Many of our academies have successfully demonstrated the vital role that music and performing arts can play in students’ learning. Our flagship school, Dixons City Academy, is a specialist performing arts academy that has a long history of outstanding music making. Several concerts each year showcase a wide variety of ensembles and performance to a particularly high standard. A most memorable highlight was Dixons City’s 25 year anniversary at St George’s Hall, with former staff and students returning to participate. More recently, students from our other academies come together in collaborative concerts including massed choirs. As an indicator of our commitment to music education, we have a Director of Music who leads this collaboration across all of the Dixons academies, supporting specialist music teachers and providing workshop opportunities. Our talented team of peripatetic staff also work across several Dixons academies, inspiring our students and promoting a love of music.
In 2012, we opened Dixons Music Primary, a school that is dedicated to using music education to raise standards of student achievement, self-discipline and oracy. At this academy, singing is used to develop oracy, performance is used to develop confidence and character. Every student is encouraged to learn an instrument and this is a fundamental element of learning at the school. This unique character has helped to shape the development of the whole child and combines traditional learning, with holistic methods that are both engaging and effective.