Believe  Belong  Become

University of Chester Academies Trust

University Academy Warrington

News Articles

Project helps pupils hit right notes - 26/01/2017

YOUNG performers have been showing how music makes a difference to their lives.

Year nine music pupils from University Academy in Padgate welcomed a visit from The National Foundation for Youth Music. The children’s charity funded 10 projects across England as part of its ‘Exchanging Notes’ initiative which explores the links between formal and informal music educational settings.

The work in Warrington, spearheaded by Accent Music Education Hub, Score Creative Education and the University Academy was one of the chosen projects.

The four-year initiative will see music leaders and school teachers given the opportunity to work together and learn from each other to develop new ways of offering musical opportunities both in and out of school.

Steve Oates, director of Score Creative Education said: “The Warrington Exchanging Notes project has given a huge boost to the standard of music lessons both in University Academy and across Warrington as a whole.

“The work is being closely followed by Birmingham City University which is measuring the impact of high-quality music provision on the young people involved in terms of attendance, attainment and attitude.”

Matt Griffiths, chief executive of The National Foundation for Youth Music, said: “Youth Music is really proud that as well as helping young people develop musically the projects we support have personal and social outcomes too.”

“We support 350 music-making projects national wide and the Exchanging Notes projects in Warrington and across the country are my favourite overall.”

Dianaimh Ward, head of performing arts at University Academy, added: “It’s great to see the impact the project has had upon our pupils and it was lovely for the children to meet Matt and Carol form the charity to share their budding skills.”

Credit: Article from Warrington Guardian, published January 5, 2017.