Telford school wins award for music excellence
A music department at a Telford secondary school has received a top award a year after re-locating to a new site.
Charlton School moved a new £16 million state of the art facility at Apley Avenue in June 2016, with their old site at Severn Drive being demolished later in the year.
After being placed into special measures two years ago, the school has come out stronger and has now been given an Excellence in Music Award, which is endorsed by the North West Midlands Music Education Hub.
The music department has been receiving outstanding exam results, and were praised for their musical links to the surrounding areas.
Curriculum Leader of Expressive Arts Anna Vickers praised the pupils attitude, and is delighted with the award.
She said: "It is an excellent achievement for the school, almost a year on from us making the move to the new site.
"We engage a lot with local schools and with the community, and music has a strong place on our curriculum.
"Two years ago the school was in special measures at the old site.
"Drama music and dance has always had outstanding results, and the department has been solid, so to get this award is fantastic, and good for the musicians we have."
Tracey Sterling from the Telford and Wrekin Music Services congratulated the school, adding: "Many congratulations to Charlton School on achieving a Gold Award for Music Excellence.
"To reach such a high standard shows the school have a rich music curriculum in place, ensuring pupils are making consistently good progress in this subject and that they have strong engagement with Telford and Wrekin Music Service and the Music Hub."
Anna believes the department and school, which has 1,200 pupils, is going from strength to strength, and praised new member of staff Joe Austin for the ideas he brought in to the department.
Anna added: "Joe brought in some really good ideas, and along the traditional music we have modern music with guitars and drums which the pupils get involved in and relate to.
"We still have the traditional music too which gives a good balance to things."