Sedgehill Academy in Lewisham, South East London, joined MiSST in 2014.
There are currently over 400 students on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme learning flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, trumpet and trombone.
Segdehill has produced many accomplished musicians, including Moses Boyd, one of the most talked about jazz drummers in the world and recently featured on Later with Jools Holland; and Amy Kabba, who was Grammy nominated for her number 1 duet with MNEK ’Need you 100%’. The school choir, Vocalize, was formed in 2010 and has been an integral part of the academy's musical life ever since, performing at Buckingham Palace, The Royal Albert Hall and many other top UK venues. Ranging from 11-17 year olds, the group and have regular studio sessions during school time to develop their recording & song writing skills. Vocalize even had a version of a Coldplay Christmas song re tweeted by the group to millions a few years ago. Past band members of Vocalize are now session musicians playing with artists such as Stormzy , Emelie Sande and Mabel, and former student Taniesha Jackson had a song recorded by John Legend. Sedgehill Academy students have performed at the Barbican, London Palladium and at the Cadogan Hall. Our students have also performed with Il Divo, Michael Ball, Nicola Benedetti and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Sedgehill was not deterred by the challenges raised by Covid. In September they introduced clarinets, in November they created bubble tutor group orchestras and showcased their hard work in a virtual Christmas concert. January brought another Lockdown but students continued their learning using MISST resources through Kinteract. Since returning to school in March, extra-curricular activities have been possible in bubbles then in June returned in full swing. Music has been so successful at Sedgehill it was recognized by the local borough with a Lewisham Music rehearsal space being named after Vocalize.
Quote from Head of Department Micheál Daly
“MiSST continues to give our students the wonderful opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument. This often-new experience has proven to give students stability both in school and at home. Over the years MiSST has become embedded within whole school policy, teaching student’s responsibility and accountability around the school and in the community. These life skills are essential for our young people both while in school and in the world of work. Students have opportunities to perform both in the local community and further afield throughout their time at Sedgehill. Invaluable opportunities that our students and their families would not be exposed to. MiSST allows students take all the benefits of music making and apply them to all walks of life. This once in a lifetime opportunity teaches students how to work both independently and collaboratory during their time at school. Our students are exposed to talented and dedicated professional musicians on a weekly basis irrespective of their socio – economic background. The MiSST programme comes together each week in our school to create something truly special and is an integral to our community and the families we serve.”
Quote from Year 10 Student:
“It has been a privilege to be part of MiSST. It has taught me a lot about music and the effort needed to become a confident musician. MiSST has led me down a positive path in my life and something that I will always remember. It has had a huge impact especially the outings and experiences. My social life has never been better because of MiSST. I have been able to meet new people outside of my social group and some I still work with today. MiSST is a huge opportunity for students providing skills and enjoyment. MiSST has made my music lessons interesting and exciting.”
Quote from Headteacher Clare Cassidy
“We continue to be extremely grateful for MiSST support in our school. Sedgehill School has seen over 1,000 students access the programme, be given an orchestral instrument and tuition. This is a rare opportunity that most secondary school students are not exposed to. It gives our students the opportunity to develop academically and socially. As a result of the MiSST programme our teachers have seen an improvement in commitment, engagement and discipline. Developing accountability and working together as a team as well as building students’ cultural capital. MiSST plays a vital role is our Culture Capital journey with both access and exposure to performances inside and outside school. We’re proud to say that Sedgehill School is now renowned in the local community as somewhere students get a once in a lifetime opportunity.”