Music Week 2021 – A flying Start to the Year!

October 2021

Music got off to a flying start in Venerable Bede this academic year! We run small group instrumental and singing lessons and currently have almost 200 pupils taking lessons each week, along side our extra-curricular singing club and rock bands. We re-launched music to our new year 7s through our Music Week event on Monday 20th September. Aimed at re-invigorating music in schools post COVID-19, the Music Hub gave funds to schools to enable us to have our peripatetic music teachers deliver a bespoke event featuring a range of musical performances, teacher demonstrations, question and answer sessions and a re-launch of singing together in worship.

Ruth Bonner, Head of Music at Venerable Bede CE Academy said:

“Music Week at Venerable Bede has not only raised the profile of instrumental teaching and extracurricular opportunities available within the department, it has also given students a sense of excitement about their curriculum music lessons and promoted large group singing, something that children have been unable to do for over a year. The overall effect has been really positive with uptake to lessons increasing rapidly. Our Music Week event has been the highlight of the academic year so far. Music tutors and departmental staff put on a live performance together, playing songs such as Walking On Sunshine, Footloose, Don’t Stop Believing and Dance Monkey. Our new year 7 pupils loved listening and joining in and there was a real buzz in the atmosphere with lots of positive comments from both pupils and staff. We will definitely run assemblies like this in the future.”

Our Senior Leadership Team added:

“We are incredibly lucky to have such a talented and dedicated team of musicians working at Venerable Bede Academy to educate our young people. Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Music Team doing what it does best. The atmosphere was such that it left our students inspired to learn an instrument”