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Sydney Russell School, Dagenham

The Sydney Russell School, Dagenham joined MiSST in September 2020. 

There are currently 366 students on the Andrew Lloyd Webber programme learning the violin, viola, flute, clarinet, trumpet

This year is Sydney Russell’s first year on the MiSST program which currently involves our year 7s. There has been a series of disruptions throughout the year due to long periods of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has had an impact on student progress and access to musical ensembles. Having said this, Sydney Russell has had a very successful first year on the MiSST scheme. We launched MiSST to our students with an instrument presentation lead by the Principal and the music team. This was a very strong start to the scheme with students, parents, and staff all on board with the vision of MiSST. Sydney Russell was even featured in the local paper! Unfortunately due to COVID-19, our concerts and music festivals could not take place. Instead at Christmas we managed to put together a Christmas Album with students contributing from EYFS, all the way through to Y11. This was very well received by students, staff, and parents. In April, we managed to start up MiSST ensembles for our Y7 cohort. This comprised of the MiSST String Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, and Flute Choir. Students were invited to join and their progress has been fantastic.

Quote from Head of Department Matt Mitchell

"This year has been very special due to the introduction of MiSST to our year 7s. The ceremony at the start of the year ensured that students valued what we were giving them through being in partnership with MiSST. Despite barriers to learning caused by COVID-19, are students and wider school community have fully got on board with the MiSST ethos, and it is down very much embedded within our school ethos and community. MiSST have been fantastic in supporting us on this journey, and what our students have already achieved on the program is phenomenal. I can’t wait to see how they progress further next year."

Quote from Year 7 Clarinet student

"It has been amazing to receive so many opportunities this year through MiSST. I feel really special to have been given a clarinet at the start of the year and my confidence has definitely grown through studying and playing music."

Quote from Head Teacher Janice Davies 

"We have had a really successful first year on MiSST this year. Despite the challenges that have risen from COVID-19, our school community is even more special due to the partnership with MiSST. The opportunities that our students have received this year, and will receive in future years through MiSST, are so important for their development. Leveling the playing field is at the heart of what we do at Sydney Russell, and MiSST is very much part of that. MiSST exposes our students to a high level of cultural capital, which is so important in the development of our students, and the ethos at our school."

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