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The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme

The St. Helens Council Music Service is able to sell instruments to pupils, which may either be VAT free and/or benefit from educational discount.
The scheme only applies to new instruments and it is not possible to purchase second-hand instruments through the scheme, regardless of their condition/age.

These savings can be passed on to pupils if the following conditions are met: 

  • The instrument must be for the direct use of the pupil and is necessary for delivering their education
  • The tuition must form part of the normal school curriculum
  • The instrument is required for regular classroom use (regular is defined as "must be brought to school on at least a weekly basis")
  • The instrument is portable
  • The pupil must be receiving tuition in school from a St. Helens Council Music Service appointed tutor
  • The instrument must be appropriate to the needs of the pupil
  • The instrument must be handed to the pupil in the school teaching room