Music initiative to shine on East Manchester pupils

Three Bright Futures Educational Trust partner schools have been selected as key drivers of the Hallé ‘Shine on Manchester’ project, a Hallé orchestra academic initiative for primary pupils across Greater Manchester.

Stanley Grove Primary Academy in Longsight and Gorton Mount Primary Academy and Cedar Mount Academy in Gorton will be part of this cultural project, which is designed to boost the achievement levels of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Cedar Mount will be the project’s hub, with primary students from the Bright Futures Educational Trust taking part in musical activities run by the Hallé orchestra.

The Bright Futures Educational Trust was selected by the project due to the work that is being done to share best practice across both secondary and primary levels. It is unique for Halle Shine to have a secondary school as the lead school, and the music facilities at Cedar Mount will provide an ideal location for the project.

Sam Sweeney, Principal of Cedar Mount Academy said: “The Bright Futures Educational Trust’s values are identical to that of the Shine project. Both organisations help young people from all backgrounds to realise their full potential and open up new opportunities for them.

“We are delighted to be selected as the host school and we look forward to welcoming pupils through our doors in the autumn.”

Gary Handforth, Executive Principal of Stanley Grove Primary Academy and Gorton Mount Primary Academy said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Trust and our schools. The Halle SHINE project will enable young people from a variety of backgrounds to have the opportunity to achieve and learn new and exciting things through creative activities. Our pupils can’t wait to get involved.”

The programme, which is patroned by the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sarah Brown, is also being independently evaluated by Durham University to see the exact impact of the project on pupil’s improvement in numeracy and literacy.

There will be a total of 25 Saturday sessions with a creative and engaging curriculum, which will involve intensive one-to-one literacy and numeracy support, homework clubs and computer assisted study projects.