Shebbear College awarded Gold Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians
20th April 2017

The recent addition of a new building dedicated to teaching music has proved a great success for the school’s talented musicians as it has once again been awarded the ISM / ISM Trust’s Gold Certificate.  This means that more than 20% of all the school’s GCSE students achieved an A* to C in GCSE music, putting the school in the top 76 schools in England.

Headmaster Simon Weale stated ‘we are delighted to receive this award for a second year running, in recognition of the success of our music pupils in their exams. Music at Shebbear College is very important and we are committed to providing the best facilities possible for our pupils, as demonstrated by the addition of our new music building on campus. I invite local families to come and see our school, including the new Music Centre, on our Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May and to enjoy our Spring Fair in the afternoon and our May Day Concert at 4.00pm.’

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM - the professional body for musicians - congratulated the school, saying:

‘We are delighted to recognise Shebbear College’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils.

‘Music is a valuable subject, it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Shebbear College values music within their school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.’

The certificate is awarded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the ISM Trust (

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Set up in 1882, they now support nearly 8,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement and beyond.

The ISM Trust, the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity, was created in 2014 and is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the music sector. The primary focus of the Trust is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations.

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