COLA Highbury Grove, Islington joined MiSST in 2013.
There are currently 588 students on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme studying violin, viola and flute in core classes and all orchestral instruments in MSS (Music Specialist School)
This year we have worked with several fantastic organisations and have run workshops with VOCES8, taken part in the annual MiSST Playday and collaborated with other COLA schools to take part in the city schools concert. We have also taken some of our most promising rock and pop musicians in year 7 to “Live in the Churchyard” where they performed outdoors in central London to members of the public and other performing schools. We have also newly introduced “Beats club” for year 9 and will expand that next year to include all KS3.
As part of our in house enrichment offer we have run music specialist school rehearsals and year group orchestras culminating in five concerts throughout the year, four of which were virtual and included the year 12 performing arts evening and the year 11 recital. The final summer concert will take place in person and will have a range of performances from pupils across the entire school.
Quote from Head of Department Matt Hansom
“Since starting with MiSST as their flagship school in 2013, the ALWP has totally transformed the musical opportunities that are available to our pupils and also increased their cultural capital significantly, without MiSST Highbury Grove would not be the same school and our pupils would not achieve as well as they do within the music department and in wider enrichment and academic settings”
Quote from Year 7 Student
“MiSST has been great because I have been able to learn an instrument I never played before and I picked it up quickly because I play in the school orchestra, I can’t wait to be able to play a harder piece!” Josiah Frederick Year 7 Flute
Quote from Head Teacher Aimee Lyall
"Music has the power to transform and shape lives. It connects individuals and for our students it integrates them into the wider life of the school. Music builds character - resilience, discipline and confidence. The access to a classical music education that MiSST provides is second to none and is an aspect of our provision that we are most proud of - because it makes a daily difference. Whether our students are beginners or accomplished performers, the programmes that MiSST provides cater for all, challenge all and support all. All young people should have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and MiSST has made that possible for the students of Highbury Grove."