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Grammar school to charge for GCSE music.

Grammar school to charge for GCSE music.

A grammar school in Yorkshire has come under fire for offering GCSE music at a charge of £5 a week.

The move has been described as “shocking and deeply troubling” by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, which is seeking a reversal of the policy and is currently in negotiations with the school. The ISM is concerned that the new policy means only families who can afford to pay will be able to study music.

Bingley Grammar School in West Yorkshire said on its website that the GCSE music qualification could be started at any age, and that the course would be delivered out of normal school hours.

Describing it as specialised teaching, it adds that a “nominal amount” of £5 a week is required per student.

It did not provide a reason why the subject was being taught outside of normal school hours, but said it had been working to “ensure we continue to offer the music GCSE qualification to our students”.

However, the policy has been criticised by ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts, who is also founder of the Bacc for the Future Campaign. The campaign is aimed at saving creative subjects in schools, and calls on the government to scrap the EBacc, which does not currently include the arts.

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