"We are delighted that our child is able to attend a school where Music is recognised and fostered as part of school life, and feel it has helped make the transition from Primary to Secondary a bit less bumpy for all of us" - Parent of a Y7 student.
Music is at the heart of daily life at Ealing Fields and plays a key role in the social, moral, spiritual and cultural identity of the school. Every child takes part in weekly year group singing sessions as part of their curriculum which prepare them to sing as a community in assemblies and celebration services as well as to perform in our termly concerts. All students in KS3 participate in these concerts and are joined by a high number of our upper school students who are part of one of our musical ensembles.
There are 15 specialist music places offered per year to students identified as having a natural aptitude for music. Music Scholars take part in a demanding and rewarding musical programme and act as ambassadors for music around school. For more details on specialist music places and how to apply, please see our Admissions page or contact the Director of Music for the Twyford Trust, Mrs F McGonigal: [email protected]
Alongside curriculum singing, students in KS3 have one lesson of music per week, in which they develop their skills in performance, composition and listening. Students listen to and learn to play music from a variety of traditions and are grounded in keyboard and guitar skills as well as the use of music technology. We follow the AQA specification for GCSE music.
Twyford CofE High School became a Specialist Music College in 2005 and, since then, has established a local and national reputation for high quality music, winning several awards including BBC School Choir of the Year in 2009. In September 2013, the Twyford Trust introduced an innovative music curriculum at its sister school, William Perkin, based on the celebrated Venezuelan El Systema model and drawing on an exclusive partnership with Trinity Music College, London. Ealing Fields joined Twyford as a Specialist Music College in 2019 and benefits from strong musical links with all of the schools in the Twyford Trust.
For more information about musical life at Ealing Fields, please contact the Head of Music, Ms F Glanfield: [email protected]
An experienced team of visiting peripatetic teachers offer one-to-one and small group tuition in the following disciplines:
- Guitar (acoustic, electric and bass)
- Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
- Woodwind (clarinet, oboe, flute, bassoon)
- Brass (trumpet, trombone, French horn)
- Drum kit
If you would like to register your interest for vocal / instrumental lessons for the next academic term, please follow this link:
As a school, we prepare for face to face practical ABRSM exams. Any students doing another exam board must be entered by parents/carers.
ABRSM Instrumental and Vocal exams
Ealing Fields is able to organise face to face ABRSM exams for instrumental and vocal exams. Our exams run alongside the three National ABRSM exam sessions – one session each in Autumn, Spring and Summer.
ABRSM exams are either booked publicly, at a local venue (usually Ealing Green Church Halls), or privately, using Ealing Fields to host private exams.
Once we have been able to confirm an exam date and venue, we are able to put candidates in contact with an accompanist who is available on our exam day. Please note that accompanists for the exam are not arranged by the school and candidates must arrange their own private accompanist.
Due to the quick turnaround to meet ABRSM’s deadlines, all candidates who are not currently having music lessons at Ealing Fields, must email the details for their ABRSM exam on the first day of the term they wish to take the exam.
All exam entries and queries should be emailed to [email protected]
ABRSM Digital Performance exams
Ealing Fields is unable to organise ABRSM digital instrumental and singing exams.
Candidates for these exams must record their performance and submit the video for assessment. The video can be submitted at any time within 28 days of booking exams.
ABRSM Theory exams
Ealing Fields is unable to organise ABRSM theory exams.
Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory exams are now online. These exams can be taken at any time within 28 days of booking exams.
Trinity and Rockschool exams
Ealing Fields is unable to organise Trinity or Rock School exams.
"Music has significantly made a positive impact on her self esteem...and being part of a great musical community has supported her so much over the last couple of years". Parent of a Year 9 Student
Music wider learning is very popular in school and all students are encouraged to join one of the following ensembles, run by the in-house Music staff and peripatetic team:
Theory support up to Grade 5 theory
Music technology club
The music department also offers trips, visits and workshops. In the past, these have included seeing The Lion King in the West End, musical theatre workshops with professional performers and participation in regional music competitions.
Ealing Music Service
We are very pleased to be the Associate Lead for the Ealing Music Partnership and are keen to share some of their work with you. For more information about what our partnership with Ealing Music Service offers, please visit their website.
Please click here to view the latest EMS newsletter.
Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme
There is a national government scheme to help with the cost of purchasing instruments. The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme enables pupils of local authority and academy schools to purchase instruments through their school net of VAT, provided the instrument is used as part of their musical tuition. More information about the scheme can be found here.
Please email [email protected] for more information.
Awards and Scholarships
Please see below links to information about some local and national Awards/Scholarships for supporting music and music tuition in school for your child.
"Professional, slick but most importantly, so positive!" - Parent of a Y7 student on the Summer Concert 2021.
For details of upcoming music events, please visit the school's News and Events page.