Pupils with broad-based learning say thank you for the music

26th August 2005 at 01:00
West Alvington primary is an all-singing, all-dancing school where no one is left out of its musical success.

In the past year, pupils at the south Devon primary have taken part in a whole-school dance, held their first art exhibition and begun singing or music lessons on instruments including the violin, flute, clarinet and cornet.

The school has had a makeover, and has finally got rid of the spider-infested outside toilets which even Colin Butler, the head, admitted he was afraid to use. Next year specialist French and IT lessons will be introduced.But none of this is apparent from the school's test results. Mr Butler said: "The national tests are very much a snapshot. It is much more important to give children a whole broad curriculum so all excel in something. We give a wide range of opportunities."

This year 11 Year 6 pupils took the tests, three of whom had special educational needs: 74 per cent reached level 4 in English and 55 per cent in maths.

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