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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Abbey Manor College

Abbey Manor College is the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) for Lewisham Borough. In the music course we cover Level 2 BTEC in Music and Bronze and Silver Arts Awards. Students study a range of musical activities including technology, performance and composition. Students also sit two exams- Music and Production Analysis and The Music Industry.

  • Organisation Type: School / special school / Pupil Referral Unit


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Proportion of the young musicians who face aspects from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation


Three most commonly faced challenges

Attends pupil referral unit, Young offender, Mental health problems

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Lewisham
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, Improvisation, Instrumental tuition, Mentoring, Performance, Research, Technology, Untuned percussion, Working as an ensemble, Career development, Web design, Radio Projects


African, Contemporary classical, Dance electronic, Garage, Gospel, Grime, Hip Hop, Jazz & blues, Pop and Rock, Reggae, RnB

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Abbey Manor College are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Abbey Manor College:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)