The Harris Invictus Academy joined MiSST in September 2021. There are currently 180 students on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme learning violin. The music department continues to grow from strength to strength with pupils taking part in a range of ensembles and extra-curricular activities including string ensemble, choir and music production. More recently students have started to learn a variety of wind and brass instruments which will serve to strengthen the range of ensembles and opportunities on offer within the department.
Quote from Head of Department James Barker
“The amount of pride our students show carrying their instruments within the local community and school is wonderful to see and the developing esprit de corps amongst the cohort as they help each other to overcome the challenges of learning an instrument has been really humbling. Music is such an important part of our lives and students need access to excellent music provision both within and beyond the curriculum. This is provided through the MiSST programme. We all know the benefits of playing and listening to music for our wellbeing and therefore it should be integral to school life.”
Quote from Year 7 Violin Student
“I’ve always wanted to play the violin. If you told me this time last year I’d be playing an actual violin in an actual concert, I’d never have believed you. Thank you so much, sir.”
Quote from Executive Principal Lisa Kattenhorn
“We are so proud of our students here at Harris Invictus. They have relished the opportunity’s that the MiSST programme offers and are fully engaged in the learning that it offers. We are so excited that we now have a committed group of musicians that can represent the Academy. The positives of such a programme cannot be underestimated.”