Stuart Worden, The Principal of The BRIT School celebrates 30 years of dedicated teaching and leadership of the UK’s leading free arts school.

Students, Staff, Alumni and Trustees paid tribute to Stuart Worden for 30 years of active service at the school. 

Stuart joined  as a teacher and in 2012 was appointed Principal. Through his inspiring leadership, Stuart has built up the reputation of The BRIT School to new heights and attracted illustrious industry partners, including Burberry, Netflix, YouTube Music and Andrew Lloyd Webber in order to help keep the BRIT School a special home for nurturing young talent who are career-ready for successful futures. 

He has worked closely with our friends at The BRIT Trust- the principal funder of the School- which has resulted in hundreds of students working on all aspects of the BPI's annual BRIT Awards. 

Over the years at BRIT, Stuart has taught thousands of young people across multi curriculum areas including Theatre, English and Business and has directed Musical Theatre and Theatre productions. 

Stuart has also pioneered a successful and wide-reaching community programme working with marginalised groups in Croydon and beyond.  This work has made a positive difference in people’s  wellbeing and mental health.

Prior to joining The BRIT School, Stuart made a transition into education from professional theatre where he worked as a producer, writer and theatre maker with companies including the National Theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, Playwrights' Co-operative and Working Title Films. 

At the School’s 30th anniversary in 2022, Stuart said of the ethos of the School, 

“We believe in high performance. And that this is encouraged by kindness, promoting the individual and love. We believe in providing a safe environment for self-expression and we give young artists the encouragement to dream and be adventurous regardless of your background.

The BRIT School’s impact on the world is there for everyone to enjoy. The songs you have heard, films  you have seen, West End shows that you have  been to, the television you’ve enjoyed. So much of  it has been shaped by this school in Selhurst, South  London, a school free and open for all.”


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