VB Music Department hits the right note (AGAIN)!

November 2023


We have, once again, been nominated by Sunderland Music Hub to become a Music Mark school for the 2023/24 academic year. We have been recognised for our commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum and the value that we place on music, and as a result, we have been nominated to become part of the Music Mark community.  

Mrs Bonner, Head of Music, said “It’s great to receive this positive recognition – especially considering the difficulties we’ve faced as a subject during the pandemic. The peripatetic team have done everything possible to help keep music active and raise it’s visibility and importance in the school curriculum. We are looking forward to a busy festive period this year where we can once again welcome live audiences to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and join in community singing. 

As a department, we have approximately 25% of the school population engaged in small group singing and instrumental tuition on a weekly basis and run several after school clubs from rock bands to singing clubs. We have had a number of pupils sit their external ABRSM and Rockschool instrumental singing exams over the last 2 years, both remotely and face to face, and received some amazing results. The music staff have worked collaboratively to get involved in every opportunity to keep music alive in school, pre-recording performances for services and Christmas events. I am so proud to work with such a talented and committed team of peripatetic staff.”