Adding Another String to the Bow; Music Service Wins National Ranking

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CELEBRATIONS are in order for a North East school music service after it was named as one of the best in the country.

Gateshead Council's Music Service, which works with primaries and secondaries across the borough, hit all the top notes in a national assessment.

Teachers and pupils are now blowing their own trumpets following its success in the Self-Evaluation and Peer Moderation assessment by the Federation of Music Services that rated music provision in Gateshead schools as "outstanding".

This is the highest ranking possible and the result means Gateshead is now among the elite music services in the country - an accolade held by only a handful.

The announcement was music to the ears of the 90 schools that were included in the report.

Nine areas were assessed in total and resulted in six being rated as outstanding, and three others as good.

The outstanding areas include achievement and standards; support for pupils; personal development; leadership and management and overall effectiveness.

Now the service is dancing to a different tune having increased its rating from good in 2001 by Ofsted.

Music very "in Head of Gateshead remember started years Council's music service, John Treherne, said: "It is a fantastic achievement for the service and for the pupils who benefit from our excellent teaching. …