This week the School was awarded the ISM / ISM Trust’s Bronze Certificate. This means that more than 10% of all the school’s GCSE students achieved an A* to C in GCSE music.
Director of Music Anna Downes commented: “Music is a huge part of the curriculum and we are justifiably proud of the contribution the music department makes to school life. Receiving the ISM Trust’s Bronze Certificate is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our GCSE music students.”
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for musicians – congratulated the school, saying. “We are delighted to recognise Old Swinford Hospital’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils. Music is a valuable subject, it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Old Swinford Hospital values music within their school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.”
The certificate is awarded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the ISM Trust (www.ismtrust.org).