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MiSST Programmes

MiSST Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme

MiSST’s Key Stage 3 curriculum, known as the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme, produces high-level, imaginative performers, composers and critical thinkers, preparing them for music GCSE, A-Level and beyond.

MiSST provides schools with the resources they will need for every Scheme of Work, encompassing absolute beginner to degree level students.

MiSST is committed to improving the quality of teaching, learning and leadership of music through high quality staff training, which increases knowledge, understanding and skills. 


Ever-increasing constraints on school budgets has led to many schools not offering GCSE music. MiSST plans to become a leading provider of GCSE music for students and will pilot within MiSST schools this year. This endeavour will also focus on supporting existing GCSE providers in offering a high-quality GCSE course and will be delivered with online and in person teaching.


MiSST Together

MiSST Together gives schools a chance to pair up with a similar MiSST School to play together for the day. Most schools will end the day with an informal performance for parents, carers and friends.

MiSST Saturday Music School

MiSST’s Saturday Music School returns on Saturday September 18th and will run for 26 Saturdays (dates below) during term time at City of London Academy Highbury Grove, 8 Highbury Grove, London, N5 2EQ.

The Saturday Music School is designed to provide opportunities for our most able students to play with others at a similar standard, which may not be available at individual schools. The SMS has a wonderful team of tutors and an extremely welcoming and supportive atmosphere and currently features full orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, chamber music and works for concert band and string orchestra.

Workshops delivered by a number of professional musicians and organisations including Nicola Benedetti, Chetham’s School of Music and the Ayoub Sisters add to the breadth and depth of the provision.

Students must go to a MiSST school and be at least grade 3 standard on their instrument to join Saturday Music School. To register, please email with subject ‘Saturday Music School’ and let us know which school the student attends. 

25th Sept | 2nd, 9th, 16th Oct | 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Nov | 4th Dec

8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Jan | 5th, 12th, 26th Feb | (Concert 3rd March) | 12th, 19th, 26th Mar

23rd Apr | 7th, 14th, 21th May | 11th, 18th, 25th June

MiLO (MiSST Leaders Orchestra)

MiLO is an incredibly exciting programme that invites our highest achieving instrumentalists and student leaders to run their very own chamber orchestra. MiLO challenges the role and concept of an orchestra and allows our students to become real leaders of change and innovation. Our aim is to empower our students and nurture them as our top tier of student leaders. MiLO will be a flagship ensemble for MiSST who will be encouraged to perform externally where possible. 


What makes this orchestra different is the responsibility orchestral members will have to:

  • Determine the repertoire by planning the season, including composing for MiLO
  • Learning to lead the orchestra through rehearsing and coaching as a conductor or through solo performance within a concerto arrangement
  • Decide on the special guests who will be invited with a focus on leadership from both inside and outside the music industry
  • Make decisions about where and how they will perform.


MiLO takes place at CoLAHG on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm. Students must go to a MiSST school and be at least grade 5/6 standard on their instrument to join Saturday Music School. To register, please email with subject ‘MiLO’ and let us know which school the student attends. 

MiSST Conduct

MiSST Conduct gives students an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of conducting, and is now a regular provision at our Saturday Music School. Students were interested to begin learning how to lead ensembles in this way for a variety of different reasons including building their confidence in front of large groups of students/peers/musicians; having the ability to be able to conduct their own music; and having a greater understanding of what the conductor does and what all the instruments in the orchestra are doing. Students begin by learning the basic beat patterns, how best to start and stop the music and how to wield a baton before moving onto more advanced beat patterns, greater independence of the left hand and rehearsal strategies and techniques. Sessions take place from 1:30-2:15pm every Saturday afternoon.

MiSST Create

MiSST Create is expanding this year, thanks to further support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. 

MiSST Create exists to nurture the creativity and ingenuity of our young people, encouraging all those that take part to express themselves through music. Our students’ enjoyment and confidence of music-making will be further enhanced via experimentation, improvisation and the bespoke teaching at the heart of this programme. MiSST Create also aims to create more “call for scores” opportunities where students can have their pieces performed by MiSST ensembles, at Radley Residentials and in our annual concerts. 

     The programme will now have 3 main elements:

In-person workshops/support for KS3 and KS4

Video series

MiSST Create Day - a celebration of composition and creativity with every GCSE music student invited.

Date Summer Term 2022 TBC 

Full information regarding application for in-person provision will be sent out in September.

MiSST Voices

MiSST Voice is comprised of three parts: Singing for Success, MiSST Voices at Home and MiSST Voices Performance. Singing for Success is in-class group singing as part of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme. Each term focuses on a different style and students are introduced to the idea of singing in harmony.

MiSST Voices at Home will be a bank of online lessons to teach children how to sing in a healthy way and an introduction into vocal studies

MiSST Voices Performance has the aim of building students' confidence to perform. The students who wish to sing in the MiSST Schools Choir and those who relish the opportunity for tips and feedback will work with our resident classical singer who visits each of our schools.

MiSST Scholarships

MiSST has forged a strong relationship with Chetham’s School of Music. The school plans to work with us each year to give disadvantaged children from MiSST, who are of a certain standard and show the will to succeed, funded places to their Sixth Form. We are delighted that a MiSST student from Frederick Bremer School, Amber, successfully gained a place last year and is thriving.

MiSST Student Leadership

Empowering our students is at the core of MiSST’s aims and values. Throughout Lockdown our student leaders created teaching videos for our younger MiSST students to keep them going and practising during difficult times. The videos were nothing short of inspiring. MiLO will be our top tier of student leaders but we will build further student leadership back into the Saturday Music School. These students will be involved in the organisation and running of the SMS and planning for other internal/external events, including the Radley Residential. Our student leaders will also take part in Outward Bound Leaders Trip in the Lake District later in the year, an outdoor activities course designed to improve confidence, wellbeing and resilience. 

MiSST also encourages all schools to find opportunities for their students to lead, however big or small the responsibility. 


MiSST CPD will be a focused, high quality professional development series for all teachers and Peripatetic staff. The CPD programme will be developed as an online series of videos, resources and chat forums but will also have face to face development opportunities plotted throughout the year.

MiSST Research

Our research streams aim to assess the impact of MiSST in our school communities by regularly collecting data which explores the tangible outcomes of our students, as well as more abstract traits such as self-confidence and self-efficacy.

 MiSST schools are asked to share the following data with us each year:

· Y7 Listening and Theory exam (LAT) and solo performance data (Autumn term)

· Y8 LAT and solo performance data (Summer term)

· Y9 LAT and solo performance data (Spring term)

· GCSE results/Progress 8 data across both music and all subjects (each year)

· Social indicators for all students whose data is collected (including pupil premium eligibility, SEND status, ethnicity, and EAL status)

From this, MiSST is able to track the outcomes for students in all social groups, assisting us in ensuring our curriculum transcends barriers and remains accessible to all. We are also able to assess the impact MiSST has on GCSE outcomes for our students, both in music and across other subjects.  

MiSST students are asked to complete questionnaires assessing self-confidence, self-efficacy, and resilience during the Autumn term of Y7 and then during the Summer term of Y9. Responses are assessed based on the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, and the outcomes allow MiSST to consider the impact the programme has on students' views of themselves, and how that develops from the start of Key Stage 3 to the end of their time on the programme. 

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