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Best Classical Music Education Initiative - The Nominees
Highbury Grove School. Highbury Grove School, a once-failing secondary school in north London where 70% of students are eligible for free school meals, hit the headlines earlier this year when it was announced that all 210 Year 7 pupils had been given a violin, viola or cello. Many Highbury Grove pupils start the day at 7.50am with an orchestral rehearsal and are able to opt into a programme which lets them spend Fridays entirely on music. It is expected that all 600 children in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be learning an instrument by 2014.