PTFA wins funding to secure future of brass provision at Five Ways!

With the help of parents who have supported events we have pleasure in announcing a successful grant application which has enabled Five Ways to purchase a set of musical instruments.  Mr McFarlane has purchased a set of 35 instruments with funds raised by the PTFA and a grant from the EMI Music Sound Foundation, an independent music education charity set up to improve young people's access to music education in England and Ireland. 

In July last year Mr McFarlane lead teacher of music approached the PTFA for help to raise money to continue brass tuition at Five Ways as it was in jeopardy due to school budgetary constraints.  After research into various funding streams the PTFA discovered the EMI Music Sound Foundation and submitted a bid.  Following a competitive process and much demand on funds, we heard that our bid had been successful and Five Ways was awarded an EMI grant of £1,000.  The PTFA contributed £1,728 which has enabled the school to purchase 35 brass instruments (25 pTrumpets and 10 pTrombones).

Mr McFarlane, said, “ I am thrilled that with the help of the PTFA we have been able to purchase a set of brass instruments so that we can continue the excellent brass tuition at Five Ways.  Every child in Year 5 has been given a brass instrument and as part of their music provision during the year, they will learn how to play their instrument.   Not only does it benefit the Year 5 cohort, but also allows us to offer very competitive follow-on tuition and instrument hire for the Year 6 cohort and allows us to keep and grow the school Wind Band year on year.  These new instruments will benefit all the children at Five Ways as they enter into KS2 and will potentially benefit them into their adult lives".

The EMI grant, matched with PTFA’s contribution will make a huge difference to our school.  It will enable Five Ways to continue with the current excellent brass provision and will enable give KS2 children the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and read music.  There is lots of evidence to suggest that learning a musical instrument at Primary School has numerous great benefits.  It can boost a child’s confidence and learning in other areas and lead to improvements in reading, writing and arithmetic. 

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