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We’re teaming up with the Burberry Foundation

We’re teaming up with the Burberry Foundation

The Burberry Foundation is launching in Yorkshire the first in-school programme of its scope and scale to understand how deep experience of the arts can have a positive effect on young people’s lives. We are one of eight schools in Yorkshire taking part.

Created in close partnership with the Ideas Foundation, the ‘Burberry Inspire’ programme will be delivered in eight schools in Yorkshire, and run by four eminent, local organisations across theatre, film, dance and art: Leeds Playhouse, Leeds Young Film, Northern Ballet and The Hepworth Wakefield.

The impact of the four-year long programme will be studied by researchers from the Policy Institute at King’s College London, who will examine how cultural and creative education can help young people to transcend challenging circumstances, widen their horizons and realise their aspirations.

We’re working with Leeds Young Film this year, where our students will get the chance to make, produce, write, edit and star in their own original films.

Debbie Maturi, Manager at Leeds Young Film said “Over the next four years we will work with young people to become the next generation of film talent, opening up skills and career opportunities in film that they may not have considered, and are nationally in demand including transferable contemporary skills such as narrative filmmaking including using virtual reality, vlogging and social media”.

The Burberry Foundation has a longstanding relationship with Yorkshire and supporting its communities, such as tackling educational inequality through a partnership with Teach First and The Career & Enterprise Company. Yorkshire is also the home of the iconic Burberry trench coat, which is manufactured in Castleford using materials produced at the Burberry Mill in Keighley.