NORTH Leamington school is a large comprehensive serving a multi-ethnic community in central Warwickshire.
Its head, David Hazeldine, is a passionate supporter of his local education authority and adamant that, if his bid to become a specialist school succeeds, he will do "everything humanly possible to collaborate with the whole family of schools" in his area and beyond.
North Leamington is one of dozens bidding to become performing arts colleges, but one of only two to have so far obtained sponsorship from the Music Sound Foundation.
The pound;100,000 pledge has enabled it to clear the first hurdle and, if the bid succeeds, would unlock a further pound;100,000 capital grant from the Government plus up to pound;300,000 over three years for music, drama and dance.
The grants would enable it to refurbish the school's music suite and turn the hall into a performance area for its existing Bangra dance group, steel-can band, string quartet and choirs.
The second school to receive financial backing from the foundation is Bishopshalt school, a grant-maintained comprehensive in north London. The school's bid includes plans to build a studio for drama, music and dance and setting up an instrument bank.
* The Music Sound Foundation has also set up a pound;500,000 fund to provide small music grants to schools and groups.