University Academy Holbeach award is music to their ears
The music department at University Academy Holbeach is celebrating after winning the Secondary School Music Department of the year at the Lincolnshire Music Service Awards.
The award was presented at a ceremony held at the Lincolnshire Show.
The department was nominated by its visiting woodwind teacher Ann Wright, who was impressed with the school's wide and thriving programme of activities, which are inclusive and welcoming to all.
UAH prides itself on making music accessible and exciting to all pupils and its ensembles include Chamber Choir, Pop Choir, Pop Harmonies, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band and Ukulele Orchestra.
The department puts on regular concerts every year and is passionate about bringing music into the community, giving performances at schools and care homes.
The school has a very good record of results at GCSE and Key Stage 5 but values musical participation at all levels.
Its curriculum is designed to be ambitious and engaging and develop a knowledge of a wide range of musical styles, including classical, pop, Samba, Gamelan and African drumming.
Drama has recently been added to the curriculum at the UAH and the department is now a Performing Arts Department. Head of Performing Arts Sam Graper said: "Winning this award is a lovely way to mark the end of a chapter of our history and I am thrilled that all of the department’s achievements have been recognised in this way."