2500 young people in 190 schools are learning piping and drumming in 18 local authority areas across Scotland with our help.
We welcome partnerships with state schools, local authorities, Fèis, parent councils, steering groups and other organisations who can manage tuition programmes at a local level. Tuition is usually offered from P5 and above in primary schools that feed into one or two secondary schools. This approach provides continuity for the young people, and can help with transition.
The Govan Schools programmes started in 2014 and within a few short months some of the pupils had progressed so fast that they were able to enter a quartet of pipers into the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships! This short film shows how they got on.
Preston Lodge High School and cluster
Much of SSDPT’s work builds on this programme which started in 2007 under the auspices of the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust. Now Preston Lodge High School has two flourishing pipe bands.