Introduction to the Subject   


Music at Bolingbroke Academy strives to give pupils a rounded experience of composition, performance and appraising through study of a wide variety of musical cultures. This broad, stimulating curriculum is both challenging and enjoyable for ALL pupils and will equip them with the skills to succeed in further music education should they choose that path.


Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department. The DNA of the Music Department can be viewed here: 

Bolingbroke Academy Subject DNA: Music


Music Enrichment


Bolingbroke currently provides a range of enrichment activities, including:

Senior Band - Junior Band – Woodwind Ensemble – Brass Ensemble - Guitar Ensemble - Rock School - African Drumming - Senior Choir - Bolingbroke Choir - Boys’ Choir - Bolingbroke Belles A Cappella – Theory/Aural Class - KS4 Club - Sight Reading - Keyboard Club – Music Tech Club

Scholars and Apprentices

Bolingbroke runs a ‘Scholars and Apprentices’ programme to identify gifted and talented musicians and give then extra opportunities to develop as musicians.


Instrumental Lesson Programme (ILP)

A dedicated team of professional music tutors visit the Academy every week to deliver peripatetic music lessons to those that sign up. These lessons are available at a very competitive price, on a wide variety of instruments. Pupils on the ILP will be encouraged to take formal grade examinations, and perform in ILP Evenings.

Lessons are available on all instruments and fees must be paid per term in advance. 

Costs per term

£80 Group Lesson

£40 Group Lesson for Free School Meal Pupils

£150 Solo Lesson

£75 Solo Lesson for Free School Meals pupils

£30 Instrument Hire Cost 

To book a lesson please download the ILP Application Form and return to

For more information please contact


Performance Opportunities


The Music department is committed to creating various performance opportunities throughout the academic year. These currently include:


Ark Boys Singing Day (a joint day with other Ark schools)

Concert by Candlelight (held at a local church at the end of the Autumn Term)

Sing into Spring (vocal concert with other ARK schools)

Bolingbroke Academy School Production 

ILP Evenings (held at Bolingbroke)

Scholars Concerts (held at Bolingbroke)

A Brighter Sound (Wandsworth Schools Concert held at Royal Festival Hall)

Year 7 Musical Showcase 

ARK Music Gala (a joint concert with all other ARK schools held at The Barbican)

Summer Splash Concert (held at a local venue)


We hope to expand the performance opportunities available to children as the school grows. In addition to the above there are a number of opportunities for pupils to perform, for example in school assembly, as well as opportunities to attend an array of trips, activities and events.


If you have any queries please contact the Head of Creative & Performing Arts Ms Breckon

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