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. In 2017, we hosted a wonderful interview with choreographer and director Sir Matthew Bourne and in 2018 we welcomed the director of the Museum of London, Sharon Ament. Last year we hosted an interview with inspirational Global Teacher awardee, Andria Zafirakou

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trustees’ Lectures were cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We hope to resume the lectures in 2022. More news to follow on this.

Previous Lectures


AMSI Trustees were delighted to welcome Global Teacher awardee, ANDRIA ZAFIRAKOU as guest speaker at their annual Education Lecture 2019.
An audience of educators, artists and local residents were inspired by Andria’s commitment to teaching and her unique approach to making the arts accessible and inclusive. Andria has used her $1m award to set up her own Artists in Residence Foundation which AMSI will be working in partnership in the near future.


On 3rd July, the 2018 Education Lecture was presented by Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London.
Titled ‘Reimagining, reinventing and transforming the Museum of London’, the presentation provided an opportunity to highlight the school’s specialism and commitment to the arts.


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. 


Sir Tim Brighouse

Sir 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.


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.

Grayson 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