Swindon Academy students have been reaping the benefits of their extra curricular musical lessons with recognised grades from the Trinity College in London.
Alongside the formal taught curriculum, Swindon Academy offers a host of enrichment, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Through this programme of enrichment, the aim is to develop the unique capabilities of all pupils, boosting their skills, aspirations and confidence.
A culmination of two years of work, the music programme has resulted in a broad range of lessons for pupils which are totally funded by Swindon Academy. Children receive a free weekly lesson, as well as an instrument, which does not happen in any other school in Swindon.
The programme has had an exceptionally high uptake by students who are eager to learn to play an instrument and they are enthusiastically engaging with this unique opportunity. These extra lessons are having a real impact on the students taking music and many are making great musical progress.
This has a positive knock-on effect in the academy, meaning that school is able to offer a programme of performances and concerts throughout the year.
Once students have gained the required level of proficiency, they are entered for the most prestigious music exams, run by the internationally recognised Trinity College, London, with a large number of students having already received grade awards. Higher grades of these awards are recognised when applying for university places as they demonstrate a commitment, discipline and teamwork.