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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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Musical Aptitude Test

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, paid for by the school.

  • Theory of music classes on Wednesdays at 8.00am.

  • 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.



Assessments for Year 7 entry in September 2022 will take place on Friday 22nd October 2021. Given the current Covid-19 situation, we regret that we do not expect to be able to offer any alternative test dates.

Only pupils starting secondary school in Year 7 in September 2022 may apply. 

The deadline for applications has now passed. If you have any queries please email Mrs Smith directly; j.smith@wlfs.org

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.

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


Parents were notified of the test results on the evening of Friday 22nd October, and twelve musical scholarship places will be offered at the beginning of March 2022 at the same time as all other offers of secondary school places.

After the test day, all musical aptitude applicants are ranked, and this is passed on to the Pan-London Admissions Board. Starting with the highest ranked applicant, the school will offer a place to the top twelve applicants (provided the West London Free School is either first on their Common Application Form or above any of the other schools at which they are eligible for a place).

If any of these places are not accepted, they will be offered to the next applicant on our Reserve List.

If you have any queries about the Music Aptitude Test, please email the Head of Instrumental Music, Mrs Smith at j.smith@wlfs.org



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