Widnes school receives £30k grant to equip new recording studio

A top performing school in the North West of England has been awarded a £30,000 grant to give students more opportunities to pursue musical careers.

Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes secured the funding from the Wolfson Foundation through a competitive application process, according to a recent report by the Runcorn & Widnes World.

The school in the borough of Halton – rated outstanding by Ofsted – will use the money to buy the latest equipment for their modern recording studio which the academy built in summer 2017.

OCA has been in the UK’s top 100 secondary schools for the past two years and has a prospering music department with a large number of pupils studying GCSE music. The investment will allow it to offer new musical technical qualifications to students.

“It’s wonderful to see our vision for music come to fruition thanks to the passion and incredible expertise of our head of music, our estates manager and the funding from the Wolfson Foundation,” said Principal Tuesday Humby. “We are extremely grateful to the foundation for helping us further improve the quality of provision and we are all extremely excited to get the music technical qualifications up and running with our state of the art equipment.”

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity which awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education, the arts, and humanities.

Through its secondary education programme, the foundation supports the teaching of A-Levels and GCSEs at high achieving state-funded schools and sixth form colleges, providing funds for the provision of top quality buildings and equipment.

Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, added: “The Wolfson Foundation was very impressed by this proposal to support a project that was shaped by the pupils themselves. We look forward to hearing the results of our support for this high-tech recording studio. We hope that the equipment will inspire the next generation of musicians.”

This story was originally published by the Runcorn & Widnes World on 8 February.