The Music Department is an active and vibrant part of the community, both within and outside the curriculum. We aim to provide a stimulating and creative approach to music-making by covering a wide range of musical styles and traditions, as well as giving students the opportunity to discover, explore and develop their own musical skills and abilities.

We have a range of extracurricular activities that encourage students with a variety of musical interests to take part. Examples of clubs available throughout the academic year are Choir, Keyboard Group, Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Guitar Club, Sequencing Club in our iMac Suite and other instrumental ensembles are among these. The choir is run by Carrie Gardener from the Richmond Music Trust who is our fantastic vocal coach and Chamber Choir run by Ms Wardlaw gives gifted vocalists a chance to learn and perform four-part harmonies, as well as sight-sing music. As of January 2019, we are introducing ‘Band Club’, run by an external provider specialising in building pupils’ confidence performing contemporary music as an ensemble. In addition to the curriculum, we run regular trips, activities, workshops and performances that all students can participate in.


Ms B Wardlaw - Subject Leader

The music department at RPA prides itself on the plethora of trips. In the last two academic years (September 2015 to January 2018), these are an example of some of the opportunities open to students at our school:

  • Year 7 trip to see ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in the West End
  • Year 7 trip to see ‘The Light Princess’ at the National Theatre
  • Year 8 trip to see ‘Matilda’ in the West End
  • Year 9 trip to see ‘Memphis’ in the West End
  • Year 9 trip to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in the West End
  • Year 10 GCSE Music students attend the St Paul’s School Springboard Composition Course to help with their GCSE composition skills annually. This is run by the Royal Academy of Music
  • Year 10 and 11 BTEC music attend trips to Heatham House studio annually to record work professionally for the vocational course
  • Year 11 GCSE trip to see Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Key Stage 4 trips to Sadler’s Wells to see ‘Blayze’, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands’, Matthew Bourne’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Cirque Eloise’
  • Year 9 and 10 trip to see ‘Miss Saigon’ in the West End
  • Year 7-12 trip to see Matthew Bourne's 'The Red Shoes' at Sadler's Wells
  • Year 7 trip to see 'Aladdin' at the Prince Edward Theatre
  • Year 9 trip to see 'Addam's Family' at the New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Key Stage 4 trip to see 'Dreamgirls' at the Savoy Theatre
  • Key Stage 5 trip to see 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' at the Gielgud Theatre
  • Key Stage 4 trip to see 'Wicked' at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
  • Instrumental tuition
  • Instrumental lessons

Violin and Music Theory Lessons

Looking for an enthusiastic teacher to help you learn to play the violin or boost knowledge of music theory? Please email or talk to Mrs Wardlaw for more details if you are interested in lessons. Lessons will be conducted at RPA at an agreed time (either after students' lessons or during the break).

Annual performances:

  • Winter Concert: Performances in the annual Winter Concert in December involved all the musicians and vocal talent. Last year 1/4 of the school performed in the concert which was held in our new hall
  • School musical: ‘The Wiz’ was the school musical in 2014 and this year we are working on ‘Alice in Wonderland’
  • Art’s Award Concert: Year 9s perform as one of the requirements of the Arts Bronze/Silver Award (more information below)
  • Key Stage 4 Music Showcase: Year 10 and 11 GCSE and BTEC students perform as one of the requirements for both courses
  • Live @ The Rose vocal performance with the Richmond Music Trust. Our choir performs alongside others from the Borough at The Rose Theatre in Kingston. Many of our pupils have been awarded solo roles in this fantastic summer opportunity
  • Richmond Prom orchestral performance with the Richmond Music Trust. Our orchestra performs a concert alongside other instrumental ensembles from the Borough.

We believe that through the arts subjects such as music we can shape our understanding of how we see ourselves and each other. There is always a challenge, a new perspective or an unlikely response. These are subjects where students can feel safe to explore their unique perceptions.

Instrumental Tuition

Instrumental Lessons

Please see Music Department Noticeboard for updates

Applying for Instrumental Tuition

Many students at Richmond Park Academy opt to learn instruments through the Richmond Music Trust who teach at the school on a weekly basis. If you are interested in instrumental lessons (including vocal lessons), please apply via the link below and email the Subject Leader for Music, Mrs Wardlaw

At RPA, we don’t believe that funding should be a barrier to your learning and where possible we would like to help out. Please do contact the music department if this is an issue.