Leigh School new music & creative arts facility


 Letter from Daniel Eaton
Headteacher Leigh Primary School
 Wednesday 16th December 2015

Music and Creative Arts Facility

We are in the process of raising money to convert the disused building at the back of Jessica’s Hall into a music and creative arts facility. The school does not have any specific facilities to teach music and although there is a huge amount of music making that is going on in school, we are extremely short of space. There are in excess of 35 music lessons a week that happen in school and these take place in the library, resources room, Headteacher’s office, staffroom and corridors. The lessons are often interrupted by other children and staff and are not set up for music tuition.

Leigh Primary School is actively promoting the arts. We have a very active school choir of just under 50 children, a school orchestra of around 20 children, whole class music tuition going on throughout the whole school and many children learning musical instruments. The room will be properly furnished with musical instruments and a new piano and will be a vital facility to allow us to nurture and develop the children’s musical and creative interests.

The room will be used in a variety of ways including:

  • 1 to 1 music lessons provided by visiting peripatetic teachers
  • Small group work for children in need of additional support within the programmes of study of the National Curriculum
  • Small group music tuition
  • Small group art and DT lessons
  • Assist musical and dramatic productions
  • Clubs such as a weekly orchestra rehearsals and mosaic making club
  • Outside groups from the local community such as the historical society and those requiring an additional space for rehearsals

We are specifically looking at providing a facility that will inspire a love of music and the arts which we hope will stay with the children for the rest of their lives. With this room we would like to be able to offer more peripatetic music teaching and increase participation in the arts. We would like to see at least half the children in the school learning a musical instrument and all children being given the opportunity to develop their talents and skills in the arts.

We are also passionate about allowing this facility to be used by members of the local community. It will be an ideal practice space for local musicians and will be big enough to allow bands and small ensembles to rehearse. There are many talented musicians in the village who, for one reason or another, would welcome the opportunity to rehearse in such a space with a high quality piano.

Daniel Eaton
Headteacher Leigh Primary School 

The facility is open to the public Monday to Friday from 4.30pm until 8pm; on Saturdays and Sundays and during school holidays from 9am to 8pm.

Information about the facility and the booking process will be contained on the school website (www.leighprimaryschool.com) and will be promoted directly to the local community via the Parish Magazine. The school will shortly be holding a meeting, to which members of the local community will be invited to view the plans and register their interest in using the facility.

If anyone wishes to contribute to the fund raising effort please contact Beverley Doherty