The Island Free School is delighted to announce that we have secured sponsorship for all 12 of our music scholars, thanks to generous support from local businesses, individuals and organisations. Each sponsor has committed to paying £400, which covers one student’s musical tuition for a whole year.
The sponsors include Mark King from Level 42, Isle of Wight Radio, and businessman John Buckland. They will all be invited to the school throughout the year, for concerts and other events, to see how their students are progressing.
The Island Free School, which is oversubscribed, has a music specialism, so music will form an important part of the curriculum for all pupils. Our school opens in September 2014 to 125 Year 7 students. We will initially be based at the former site of St Francis Primary School in Leeson Road, Ventnor, while a state-of-the-art new school is constructed for us at Upper Ventnor.
All parents were asked if they wanted their child to be considered for the innovative scholarship scheme, and 70 ticked the box. Tests were conducted in January to assess each applicant’s musicality – and the ability to play an instrument was not a deciding factor.
“All the applicants were super talented, keen, delightful, and worthy of a scholarship.”
Mrs Riches, Head of Music
Head of Music Indra Riches (pictured here) conducted the auditions and says: “We had two fun filled Sundays doing lots of singing, rhythm games, listening and responding to music and composition. It was very hard to whittle the 70 down, as all the children were super talented, keen, delightful, and worthy of a scholarship. However, it had to be done and we now have our 12.”
The scholars will shortly be taken on a trip to London to watch a show by STOMP, a highly acclaimed percussionist ensemble. “This is just the start of their musical adventures”, says Mrs Riches. “I look forward to seeing how these children develop, supported by our fantastic sponsors, and hope that they make the most of this wonderful opportunity to engage and contribute to the Island’s musical heritage.”