Bradley Stoke Community School

Bradley Stoke Community School

The Olympus Academy Trust is committed to delivering an outstanding education for young people, ensuring that our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and learning opportunities.

We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.

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Private Music Lessons

 

We are writing to inform you about the changes we are making to Instrumental Lessons from September 2017. From September, schools in the Olympus Academy Trust will no longer provide the administration to organise or take payment for instrumental lessons. This will now be carried out by the South Gloucestershire Music Hub, or via the independent tutors listed below, who may already provide your son/daughter with tuition.


If you would like your son/daughter to have instrumental lessons, the South Gloucestershire Music Hub or the independent music tutor will now be your direct contact with regard to timetabling and invoices. They will also inform you if they need to reschedule a lesson for whatever reason and keep you up to date with your son/daughter’s progress. Any questions or issues you may have with regards to your son/daughter’s lessons will be addressed directly with the Music Hub or the tutor. We of course will still be on hand to support both the instrumental teachers and yourselves especially in the first couple of terms whilst we all get used to the new system.


The Olympus Academy Trust wholeheartedly supports any child who wishes to learn a musical instrument, firmly believing that this will help to develop their general listening skills, co-ordination and motor control, self- confidence, personal responsibility and social interaction as well as their general enjoyment of music. We actively encourage students to become involved in music and the school subsidises, and will continue to subsidise, many of the lessons provided. We hope that these administrative changes will not deter you or your son/daughter from continuing or taking up learning a musical instrument.


Instrumental Lessons: The Key Facts…..or…..Important Information

Lessons: There will be 30 lessons per academic year usually 10 lessons per two terms. The lesson will last 30 or 20 minutes and in secondary schools only will rotate where possible in a cycle so that students do not miss the same school academic lesson each week. This depends on the total number of students per teacher.

Group Size: Lessons will be delivered either as an individual, a pair or in a group (up to four) – assuming that there are enough students wishing to learn the same instrument at the same level.

Invoices: Invoices will be issued directly by South Gloucestershire Council or the independent tutors.

Timetabling: Times will be posted on the music notice board or in the school and it is students’ responsibility to check these times and to politely excuse themselves from school lessons to attend. Timetables will also be issued via email to students and parents at the start of every two terms.

Terms and Conditions: For Music Hub tuition these can be seen at http://www.integramusic.co.uk/pay- music-centre-fees-online/terms-and-conditions/

For independent teachers, these will be available on application.
Grants and Support: The school will be able to provide support towards the cost of music lessons if your son/daughter is in receipt of free school meals. Please contact the school directly regarding this support.

Instruments

Instruments are not provided by the school. However, there is a wide range of wind instruments that can be hired from the school for a fee of £10.00 per month. A separate ‘Instrumental Hire’ form is available on request.

Additionally the Music Hub can hire out instruments, and you should contact them directly by emailing musicservice@southglos.gov.uk.

You can also take advantage of the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme which allows you to purchase an instrument through school which means you do not have to pay VAT. Instruments bought through this scheme must be used for regular lessons in school.

What to do if you would like your child to have instrumental lessons at school:

South Gloucestershire Music Hub
The Music Hub is able to provide tuition on orchestral and rock and pop instruments


Woodwind
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Brass
Trumpet/Cornet
French/ Tenor Horn
Trombone
Baritone/Euphonium
Tuba
Strings
Cello
Double Bass
Percussion
Drum Kit

Register your interest online if your son/daughter would like to play any of the instruments listed above at https://live.paritor.com/p/1748 or alternatively you can contact the Music Service on 01454 863147 or by email on musicservice@southglos.gov.uk

If your family is in receipt of Free School Meals please tick the remissions box on the registration page. The Music Hub will then contact you to discuss final arrangements and payment.
Confirmation of instrumental lessons will be given as soon as the Music Hub has arranged the timetables. A copy will still be displayed in the school.

Independent Music Tutors

You can contact one of the private tutors below who also provide music lessons in the school:
Independent Instrumental Teachers contact details

Katie Brake
Singing
katie.brake@yahoo.co.uk
07921 836796

James Arbery
Guitar & bass
james@jamesarbery.co.uk
07742 339760

Joe Price
Guitar
joep36@hotmail.com
07723 046527

Jo Fallowfield
Piano/keyboard/violin
jofally@icloud.com
07968 734785