GCSE music at Sheffield school left on a good note

7 May 2019

GCSE music will continue to play on after a school in Crosspool used crowdfunding to ensure music will stay on the curriculum.

Students and parents were left devastated in March after educational budget cuts had meant that GCSE music would no longer be a subject offered at Tapton school.

However, with the help of the crowdfunding page The Tapton Trust, parents and students will no longer be left disappointed.

The school have raised £3,000 to support the music department and the subject will subsequently continue to run in September 2019.

A year 9 music student said: “I’m so glad they’ve decided to continue running it, now I don’t have to do cookery instead.”

Parent, Lou Westwood, 41 said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s so important to my son, and now he doesn’t need to move schools. He didn’t want to lose his friends.”

The school’s decision to continue running the GCSE has sparked conversation about music in schools all over Sheffield.

Ian Naylor, Head of music education at Sheffield Music Hub said: “We expect and encourage schools to run a full curriculum, and when schools struggle with that, we do everything we can to try and support them to get it back.”

According to Mr Naylor, schools dropping music has been a wide issue for a while.

Hindhouse Secondary school, Sheffield Park Academy and Sheffield Springs Academy had also stopped offering GCSE music in the last five years, but this coming September they will all now have full time music teachers.

“The education narrative is changing; Ofsted inspectors are now looking for a broad and balanced curriculum.”

Written by Amber Thornton

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