Lisa Lashes School of Music has been making (sound) waves over the last year. Opening centres in Northampton and Manchester, with future schools opening in London and Cambridge.
In terms of DJing and music production, there is no minimum or maximum age limit, which is why it should be no surprise that the school has graduated a new class of learners.
Children need alternative provision.
When children are excluded or expelled from school, there is very little to occupy them. This can lead to difficulties in social development, as well as challenges reengaging them back in the academic environment. The School of Music offers an opportunity to learn something completely unique in an environment vastly different from schools. We have seen immense growth in these students, with most now going back into school.
Names have been changed to protect the students.
When Declan started, he struggled with his temper, had trouble engaging with others his age, and was very reluctant to spend time on any form of assignment. At LLSOM, he has quickly become a top student, thriving in a positive environment, which can devote time to each student. Declan was given an individual learning plan, and we are pleased to report that he recently had his first ever sleepover with one of the boys at the school!
He became heavily involved in sessions about staging press shots for social media, and has even discovered ambitions to set up his own photography company.
At the showcase, Declan was able to perform on the decks in front of his parents, playing the music he had produced. At the showcase, he was sad to be bidding the course goodbye, saying “it is the school no one wants to leave”.
Another student, Hannah, was less engaged at first, but when we tailored some lessons to include one of her favourite topics, we were able to watch her grow and start thinking about her future goals. She was able to get involved and learn from Deborah about how to apply make-up, even arranging a photoshoot to show the skills she had developed.
And these are merely two of our brilliant students.
One of the parents expressed this course is “the perfect opportunity for those children who are massively misunderstood by the education system! This course has given my son the confidence and reassurance to find a path for his future”.
We are so proud to see how far they have come, and we are excited to say there are plans to roll out this provision to other areas.