On the 22nd May 7 Warren students travelled to and from Birmingham in order to participate in the Birmingham City University conference sharing the research material from the Exchanging Notes Youth Music project which we have been involved with for the last 4 years. The students travelled for about 8 hours in total with not a single complaint! When at the conference they answered questions from both their Drum Works tutor, Sam Mumford, and also Music Industry and leading Educationalists about their experience with Drum Works. They answered articulately and confidently and were a credit to our school. They were the only students invited to the conference and actually closed the whole event with an amazing performance.
Jayna “overall today has been a great experience, it gave us an opportunity we wouldn’t normally get, amazing to go to a University. It was also entertaining and educational. It was great to get the experience to speak to the interviewers and it gave us a taste of public speaking. It was a long day but worth it!”
Harry “exhilarating and amazing experience to be able to meet the people who funded Drum Works and talk to them about why it is so important to us. We also talked to them about how it has positively affected our daily lives. It was a new experience to visit a university and I had never been to Birmingham before. It seemed a really nice place.”
Due to the high profile nature of this project, the findings of the research being presented to the DfE and the national press there was a lot of pressure on our students to do well and represent both The Warren and the Drum Works project. Every one of them did this brilliantly and we are so proud of them.
Dr Victoria Kinsella, a senior research fellow at Birmingham University has since emailed us with praise for our students saying:
“I think everyone who attended would say that one of the best aspects of the conference was the discussion lead by the students from The Warren and their final performance which closed the conference. The students spoke so eloquently, very highly of the teaching staff and of their experiences of the project. They were extremely professional and were a credit to the school.”
Well done to all involved.
Mrs Briner & Ms Hemlall