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The Music Department is a flourishing and vibrant department at St Francis School which is led by the Director of Music, Mrs Kay Francis.

75% of pupils from Reception to Year 8 are receiving musical tuition on at least one musical instrument. Children are regularly prepared and entered for ABRSM, London College Music and Trinity Rock and Pop examinations. We are proud of the high proportion of pupils who are awarded merit and distinctions for performance on a board range of instruments.

There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their musical skills outside of their classroom lessons. These ensembles include: Haybrook Choir (all pupils in years 1 & 2), Junior Choir (Years 3 & 4), Senior Choir (Years 5 – 8), Jazz Band, Orchestra and Recorder groups. In addition, the Music Scholarship Club provide pupils with opportunities to develop their academic understanding of music and their general musicianship.

There are plenty of opportunities for pupils to develop into confident and proficient performers.

Termly Music Recitals provide a supportive and friendly platform for pupils to perform solos to family, friends and staff.

The Individual Music Festival, held in the Summer Term provides pupils with a more formal, competitive performance environment. Each year pupils compete in preliminary rounds, for a place in the final competition, adjudicated by guests with specialist knowledge of performance.

The Autumn Term ‘Last Choir Standing’ competition is a celebration of singing across the whole school. Every class from Reception to Year 8, spend Music lessons preparing performances for the school and parents to watch and enjoy. Our external adjudicators award winners to each category and finally the Outstanding choir, known as the ‘Last Choir Standing’.

Past calendar events include collaborations with composer Tom Bayliss and vocal workshops led by the acclaimed Acapella ensemble Apollo 5.

To request a musical instrument, please complete this form.