Pierce Brown, head of the Arts Faculty at Highbury Grove, says the school can compete with top private institutions.
Caitlin Hogan, a student at Highbury Grove, says she owes her passion for music to the school.
Rhiannon Hughes, the Head Teacher of Highbury Grove, says the extra funding enables the school to engage with diverse communities.
A charitable trust has given hundreds of inner-city kids the chance to learn a musical instrument.
All 210 Year Seven pupils at Highbury Grove Secondary have been handed a violin, cello or viola thanks to a five-figure donation from a family trust.
And teachers say it's having a transformational effect. In a school where more than 50 languages are spoken, it provides a universal method of communication.