Pupils are top of the class at music festival

Sheringham Primary School music teacher Jon Cooper with his guitar group. Picture Karen Bethell

Sheringham Primary School music teacher Jon Cooper with his guitar group. Picture Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

Staff and pupils at Sheringham Primary School enjoyed a song-filled celebration this week, after winning top marks at Norwich Music Festival and gaining an award for providing musical opportunities ranging from guitar lessons, to a recorder club.

Sheringham Primary ukulele group members with music teacher Jon Cooper. Picture Karen Bethell

Sheringham Primary ukulele group members with music teacher Jon Cooper. Picture Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

Both the school's handbell group, and its 30-strong choir won highly commended awards at the festival, with Sheringham Primary also gaining a Music Mark award from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for the value placed by staff on music.

As well as benefiting from weekly music appreciation sessions featuring tunes from blues to Beethoven, pupils have a chance to join lunchtime and after school clubs ranging from choir, to recorder.

All youngsters have a chance to learn to play the guitar or ukulele, with a team of peripatetic music teachers also coming in to school to teach one-to-one piano, clarinet, flute, saxophone, cello and violin lessons.

Year 4 teacher Bee Duke, who is head of music for Key Stage 2, said the school aimed to provide a wide range of opportunities for every child.

Sheringham Primary handbell group members. Picture Karen Bethell

Sheringham Primary handbell group members. Picture Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant


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She added: 'It doesn't matter about ability, what is important is that children get a chance to play an instrument; it gives them an enormous confidence boost and, if it starts something in someone, then that is a bonus.'

Year One teacher Simone Stoppani with her recorder group. Picture Karen Bethell

Year One teacher Simone Stoppani with her recorder group. Picture Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

Sheringham Primary School music club members with their teachers. Picture Karen Bethell

Sheringham Primary School music club members with their teachers. Picture Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

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