The pupils are showing brilliant progress after year one of the programme.

In September 2017 SSPDT set up a new tuition programme at Pilrig Park School in Edinburgh and pledged £15,000 across three years. The school meets the needs of youngsters who require additional support, from those with moderate to complex needs. Two music tutors joined the programme, Andrew Warren, piping tutor and David Murray, drumming tutor.

Over the course of the tuition, the pupils have grown in confidence and take pride in their new skills. A number of individuals are showing great promise in their musical abilities. Hamish Wood has learned to read music and is now an accomplished snare drummer. His parents commented ‘As Hamish’s parents we are both thrilled at how well he’s taken to drumming. We always thought when he left school we would try and steer him towards learning an instrument, then Pilrig Park got funding for tuition and here we are now. The fact he’s also coping with reading music is quite amazing. It definitely goes to show nothing ventured, nothing gained, and everyone has potential!’

In June, the pupils put on a small concert for parents to showcase their new musical skills. Several staff members from SSPDT were lucky enough to be invited along to witness the performances and see the tremendous camaraderie, pleasure and pride that the pupils took in showcasing their skills. Catriona Ferguson, Principal Teacher at Pilrig Park commented on the tutors following the concert ‘Your positive outlook and never-ending passion for the pupils to do well, shines through and was evident in all their performances. I was bursting with pride for them all!’

The achievements at Pilrig Park over the past year have been outstanding and we are delighted to support such a wonderful project. The school’s Parent Group, Friends of Pilrig Park, are also raising funds to keep the project going. Here at SSPDT we can’t wait to see and hear what the future holds for these talented pupils.