Aug 28 2012 By Hannah Bewley
SINGERS, actors and dancers showcased their talent to mark the end of a popular summer scheme.
A packed audience of proud parents and dignitaries enjoyed Brent’s Got Talent on Friday last week.
It was performed by disadvantaged young people who had taken part in a two-week programme designed to make the transition from primary to secondary school much easier.
The scheme – which was funded by some of the £50 million government fund for such projects – benefited 350 children who will join Copland Community School in Wembley, Crest Girls’ and Crest Boys’ Academies in Neasden, Kingsbury High School and Preston Manor School in September.
The participants learned literacy and numeracy skills, had exercise and drama classes and went on trips to London Zoo and a West End musical.
It was run by Remal Tailor, and Jay Ruparelia, who both live in Brent and are co-founders of Teachus, an after school tuition company.
Mr Tailor, director of Teachus, said: “Everyone deserves the best start to secondary school, which is what we are hoping to achieve for all the participants who take part in our summer schools this year. We want everyone to develop the confidence to enjoy learning and develop their talents.”
Brent Central MP and Minister for Children and Families, Sarah Teather, judged the competition and Copland Community School won overall with an act inspired by their trip to the zoo.
Ms Teather said: “I was very happy to be asked to judge Brent’s Got Talent and to be given the opportunity to see the result of all the hard work the pupils have put in over the last two weeks.
“It’s great that so many schools in Brent have taken advantage of the extra funding and I want to congratulate Teachus on running an excellent summer school.”