Music Mark awarded to Bridgewater School
For pupils here at Bridgewater School, music is an integral part of their learning journey. From Kindergarten through to Sixth Form, everyone understands the positive impact that music education has on all areas of school life. From developing language and communication skills to building self-esteem, the transformational power of music is well-documented and ‘Our commitment to providing a high quality music education to children and young people’ has been recognised by the UK Association for Music Education with an invitation to become a Music Mark School.
As a school we work hard to ensure that all pupils are able to access and engage with a high quality music education. Music lessons are supported through an array of extra-curricular clubs for all ages including Prep Choir, Instrumental Ensemble and Elite Vocal Group, together with annual musical theatre productions. Enrichment trips organised throughout the year deepen knowledge and understanding for the school’s GCSE and A-level Music students, whilst younger pupils are encouraged to participate in specially designed choral and instrumental workshops, helping build confidence and foundation music skills. The music department also has a qualified staff of specialist peripatetic teachers who visit school during the week to give tuition on an individual and shared basis across a wide variety of instruments.
Visiting tutors from institutions such as the Royal Northern College of Music and MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Salford) provide additional opportunities for students to learn classical instruments and grow together as a group. Key skills are enhanced as they experience playing in an ensemble, developing musicianship and playing technique, culminating in a musical showcase performance.
Mrs Embrey, Director of Music, says: “As a school we truly believe in the importance and value of music education and the positive impact it has upon a pupil’s whole school achievement and are therefore delighted to be recognised as a Music Mark School.”