Welcome to Gallions!

The children are mostly enjoying being back at school. There’s been a wonderful cacophony of noise coming from the music block. Many of the instruments have had an overhaul over the summer: cellos and violins have been restrung, and double basses have been dusted off ready for action! Excitingly, Gallions has a new Head Teacher Claire Ormerod, who is totally …

Life on Winsor Park

The Estate, identified as one of the 5% most deprived areas in England, consists of around 95% social housing and is home to a significant number of refugee families. Newham has the second highest levels of income deprivation of all of the English local authorities and rates of unemployment, particularly for young people, and of crime remain stubbornly high. Despite …

Children who play instruments do better

There is increasing international evidence that playing a musical instrument has a positive impact on attainment at school but little research has been undertaken in the UK. This study, published in 2016, drew on data from an English Local Authority, on attainment at age 11 and 16 relating to 608 students, 115 of whom played a musical instrument. The findings …