Here at Poynton High School we encourage all students to take part in extra-curricular activities and would be delighted if your child would like to start or continue playing a musical instrument. We are fortunate to have a team of experienced instrumental tutors who visit the school to give professional tuition on a range of musical instruments. Students are taught on a weekly basis during the school day or on some occasions after school. The lessons are 30 minutes in length, and are timetabled during different periods each week so that students are not regularly missing the same subject.
In some cases the school is able to loan instruments but if not then we recommend that you hire instruments from the ‘Love Music Trust’ which we are in partnership with. Further information and hire charges are detailed on their website;
It is important that your child practises regularly between lessons to reach their potential. Once proficiency on an instrument is reached, students are encouraged to participate in school ensembles such as Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Poynton Music Academy as well as take music examinations which in later life can be beneficial as reaching higher than Grade 6 standard awards UCAS points which can assist with University applications as well as count under the new GCSE framework within the Attainment 8 and Progress 8.
The lessons are taught on an individual basis and cost £14 per half-hour session. Where applicable, students for whom the school is in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant funding, may have the option of support where part of this service will impact positively on their attainment and progress. If you feel this may be applicable to your child please contact our strategic leadership team via Mr Bennett.
Students are expected to be prompt and punctual to all instrumental lessons. They will be given a yellow practice booklet which will be updated by your child as well as the instrumental tutor. It is also used as means to allow you to communicate easily with the instrumental tutor. The booklet is required to allow students to leave normal curriculum lessons although we stress to the students that they should inform their subject teachers as soon as they know they will be missing part of a lesson.
We try, wherever possible, to accommodate all students who have a genuine enthusiasm for learning an instrument.
If you require further information regarding instrumental teaching at Poynton High School, or any other aspect of music provision, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Rawling at school.