Trustees’ Lectures

In 2012 the school opened an £18m refurbishment with a brand new 250 seat Theatre. The Trustees are keen to see the facility used as a resource for the local community. Susan Service Head teacher said: “We develop the young people of tomorrow with a quality education at the heart of that experience. We are interested in hearing the views of people from within and outside of our community and believe the Education Lecture will create an important platform for dialogue”. 

The Education Lecture started in 2014 with former Secretary for Education, Baroness Estelle Morris, presenting the first inspiring lecture.

This was followed in 2015 with a wonderfully entertaining lecture from the Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry CBE RA and again in 2016 with a fascinating lecture from the former Schools Commissioner for London, Sir Tim Brighouse. Finally, in 2017, we hosted a wonderful interview with choreographer and director Sir Matthew Bourne.

We now look forward to see who will be our next inspirational guest at Arts & Media School Islington.

Previous Lectures

On Thursday 27 April 2017, we hosted our fourth annual Trustees’ Lecture. Sir Matthew Bourne OBE, widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director, will be in conversation with Sarah Crompton former Arts Editor-in-Chief and Dance Critic at The Telegraph. 

The lectures are an invitation only event and all money raised goes to funding activities and projects for our students.


Sir Tim BrighouseSir Tim Brighouse enthralled 150 guests by reflecting on his career and giving insights into his philosophy on teaching and learning. He commended Ms Osagie on her vision and leadership which has ‘taken this school to a place that no one ever dreamed it could achieve’. The Trustees Education Lecture has become an event that refreshes our commitment to education, the arts and ‘finding the song’ in every child.

The evening raised £1,500 towards enrichment activities for disadvantaged students. Last year 35 Year 10 GCSE Art students benefited from a weekend at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Thank you to everyone who attended.


Grayson Perry: Who Are You?Arts and Media School Islington were pleased to welcome Grayson Perry CBE as guest speaker for this year’s Education Lecture on Wednesday 14 January speaking on the topic of ‘Why don’t you get a proper job?’ . The Trustees of Islington Arts and Media School founded the first inspiring Education Lecture in 2014 in order to celebrate and launch the school’s Barton Theatre.

15DI 3830 0007 Keith Emmitt PhotographerGrayson Perry was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003 and is well known for his ceramic works, sculpture and tapestry. He is also known for his Channel 4 series ‘Who are You?’. Arts and Media School’s Year 9 students produced an art exhibition based around this topic and the funds raised from the event will provide students with access to high quality Arts experiences.

“Arts & Media School took centre stage when we joined the national debate on the role of the arts in education. We cannot imagine a world where pupils lose their entitlement to be taught mathematics or science, but nationally we allow Arts education to be trimmed almost to nothing. Within our learning community we embrace the Arts as a valuable 5 year entitlement and enrichment to the academic curriculum. The Grayson Perry Lecture affirms our commitment to the debate of Arts education in our schools today.”

Diana Osagie

“I wanted to write to say a huge congratulations on the fantastic event last night. Thank you very much for extending the invitations to John Jones we were delighted to attend. We are proud to be working in partnership with Arts & Media School and look forward to working together in 2015.”

Hannah Payne – John Jones


Year 10 Present Yourself Day: 27th April