Sport and music stars of the future are destined to come from Harlow.

Education: Primary / Wed 3rd Dec 2014 at 02:48pm

TrumpetFROM the age of nine, pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, are being given expert tuition to nurture their talents.

The move is part of the mission by Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust – which looks after the school – to create young adults who can compete on the world stage.

Children in Years 5 and 6 are now being given one-on-one lessons in music by specialist tutors from Burnt Mill Academy, with clarinets, flutes and saxophones provided for them to continue practising at home.

Harlow Town Football Club is also hosting an after-school club to improve skills, look for future talent and encourage physical activity.

Amy Dias, assistant headteacher, said: “Our aim is for children to have had two years’ experience by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6.

“Children get to demonstrate what they have learnt in their music lessons during our music assemblies. They are doing so well; it’s fantastic to see their progress. We only ever had recorder lunchtime club before, so this is really broadening their horizons with a wider variety of instruments and with a specialist music tutor.

“Our aim is for Year 6 to put on a whole music production next term.

“These lessons are giving our children a range of experiences and skills which extend further than numeracy and literacy. There are so many hidden talents and if we discover them now, we can nurture it and build on them for a successful future. This age is the best time to uncover their talents.”

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