Music is good for your health! It is becoming better known that music helps a child's development in many ways. Music helps children to make connections between creative and analytical thinking; it helps develop the ability to process and retain information and improves a child's hand-ear-eye co-ordination. Music can encourage a feeling of empathy and emotional awareness as well as improve a child's ability to concentrate.

We aim for all of our pupils to develop a love of music, an appreciation of it and a sense of community within the department and school. We nurture children to develop musical language and knowledge and key skills that will aid their all-round educational learning. Neurological research suggests that pupils who are actively involved in music also manage to achieve a higher academic level.

Performing is a key part of being a musician and we aim to provide a vibrant, supportive music department through the curriculum and through our numerous and varied extra-curricular ensembles. There are opportunities to take part in Choirs, Orchestra, String ensemble, Guitar ensemble or just playing solos in assembly. All musicians are welcome to participate in our ensembles even if they learn outside school. Many children develop ad hoc groups by taking initiative and organising themselves. We have concerts both formal and informal, carol services, competitions and festivals, all of which are supported by a team of peripatetic music teachers offering tuition on a wide spectrum of orchestral instruments, piano and voice.

Music is a creative, yet logical, subject where all children learn to develop, through music, a love of life, a feeling of acceptance, and a sense of fun!