In September 2005 Hatcham College adopted music as our main specialism. The music specialism affects every student at Aske’s, and all students are given the opportunity to benefit from its vibrant music tradition. It is promoted in cross curricular learning as a way of supporting the student’s musical learning and using the specialism to benefit other areas of learning as well as team teaching and considering cross-curricular aspects in schemes of work.
Music has always flourished in the Academy, and we are continually moving from strength to strength and pushing our standards ever higher. Maintaining high standards generates the feeling that high achievement is the norm. It also raises the self-esteem of students involved, and this is celebrated by their peers.
The Music Department continually strives to raise the profile of music within the College and through extended curricular events. These performances and displays generate excitement, and students who participate are respected and enthused about what they are achieving. This in turn adds to good ethos of the College.
The Music Department also engages with outside agencies to enhance the learning experiences of the students and promoting their input into the local community. In the past year the College has performed at City Hall for the GLA Memorial Service on invitation of the Mayor, launched a new scheme with the Royal Ballet as well as the Senior Chamber Orchestra appearing on the BBC’s ‘One Show’ in April and the Senior Gospel Choir appearing as a featured choir at ‘The Season for Love’ event at Fairfields Hall in Croydon. All of these help to raise the profile of instrumental music within Hatcham College and beyond, spark interest in instrument learning before Key Stage 3, promote community cohesion, play a role in recruiting new students to the College and promote the school to students in local primary schools. We want to encourage a learning community within and beyond the school.
- 75 HAHC students have been awarded a place at the London Centre for Young Musicians, more than in each of the local 3 separate boroughs;
- 6 students study at the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music, London;
- 11 are members of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra;
- 10 are members of the London Youth Symphonic Band.
Musical activities both in and out of the classroom encourage students to work together in various combinations, transcending age, gender and race, developing positive relationships without bullying or discriminating. We encourage social cohesion between students across the College and prepare them for the future.