Wakefield Music Services (WMS) is the lead organisation for the Wakefield Music Education Hub (WMEH) and has been providing quality inclusive music teaching and opportunities to the young people in Wakefield since 1974. Since then the service has grown and expanded, broadening its provision and range of instruments, genres and activities that it offers. The service is governed and supported by the LA and is highly regarded by the LA, Schools, Academies, parents, pupils and the wider musical community. WMS provides musical tuition and opportunities to children in over 90% of schools, academies and in several Music Centres across all Wakefield communities!
The recent review highlighted that WMS was well equipped to deliver all Core and Extension Roles expected of the new Music Education Hub. In 2009 WMS was judged as ‘Outstanding’ in the independent Moderated Self Evaluation Programme. Access and musical opportunities continue to expand and develop and music centres and ensembles continue to flourish. Since the formation of Wakefield Music Education Hub in September 2012 existing partnerships have strengthened further, new ones forged, resulting in additional musical opportunities for the young people of Wakefield.
WMS has over fourty members of staff, most performing a mainly teaching function, with a small administrative team based at Manygates Music Centre.
WMS is led by the Principal (Phil Needham), Vice Principal (Val Jennings) and 6 Area Leaders. These are in turn supported by the Business Manager (Jill Barrell) and the administrative team.