Music is a key part of life at Long Close School. Our Director of Music leads all classroom lessons from KS1 to GCSE, and we have a dedicated music specialist for our Early Years pupils. All pupils in Years 1 and 2 have a group recorder lesson each week and perform in a variety of school events throughout the year. Drama is taught within the curriculum, and we have a variety of large scale performances. This includes an EYFS Nativity and separate KS1 Nativity at Christmas, a Year 3 and 4 Production in the Spring Term and a Year 5 and 6 Production in the Summer Term. Recent summer productions have included ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Oliver!’ and we are currently working on ‘Mary Poppins’ to be performed in the Summer Term 2019. Recent trips have included ‘Westminster Abbey and Wicked’ in the West End for KS4 pupils and Young Voices at the O2. We host regular music workshops, recent ones including African Drumming, Stomp and drama improvisation.
We have dance and drama extra curricular clubs run weekly by external specialist staff, and these have termly showcases to which parents are invited. The ballet students also work towards exams following the Cecchetti syllabus. The School Choir is our most popular club and runs after school weekly and leads our whole school Carol Service and Speech Day events at St Mary’s Church in Slough. We also take part in the ‘Young Voices’ Event at the O2, and attend ‘Wellington College Prep Choral Day’ annually. Our orchestra performs at all major school events. Music has recently been added to the GCSE options and is a popular choice with our pupils. We have over 100 instrumental lessons taking place per week and a dedicated team of peripatetic staff who support the musical development of our pupils. Pupils showcase their performance skills in lessons, assemblies and concerts throughout the year, and each term children are entered for ABRSM Music exams very successfully.