Bexley Grammar School has been awarded the ISM / ISM Trust’s Bronze Certificate 2018. This means that more than 10% of all the school’s GCSE students achieved an A* to C in GCSE music in 2017, putting us in the top 500 schools in England.
In its third year, the ISM/ISM Trust GCSE certificates recognise schools’ achievement in music and celebrate their commitment to music education shown by the high uptake and achievement of their pupils.
Steve Elphick, Headteacher, was delighted to receive the award. "Music is integral to the life of BGS; the remarkable co-curricular provision in music which starts with a Year 7 concert only weeks into the school year and continues with multiple high-quality concerts and recitals throughout the year, drives a passion for music in so many students. One of the top three most competitive House events during the school year is our House Music competition. To have more than one in ten students in Year 11 succeed in music GCSE is a tribute to an extremely strong department and the commitment of the school to promote music against a backdrop of school funding cuts."
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for musicians – congratulated the school, and said:
‘Music is a valuable subject, it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Bexley Grammar School values music within its school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.’
About the certificates:
The certificate is awarded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the ISM Trust (www.ismtrust.org).
About the ISM:
The ISM is the UK’s professional body for musicians. Founded in 1882, we champion the importance of music and protect the rights of those working within music through a range of services, campaigns, support and practical advice. We are a wholly independent, non-profit-making organisation.
We support over 8,500 members who come from all branches of the profession and work across all genres and disciplines.
About the ISM Trust:
The ISM Trust, the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity, was created in 2014 to advance education, the arts and to promote health.
The primary focus of the Trust is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations.
The ISM Trust is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector inducing music educators, performers, and composers and delivers its work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs.