Whitefield School, Barnet, London joined MiSST in 2017.
There are currently 328 students on the Andrew Lloyd Webber programme learning the violin, viola, cello, flute, trumpet, trombone.
We have MiSST assemblies for Years 7, 8 and 9 throughout the year which showcase the achievement and progress of all students. On top of these, we have concerts in Winter and Summer which give opportunities for soloists, choirs, bands and our orchestra. MiSST Together and the Radley Residential give our students the opportunity to make music intensively with students from other schools across the scheme. We have also carried on our work by introducing instrumental teaching to remote learning over the past year.
Quote from Head of Department Richard Bolton
"MiSST has had a major impact on our school, giving our students the opportunity and challenge of attempting something difficult (playing an instrument) and the stimulation and satisfaction of playing music together with other students of the same age. It is also developing skills such as resilience, team-working and creativity which are not only essential for academic success but also seen as increasingly valuable to employers."
Quote from Year 7 student
"My teachers help me improve a lot, and they really keep me interested in the instrument. Orchestra is really fun, I get to play with my friends, and we learn more difficult pieces than we do in class"
Quote from Headteacher Liz Rymer
"Once again, our students have enjoyed being part of the MISST programme and I have enjoyed watching them take part. And I continue to enjoy seeing the pride in the faces of all the parents who have come to support their children in a variety of events across the year. The assemblies are always wonderful. I really enjoyed watching students in the concert and in our school musical, which this year had a live band. MISST has raised the profile of music across the school. We have gone from having one music teacher to needing 2 and a half, and a music technician. The creatives continue to be the heart beat of the school. And I remain grateful for the opportunity to get so many students from right across the school involved in this amazing project. Thank you."