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New home for Creative Academy

Creative Academy, a dance degree programme, now has more space for its students after moving into refurbished space at Orchard Community Centre.

The council, working with Bouygues construction, has refurbished the first floor of Orchard Community Centre, as part of the Chalvey Hub redevelopment project.

The refurbishment work has transformed the area and has included remodelling space to create large rooms and installing a new lift and toilets.

Creative Academy is a unique not for profit partnership between Slough Borough Council and the University of West London, allowing the organisations to re-invest all funds into the programmes to enhance the student experience.

Creative Academy had been using the ground floor but now they can use the extra space on the first floor to increase their student placements and enhance service delivery.

They offer practice based industry standard training, alongside rigorous academic study that reflects the cultural diversity within the dance industry, creating dance practitioners and technicians that can excel in the diverse professional market.

George Kirkham, Creative Academy manager, said: “The Creative Academy was in need of additional space as we have been using The Curve, The Centre and Arbour Park. This was a direct request from students for more, much needed, space. This has allowed the Creative Academy to grow and with the additional space we will be offering the ISTD teaching qualification Diploma in Dance Education, a foundation course and a Masters. It’s very exciting and will support raising the profile of arts in Slough.”

Visit the Creative Academy website to find out more about the programme. 

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