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Instrumental Letter * - 16 October 2020

In September 2017, schools in the Olympus Academy Trust no longer provided the administration to organise or take payment for instrumental lessons.  This is now carried out by the South Gloucestershire Music Hub, or via the independent tutors listed below, who may already provide your son/daughter with tuition.

If you would like your son/daughter to have instrumental lessons, the South Gloucestershire Music Hub or the independent music tutor will be your direct contact with regard to timetabling and invoices.  They will also inform you if they need to reschedule a lesson for whatever reason and keep you up to date with your son/daughter’s progress. Any questions or issues you may have with regards to your son/daughter’s lessons will be addressed directly with the Music Hub or the tutor. 

The Olympus Academy Trust wholeheartedly supports any student who wishes to learn a musical instrument, firmly believing that this will help to develop their general listening skills, co-ordination and motor control, self-confidence, personal responsibility and social interaction as well as their general enjoyment of music.  We actively encourage students to become involved in music and the school subsidises many of the lessons provided.

Instrumental Lessons: The Key Facts…..or…..Important Information

  • Lessons: There will be 30 lessons per academic year usually 10 lessons per two terms. The lesson will last 30 or 20 minutes and in secondary schools only will rotate where possible in a cycle so that students do not miss the same school academic lesson each week. This depends on the total number of students per teacher.
  • Group Size: Lessons will be delivered either as an individual, a pair or in a group (up to four) – assuming that there are enough students wishing to learn the same instrument at the same level.
  • Invoices: Invoices will be issued directly by South Gloucestershire Council or the independent tutors.
  • Timetabling: Times will be posted on the music notice board or in the school and it is students’ responsibility to check these times and to politely excuse themselves from school lessons to attend.  Timetables will also be issued via email to students and parents at the start of every two terms.
  • Grants and Support: The school will be able to provide support towards the cost of music lessons if your son/daughter is in receipt of free school meals. Please contact the school directly regarding this support.

Instruments are not provided by the school.  However, there is a wide range of wind instruments that can be hired from the school for a fee of £10.00 per month.  A separate ‘Instrumental Hire’ form is available on request.  

Additionally the Music Hub can hire out instruments, and you should contact them directly by emailing musicservice@southglos.gov.uk.

You can also take advantage of the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme which allows you to purchase an instrument through school which means you do not have to pay VAT.  Instruments bought through this scheme must be used for regular lessons in school.





What to do if you would like your child to have instrumental lessons at school:

South Gloucestershire Music Hub  
The Music Hub is able to provide tuition on orchestral and rock and pop instruments           









Tenor Horn






Double Bass





Register your interest online at https://live.paritor.com/p/1748            

If your family is in receipt of Free School Meals please tick the remissions box on the registration page. 
The Music Hub will then contact you to discuss final arrangements and payment.

Confirmation of instrumental lessons will be given as soon as the Music Hub has arranged the timetables. 
A copy will still be displayed in the school. 

Independent Music Tutors   
You can also contact one of the private teachers who also provide music lessons in the school.  Additional support is provided for Free School Meal students or students taking Music at GCSE or at Post 16.  If you are interested in the following instrumental lessons, then please contact our private teachers directly.


Independent Instrumental Teachers contact details

Katie Brake



07921 836796

James Arberry

Guitar & bass


07742 339760

Joe Price



07723 046527

Jo Fallowfield



07968 734785

Barney Sage



07813 281312


If you have any queries or questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

Emma Rogers

Head of Music

Email. emma.rogers@bradleystokecs.org.uk

Tel. 01454 868817