28th Jan, 2020

Droitwich's Westacre Middle School celebrates after receiving Music Mark award

DROITWICH’S Westacre Middle School has been awarded the prestigious Music Mark accolade.

It recognises the school’s commitment to providing high quality music education for all children.

Bridget Whyte, the chief executive of the award-giving body, praised the staff for all their hard work.

“Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.”

Westacre offers a range of opportunities for children to play musical instruments in their normal music lessons including recorders, steel pan drums, keyboards and ukuele.

It also gives pupils the chance to privately learn to play instruments such as drums, keyboard, piano and guitar.

And groups benefit from weekly tuition on the cornet, clarinet and other string instruments.

Westacre has a well-established choir through its links with the Worcestershire Rock Choir.

Students get to perform to wider audiences through an Eisteddfod creative arts festival, local Droitwich festivals, events at Worcester Cathedral and in the national Big Sing event.

Ruth Ardis, Westacre’s music leader, said she was honoured to have been nominated for the Music Mark award and proud of the staff’s dedication.

“We passionate about providing opportunities for all children and look forward to continuing our provision and looking for new exciting opportunities as we develop our curriculum further.”

Paul Barber, the school’s deputy headteacher, leads on the school curriculum.

He added: “This award really recognises the effort that Mrs Ardis and other staff go to each day to provide musical opportunities to our pupils who should also be congratulated for how much they make of these opportunities.

“We have some very committed and talented musicians in school.”

He added the school strove to offer a broad curriculum and the Music Mark came after the awarding of the Naace IT Mark and Sports Mark accolades last year.

“As a school, we continue to challenge ourselves to offer our children the best possible education, and are working hard on developing our wider curriculum further still this year.”

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