Music at a South Yorkshire academy has hit a high note thanks to a donation from a local company.
The support from Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Thorne is a major boost to the opportunities for students at Trinity Academy to take up a wind instrument.
Trinity is well known in the area for its shows and concerts and the £520 will pay for six new instruments to give more students the chance to learn the flute, clarinet or saxophone.
Sam Fisher, the academy’s new head of music who has moved to Thorne after four years at King’s High School in Pontefract, said: “Music plays a central role in much of academy life and the students here have great enthusiasm for learning instruments. They will say ‘if you let me learn, I will play it’, which is fantastic.
“Every student is entitled to ask for the opportunity to learn an instrument. Woodwind is an area we want to build up so we are immensely grateful for the donation from Howarth Timber.”
Howarth Timber has supported the academy before with a donation towards the annual Tall Ship expedition and by offering work programmes to students.
John Brandon, manager of the Thorne branch, said: “I really believe in what they’re doing at Trinity. The principal Mr Brew is awesome and what he and his team have achieved benefits the whole community.
“We are pleased to support them, especially through music and providing instruments that will be a lasting legacy in terms of opportunities for students now and in the future.”