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Boys' Music is Commended

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Boys’ Division at Bolton School has had its excellent work in music recognised by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) who have awarded the school a Silver Certificate in Music. The recognition is in relation to GCSE results from last summer. The ISM research compared the number of students achieving an A*-C for GCSE music with the size of the whole school Key Stage 4 cohort and found that more than 15% of the year group achieved an A*-C for GCSE music – only 145 other schools, of 4,961 secondary schools in total, matched this achievement. 

A delighted Director of Music in the Boys’ Division Mr Bleasdale said: “Last year, 27 boys took GCSE Music and, of these, 26 got either an A* or A grade. Whilst a final grade is important, we also build the boys’ confidence in public performance. They perform regularly as soloists and as members of ensembles in school concerts, which have recently taken place at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight. They also take part in music festivals, competitions, European tours and in the local community.” 

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said: "Music is a hugely important subject in itself, for future professional careers and for wider learning in a school; it adds huge benefits to the wider curriculum, school and community life and educational opportunity. As the professional body for musicians, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate."

The ISM is a subject association for music educators. It looks after more than 7,500 members who work as classroom teachers, instrumental and vocal teachers, performers and composers. The certificate is supported by the ISM Trust (www.ismtrust.org), the charitable arm of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. The Trust was created in 2015 to promote and support music education and music itself.



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Large numbers of boys regularly take part in concerts at some of the North

Large numbers of boys regularly take part in concerts at some of the North's top venues