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Highgate held its Go Creative - Get A Job! Conference run in partnership with The Roundhouse, The Art Room and Creative Industries Federation. The conference highlighted the importance of the creative industries as a career choice for young people. 

The day featured a wide range of speakers and workshops, and the Head, Adam Pettitt, highlighted the detrimental effect that Ebacc and Progress 8 have had on GCSE choices and the need to encourage the creative arts subjects in schools. Adam Pettitt suggested that, “Thousands of pupils are turning their backs on creative arts and we need to change a system which requires a child to choose between subjects long before their time is due. If a child follows a passion, listens to their heart, they will make the difference which gets things done, finds solutions, and mobilises their talent and energy.”

He was joined by other speakers including a keynote from the actor and writer Meera Syal, who stated that, “If you’re going to get up every day for the next 40 years to do a job, it really helps if you love it. If you’re passionate about your vocation you are likely to be brilliant at it because it’s not just a job, it’s your calling, it’s your heart’s desire, it’s who you are.”

Marcus Davey, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, the Roundhouse, noted how “the Arts bring us together, help us mark important moments in our lives, build communities and civic pride and give hope. We strongly feel that by linking our organisations and institutions together through culture we build a better society.”

Highgate also announced a new arts partnership with the Roundhouse Theatre, which will work across its partner state schools, including the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham.

Continuing on the theme of creativity and the Arts, Highgate School is proud to be running the Highgate Festival 5th – 10th July this year, alongside the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum. The Festival has been revived to celebrate all the things the community love about Highgate. Various venues around Highgate will be filled with art, history, music, dance and literature events, many of them free.

With the Neighbourhood Forum and Highgate school taking the organisational lead, it is hoped that the festival will blossom into a permanent fixture in the annual calendar. Venues, community and religious groups, schools, churches and businesses have joined in by creating events and exhibitions or hosting other organisations.


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