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HRH Duchess of Cambridge Opens The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School

Friday 14 February 2014

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School on Friday 14 February during a morning visit. This celebration of our seventh Art Room studio, in partnership with ICAP, brought together hosts Juli Beattie, Founder Director of The Art Room, Michael Spencer, CEO ICAP and Gloria Lowe, Headteacher, Northolt High School. During her visit, HRH Duchess of Cambridge met students from the school; experienced a short Art Room session with the highly trained practitioners and witnessed the excellent work of the school and Art Room collaboration. Speeches were made by Gloria Lowe, Michael Spencer and Jon Snow, Patron.

Each week, up to 60 students from the London Borough of Ealing are able to benefit from The ICAP Art Room. Following the initial period of working with Northolt High School students, The ICAP Art Room will welcome students referred from neighbouring schools in the London Borough of Ealing.

Headteacher, Gloria Lowe says “The Art Room has been a wonderful and most welcome addition to the learning community of Northolt High School. It is a creative space that is providing a high quality intervention led by professional and dedicated staff. The Art Room models a standard of excellence that is the goal of the whole school and coheres with the school motto 'Excellence as a Habit'. We look forward to the ongoing impact that the Art Room will have on the attitudes to learning, confidence and sense of safety of those students who benefit from this provision.” Gloria Lowe, Head Teacher, Northolt High School.

The ICAP Art Room has been made possible through the generous donation for the set-up and running costs for a year from ICAP Charity Day in December 2012. Michael Spencer, CEO ICAP stated “I am delighted that some of the proceeds of our annual Charity Day are enabling the opening of this wonderful Art Room. It will provide invaluable Art Room services to the London Borough of Ealing and staff have been involved throughout the programme and volunteered during the set-up of the room last summer. On behalf of our employees at ICAP I’d like to congratulate Northolt High School and The Art Room for bringing such tangible rewards to so many.”

Northolt High School was chosen as the site for the ICAP Art Room after a period of consultation. The school is a vibrant learning community serving a diverse population. The students come from many different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds for many of whom English is their second language. This diversity is celebrated and valued throughout the school and the staff work extremely hard to provide the best possible education for each and every one of the students. The school has improved significantly under new leadership and in June 2013 was praised by a team of Ofsted Inspectors who applauded the positive relationships and mutual respect between staff and students, the high expectations that teachers have with regards to achievement and the impeccable behaviour of students around the school. The facilitation of The Art Room in Northolt High School reflects the fundamental commitment that the school has to providing support to meet the range of needs of the students in the school. In future months, the ICAP Art Room will work with neighbouring schools in the London Borough of Ealing to provide an early intervention programme to a wider community.