Following a successful offer of Â£ 35,500 to the Wolfson Foundation, the school, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), will use the funding to purchase cutting-edge technology and support a new BTEC Level 2 qualification in Music Train you.
With new computers, software and keyboards, the school will be able to move from âtraditionalâ instrument-based music lessons to more technology-oriented, inclusive and accessible to a wider range of students.
In addition, the equipment will increase the potential size of the school’s GCSE and BTEC courses by 25 places each, with a long-term hope that this extended offering can be enjoyed in all Key Stage 5s.
The technology will complement the school’s close ties with the Peterborough Music Hub and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with which they have partnered to create the Peterborough Center for Young Musicians (PCYM).
The PCYM organizes classes on Saturday mornings for enthusiastic children and it is hoped that this offer can be widened thanks to the new investment.
The school hopes to purchase the new equipment during the summer, which means students across the school will be able to benefit from the changes from the start of the next school year in September.
Dennis Kirwan, Principal of Ormiston Bushfield Academy, said: âOn behalf of everyone at the school, I would like to sincerely thank the Wolfson Foundation for their incredible generosity in providing this grant. We have a large number of talented music students and I know this funding will help unleash and nurture that creative potential.
“Our students are enthusiastic and passionate about contemporary music, and I know that by developing the technology and the kit we have available, we can harness this in an extremely positive way.”
Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, said: âThe Wolfson Foundation is delighted to award this grant to the Ormiston Bushfield Academy.
“We have been impressed with the school’s commitment to providing a truly inclusive music program and hope the project inspires a new generation of students to learn and enjoy making music.”