BGS music teacher steps down after almost three decades
A long-serving music teacher at Harrogate school Belmont Grosvenor is leaving after almost 30 years of teaching hundreds of pupils both classroom music and how to play the piano.
Sarah Paynes was appointed Music Teacher at the former Belmont Birklands School in 1994 and, as well as teaching across all year groups, she directed school musicals and productions as well as running choirs and instrumental ensembles.
When Belmont Birklands merged with Grosvenor House in 2000, to form the current Belmont Grosvenor School, mum-of-two Mrs Paynes decided to reduce her teaching hours and concentrate on her piano teaching.
In recent years, Mrs Paynes, mum to BGS Reception teacher Mrs Rebecca Gray, has taught piano at Belmont Grosvenor, and has accompanied the BGS choir in concerts, Christmas events and festivals.
She is looking forward to concentrating on accompanying, reducing her pupil numbers, taking on examining work with the Associated Board, and spending more time with her family.
Emma Shea, Deputy Head at Belmont Grosvenor School, said: ‘Mrs Paynes will be greatly missed as part of our school community and will leave big shoes to be filled in our music department.
“We thank her for her loyalty to Belmont Grosvenor School and her never ending energy in supporting the pupils throughout their musical journeys,” she added.
Belmont Grosvenor School, set in 20-acres of grounds in Birstwith, Harrogate, cares for children from three months to 11 years. It has a strong musical tradition. All children, from nursery onwards, are introduced to music and learn how to listen, appreciate, read, compost and perform many different genres.