
“We aspire to give our students not only incredible resources and facilities but to give great education with a talented, passionate team."
He added: “We are also looking forward to working with the community. There is lots we can do to work with schools who don’t have the resources.”