St. Mary's Catholic Primary Academy, Swires Road, Halifax, HX1 2ER

01422 362365
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We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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Music is a powerful means of communication and is one of the highest forms of creativity.

It brings children together and creates opportunities to work with one another using a universal language. It is an art form that can be practiced, appreciated and enjoyed at many levels. Music develops children’s ability to take part in practical activities, both individually and in groups, that encourages and cultivates an enjoyment of different genres of music. Additionally, Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. It is a creative and fun activity but can also be a highly challenging subject. It is our aim that all children at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy experience a high quality, inspiring music education which instils a life-long enjoyment and appreciation for music.


Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme

KS2 receive weekly singing sessions as part of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme.  These are delivered by an expert Choral Director from the Diocese, focusing on positive engagement with singing and supporting the Catholic life of the school through sacred music.  The sessions offer practical and incremental coverage of areas of the music curriculum – including notation – in a two-year curriculum framework developed by the Diocese, the National Schools Singing Programme and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.  Pupils also have the opportunity to join one of the Diocese’s acclaimed after-school choirs.  You can find online resources that support this work on the Schools Singing Programme’s YouTube channel (  Our local Diocese choir is Huddersfield Youth Choir – please for more information about joining.