YOUNGSTERS are celebrating striking a real chord with a national singing initiative.
Longley School has been awarded a Sing Up silver award in recognition of staff and pupils’ efforts in putting singing at the heart of school life.
The school, based at Dog Kennel Bank, is the first special school in Kirklees and West Yorkshire to scoop the award.
Music co-ordinator Kath Millward said: “We are absolutely delighted and proud to have achieved this award.
“We make a real effort to ensure that music is a big part of the school day and this award recognises that.”
The Sing Up scheme is a Government-backed initiative aimed at getting students to sing more in school.
To qualify for an award schools need to show how they are making singing an important part of the school day.
And few schools can be in as fine a tune as Longley School, which caters for children aged five to 16 with special needs.
As well as classroom-based singing each week the school stages a ‘Big Sing,’ which sees all the pupils and teachers gather together to perform the songs they have learned.
The pupils’ repertoire includes everything from traditional songs to mainstream pop and classics by the likes of The Beatles.
Kath said: “We make a real thing out of the Big Sing and have singing workshops and warm-ups before we perform as a whole school in assembly.
“The children really enjoy it and it’s great because it getting them working together and communicating with each other.”
The school is particularly proud of being the first special school to achieve the award.
Kath – who organises singing activities with early years teacher Becky Donkersley – said: “We feel we have really achieved something in being the first special school to get the award.”