Frederick Bremer School – Waltham Forest
Frederick Bremer School recently took part in Channel 4’s Educating the East End and viewers witnessed first-hand the unconditional commitment of staff supporting young people however challenging to ensure they get the most they can from their education. Since joining MiSST two years ago, the music department has really settled into a routine and developed more opportunities for performances and developing skills. Each year, greater progress is being made by students undertaking MiSST assessments.
As well as the Andrew Lloyd Webber programme, there are currently 98 students who have selected to be apart of the specialist music school. The school provides an enhanced curriculum including one-to-one instrumental lessons, choir, small group theory and aural lessons, wind, brass and string ensembles and opportunities to perform each week to an audience. Many concerts and performances have taken place throughout the year. The specialist school allows these students to become an expert in their field. The improvement of these students over the months has been immense. Not just the musicality, but the discipline in attending rehearsals and learning music outside of lessons.
Testimonial: Cherie, aged 13
I started playing violin when I was 9 years old and joined the beginner string group at the Waltham Forest Music Service. It was only when I arrived at Frederick Bremer that I was able to get an individual lesson. I am now preparing to take my Grade 3 exam and am involved in the Waltham Forest Intermediate Strings group, school orchestra and advanced string ensemble. I was also lead violinist for one of the ensembles performing alongside Nicola Benedetti at the Barbican concert last year. I have been a part of the Music Specialist School since last year where I take part in the ensembles, choir and I have recently started to learn the flute. I love music, I like practicing and performing with friends. Playing music allows me to express myself, I get quite stressed and it allows me the opportunity to forget about everything.