Penketh Primary’s music teaching excellence recognised
Penketh Primary School has been made an ambassador for music in recognition of the excellence of its music curriculum.
The Music Ambassador School award, presented by Accent Music Education Hub, recognises the excellent work the school does around music, and the importance of the subject within the school’s curriculum.
Music lead Gill Clarke and pupils attended the award ceremony at the University of Chester where Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Wendy Johnson, presented them with the award.
Penketh headteacher Rebecca Kayll said: “We’re delighted with the award, which recognises that music teaching and learning under Gill’s leadership is of a very high quality. It also means that other schools around the area will be able to access music curriculum support from Gill.”
Music is a high priority at Penketh, with lots of opportunities for pupils to participate in a range of musical activities from performing to composition, including bucket drumming, gospel singing, samba drumming, choir, woodwind and brass tuition.
Gill Clarke added: “Music provides children with a vehicle to express themselves creatively. Research has proved that quality music education builds cognitive and non-cognitive skills in children, increasing their confidence and self-esteem alongside feelings of being part of something bigger than themselves.”
Accent Music Education Hub delivers instrumental and vocal teaching to primary and secondary schools across Warrington and Halton. The organisation aims to give every pupil aged 5 -18 the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
Penketh had to go through a rigorous process to qualify for the award, including an assessment of how music teaching was conducted across the school. Gill was also interviewed about music teaching and provision.
Penketh Primary is part of Warrington Primary Academy Trust (WPAT), a community of over 1,900 children aged 2 to 11 in six primary schools and a teaching school, employing the equivalent of over 200 full time staff. The trust was formed in 2016 and has quickly developed a national reputation for excellent standards.
WPAT provides its schools with a range of benefits – schools get the support, expertise and professional development from staff across the trust, so that they can provide the very best education standards for their children.
Gill Clarke, music lead at Penketh Primary School, and pupils Madeline and Dominic with the ambassador award.