VB Music Department hits the right note!

November 2021

We have been nominated by Sunderland Music Hub to become a Music Mark school for the 2021/22 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 ongoing pandemic. The peripatetic team have done everything possible to help keep music active and raise it’s visibility. From online teams lessons during school closures to a full relaunch of additional musical opportunities throughout Music Week performance event in September 2021.

As a department, we have approximately 20% of the school populous 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 18 months, 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.”