Frederick Bremer School, Walthamstow joined MiSST in 2014.
There are 513 students on the Andrew Lloyd Webber programme learning violin, viola, cello and flute.
The Music Department at Frederick Bremer is strong, energetic and inclusive. At the heart of the schools vision and values is the core belief that every child should be enabled to ‘be the very best they can be’, and music is at the heart of this. Music is embedded in our culture and we enable all pupils to access a curriculum and discover talent in those who have not had an opportunity to play an instrument before. The department has strong links within the local area such as with the music service and primary schools. As a result we often work on combined projects and host events. Alongside the curriculum, extra curricular activities include choirs, school orchestra, music tech, steel pans and various and ensembles. Students take exams in instruments and theory each term. Concerts are held termly, as well as opportunities to participate in music tours, residentials and numerous workshops with orchestras and companies. The school also holds a production every year. Each student has the opportunity to develop their confidence and showcase their talents through participation in a programme of live performances, taking place both in school and at specialist music venues.
Quote from Head of Department Danielle Buckley
"MiSST has provided our school and students with opportunities not all students would have had. Over the past 7 years the interest in music, uptake of instruments and passion to be involved in Music has grown year on year. The progress, engagement and achievements of students we have seen has been integral to the development of the wider school community. The impact can be seen across subjects, in data and overall in students wellbeing. Staff, parents and pupils all comment on the skills they are developing from Music and the benefits it is having. The inclusive music curriculum offered provides musical and cultural opportunities within our community. Through high levels of teaching, learning and leadership all pupils develop knowledge, understanding and skills for all pupils to ‘be the best they can be’."
Quote from MiSST Student
"I think music has impacted my well being i think overall its just a fun hobby to do. When I play my instrument in school, especially in a group, I feel focused and I really enjoy developing my skills of coordination by playing alongside others. I feel much more motivated to practice music knowing that I get to play in school every week. It is a great opportunity that most of us would have never got if we didn't go to Frederick Bremer"
Quote from Head Teacher Jennifer Smith
"After 7 years, the impact of MiSST has been transformational and we are celebrating the best results the school has ever had. Music is thriving and infectious. Without this opportunity, so many of our pupils would never have picked up a violin or flute and they would never have had the opportunities that a music education provides."