60 young people in Cambridgeshire stay behind after school every week to sing, compose music and play instruments. Lin Hetherington tells the story.
Traditionally, when children move from primary to secondary school there is a decline in interest in extra-curricular arts activities. But Harvey Goodman, Head of Music at St Peter’s School in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, has succeeded in attracting 60 pupils aged 11 to 17 to come every week to a two-hour long after-school music club.
“Getting them involved is no easy feat,” says Goodman, “and most of the children in this school have not done any music out of school when they arrive”.