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Halle Orchestra plans to open school.

Halle Orchestra plans to open school.

A leading international orchestra is planning to open a state school and make it a centre of excellence for music.

The Halle Orchestra wants to open a school in Stoke-on-Trent in 2020, for both primary and secondary pupils.

The orchestra will work with an academy trust in setting up the school.

John Summers, chief executive of the orchestra, said the project would use music to "raise aspirations" across other academic subjects.

The school, proposed with the City Learning Trust, would be part of the free schools programme - and approval for its opening depends on the Department for Education.

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