Musical partnership is extended another year thanks to donated brass

Grimethorpe's Jim Fletcher playing with Birkwood pupils
Grimethorpe's Jim Fletcher playing with Birkwood pupils
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A PRIMARY school head teacher has said working alongside a world famous brass band has helped improve pupils’ confidence.

Birkwood Primary School in Cudworth, South Yorkshire, receives support from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and now has its own brass ensemble.

The work has been funded through phone and broadband provider Plusnet which has just announced that it is to support the scheme for another year.

The band has been able to support music lessons at the school by providing instruments for pupils to practice and money for specialist teaching.

The school now has its own brass section and pupils have even performed alongside Grimethorpe Colliery Band in a concert at the school. The school’s head teacher Julie Allan told The Yorkshire Post that pupils loved playing brass instruments.

She said: “Learning about the band has helped to give pupils more of a sense of pride in their local area and it has improved confidence of the children - particularly those who do not necessarily excel at other areas of school work. But through the band we have seen this confidence spread to their other studies.” Birkwood Primary, originally invited the band to perform as part of a project to ensure children learned about their mining heritage.

Plusnet’s chief executive Andy Baker said: “It has been a real privilege to see how Birkwood Primary School and the children are flourishing under the band’s teaching. We are proud to continue to fund next year’s programme.”

Grimethorpe Colliery Band manager, Nigel Dixon said: “It’s encouraging to know there are companies like Plusnet out there.”