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WLFS Secondary

The Knowledge Schools Trust

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

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As a music specialist school, our department is at the centre of the WLFS community. Our aim is to be comprehensive in our impact across the school, exacting in the standards and commitment we expect from our pupils. This hard work results in collaborative music- making of a very high standard, and we are hugely proud of the shared sense of joy that our pupils experience. Please read more about the opportunities that exist in our department below.

 

 

 

Sing

What we offer:

  • Choirs: Whole Year 7 Choir, Girls' Choir, Boys' Choir, Choir Forms in Year 10 and Year 11, plus Sixth Form Chamber Choir (which is also a form group).
  • Bi-annual concert tours. Recent trips include Barcelona and Paris.
  • Annual overnight residential trips for Years 8/9, 10/11, and 12/13.
  • Performances outside school: recent events include Evensongs at Westminster Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral and at London’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference.
  • 6 WLFS pupils are members of Inner Voices, a choir made up of the best singers from a group of inner London schools and conducted by Ralph Allwood, Director of Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
  • Ambitious and large-scale performances of works such as the Durufle’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs, and Britten’s Saint Nicolas.
  • One-to-one voice coaching with our first class team of visiting music teachers.

 

Play

What we offer:

  • Lively lunchtime concerts where pupils are enthusiastically supported by their peers.
  • Weekly band club after school for each year group.
  • Cabaret concerts provide a supportive and informal atmosphere for performance.
  • WLFS bands and soloists frequently reach the finals of competitions, such as the Tri-borough Music Hub’s Future Sounds.
  • One-to-one lessons in all band instruments are available with excellent tutors who play professionally.

 

 

Collaborate

What we offer:

  • Orchestra. Recent projects include performing live to screenings of Wallace & Gromit and The Snowman, and works by Vaughn Williams, Britten & Copland.
  • Coaching for chamber music ensembles up to diploma level.
  • Bi-annual musicals. Projects have included Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd and Oliver.
  • Wind Band.
  • String Group.
  • The orchestra has a short residential trip each year.
  • One-to-one lessons available in almost every instrument.

 

Create

What we offer:

  • A highly collaborative environment.
  • Pupils compose regularly from Year 8 onwards with the extra hour of Music a week being largely directed towards songwriting.
  • Our Mac suit enables the GCSE pupils to use Logic Pro X for their songwriting and many spend hours outside class experimenting and honing their creations; as a by-product, we have some of the best GCSE Music results in the country.
  • One-to-one lessons in composition available from experienced composers.
  • WLFS oldest alumni are only 20 years old at the moment. but already we have former pupils making it in the music world: one founding pupil has recently broken through 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

Photography by Eleanor Bentall and Peter Mason