Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families are well. I am pleased to report that instrumental lessons have resumed as of the W/C 5th October 2020. So far, these lessons have been running smoothly and many students have enjoyed continuing with their studies or taking up a new instrument. Self-isolating students are now able to access their instrumental lessons through Microsoft Teams.

Please could I ask for your assistance in notifying the Music department if your child is self-isolating, even if you have already contacted school. This will enable your child’s instrumental teacher to act as quickly as possible to ensure that a Microsoft Teams instrumental lesson can take place. The best way to contact your child’s instrumental teacher is by emailing them directly through firstinitialsurname@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk or by contacting instrumentalmusic@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk. If your child is sent home to isolate at the point their instrumental lesson should have taken place, then we will make every effort to try to replace this lesson if possible. Please also contact us in this instance as there can be a delay in the Music Department receiving lists of isolating students.

We have received a number of queries regarding instrumental bills so far this half-term. All pupils will receive a minimum of 31 lessons over the course of the academic year. As the school year is longer than 31 weeks, this means that students often receive more lessons than the 31 lesson entitlement, which parents/carers are not billed for. Due to unforeseen circumstances, lessons may occasionally need to be cancelled or rearranged. This may be due to staff self-isolation, staff illness or technical difficulties. Where this happens, lessons will be replaced towards the end of the year or whenever possible in order to ensure that all pupils receive the minimum of 31 lessons.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the instrumental team if you have any further questions.

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we have resumed instrumental lessons.

Best wishes,

Mr T. Moore

Head of Music