A SCHOOL’S successful musical repertoire has been recognised.
Honley High School’s head of music Leigh Baker was second runner-up in Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Awards.
He was nominated by pupils at Honley and out of over 200 nominations, his successful work at the school was deemed impressive enough for him to be included in the final five high schools.
The judges were particularly impressed with the breadth of musical activities offered at Honley High including a brass group, steel pans, pop choir, orchestra, guitar group, folk group, rock school and a particularly successful jazz group that performed at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham this summer.
The provision for gifted and talented pupils, with Fastrack pupils taking GCSE music in Year 9 and as well as provision for pupils of all abilities.
Leigh is also Composer and Arranger in Residence as well as playing solo baritone at Brighouse and Rastrick Band.
He was third overall and took the opportunity to congratulate Chris Brook (a non-bander!) from Thomas Cowley High School in Donington, Lincolnshire for winning the overall high school award at the West End presentation evening in London.
This was presented by Government Minister Lord Adonis.