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The Knowledge Schools Trust

We aim to provide children with a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability.

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Music Scholarships

As a Music specialist school, WLFS reserves 12 school places each year for pupils with an aptitude for music. Our Scholar programme includes:

  • A priority place at WLFS, regardless of catchment area.

  • A half hour instrumental or singing lesson each week, 50% of which is paid for by the school.

  • Theory of music classes on Wednesdays before school.

  • Membership of the school choir.

  • Sight-singing classes.

If selected, scholars are expected to make a commitment to their musical education – arriving at school early on some days, giving up their lunch break on others, ensuring they practise their chosen instrument regularly, etc. The programme aims to develop the practical abilities of scholars and deepen their understanding of how music works. Keyboard skills, ensemble playing, pitch perception and music theory are at the centre of these lessons, along with learning to use notation and sequencing software. Our aim is to cultivate well-rounded musicians with a creative flair in both performance and composition.


Apply for a Music Aptitude Test

 Our test at Year 7 is designed to identify pupils who have musical potential as well as those who already study an instrument. So long as your child has a love of music, we would encourage you to apply. The test lasts 5 to 10 minutes and assesses pitch perception and sense of rhythm/pulse. The candidates will not be asked to prepare anything or bring an instrument, as the test is completed entirely vocally. It is not a test of vocal quality.

The tests for Year 7 entry in September 2025 will take place on Thursday 24th October 2024. To apply, please click here by 12 noon on Monday 14th October 2024. We will offer an alternative date only to applicants who have a residential trip with their primary school on our test day. If this is the case, please ask your child’s primary school to email Mrs Smith – j.smith@wlfs.org.

Please remember that you must also submit a common application form for a secondary school place to your local authority.



 Parents will be notified of the test results on the evening of Friday 25th October 2024, and twelve musical scholarship places will be offered at the beginning of March 2025 at the same time as all other offers of secondary school places.