Musical school hits high note

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A CATHOLIC primary in Bedhampton has been awarded a gold award in recognition of putting singing at the heart of school life.

St Thomas More’s, in Hooks Lane, has won the Sing Up Awards prize ahead of National Sing Up Day tomorrow when a mass choir of almost 300 children will break out into song.

The school will receive a limited edition Singing Pad, which the children can use in the classroom and the playground to play a range of singing games.

It will also get a personal video message from national singing ambassador and composer Howard Goodall, of the Vicar of Dibley soundtrack fame.

Patricia Gilbert, music manager at St Thomas More’s, said: ‘Singing is recognised by all staff as a valuable tool for energizing and enhancing learning in all our pupils.’

Kate Gibson, of Sing Up, praised the school for achieving their award and completing the challenge.

She said: ‘This award is really a whole school effort.’