The Bourne Academy joined MiSST in 2022 as the first school in the south of the UK.
The Academy started its MiSST programme with a pilot group of 31 Bourne Scholars from Year 7, before a full launch in September 2022 for an additional 180 students in Year 7. This initial group began playing the violin in April and before their debut at the Summer Recitals in July - performing as a group as well as accompanying students in their contemporary music performances. September 2023 will see an additional 180 students join the programme, so in total, the Academy will be teaching 360 students in Years 7 and 8 students.
The Music Department at The Bourne Academy consists of two full time teachers and five peripatetic tutors. We currently have around 120 students studying contemporary instruments and run around 12 recitals and large music concerts each year, featuring all these students. (Online concerts during lockdown were an enormous success).
Quote from David Mastrocola, Head of Music and Performing Arts – ‘Learning and performing classical music here at The Bourne Academy has always been my dream – so there are a few of us competing for ‘the most excited person’ about that opportunity finally being here! There has always been a strong emphasis on contemporary music at the Academy and therefore we are incredibly excited about the MiSST programme complimenting this repertoire, challenging our students and inspiring everyone in our community. This is a dream come true.’
Quote from Mark Avoth, Principal – ‘ I am competing with the Academy’s Head of Music for being ‘the most excited person’ about MiSST on site! Despite sitting in one of the tenth most disadvantaged areas of the UK, the Academy is proud to have won BTEC School of the Year in 2021, is a lead SW hub for Careers and DofE, and wins national awards in careers and active sports programmes. The Academy’s Vision is to ASPIRE – cultivate students who are Ambitious, Self-Confident, Physically Literate, Independent, Resilient and Emotionally Literate. We are incredibly excited that the MiSST programme is the embodiment of all these qualities; music has the power to shape lives and it will enhance the cultural capital of each and every person on site. Thank you MiSST.’
Quote from Year 7 Bourne Scholar – ‘I have never played an instrument in my life until a month ago! It is awesome to be learning something as a group, all at the same time….. and we can see ourselves improving each week. We feel really proud bringing our violins in and out of school, and the other students are already asking us all about what we’re doing. We can’t wait to perform at our first concert in July in our outdoor theatre area and we are looking forward to showing our families and friends how far we’ve come already. We never thought we’d manage it!’