Junior Department Music Curriculum
Music is a key strength of the school and we have strong links with The Yehudi Menuhin School (YMS) in Cobham. We have group instrumental lessons (violin) with teachers from YMS as part of the Chance to Play Programme from Year 1 upwards and these pupils perform at The Menuhin Hall on an annual basis. We have also engaged our own in-house violin teachers to teach the upper year groups. The music programme is carefully designed for progression and tailored to individual aptitude, and includes opportunities to extend knowledge of theory as well as progressing technique.
In addition to instrumental lessons, we have a carefully structured programme of class lessons, taught by a specialist music teacher. These lessons are based on the national curriculum elements of listening, performing and composing, and involve opportunities for practical work, as well as the study of different musical genres.
Senior Department Music Curriculum
Senior students in Years 8 and 9 have either woodwind or string instrumental group classes as part of the music curriculum, with an option to continue these lessons in Year 9.
At Key Stage 3 all students have class music lessons taught by our Director of Music, with a wide range of topics, covering and extending beyond the requirements of the national curriculum. Students improve their practical and theoretical abilities through opportunities to perform and high quality lessons in composition and musical analysis. GCSE Music is a popular course choice and we have a full suite of Mac computers and keyboards for students to use to support their studies.
Choirs and Ensembles
We have a number of flourishing instrumental and choral groups running throughout the school. These include Lower and Upper School Choirs in the Junior Department and the Senior Cantamus Choir, which joins with parents and staff to perform at special occasions. Pupils are encouraged to participate in the wide range of instrumental groups running across the school, including rock and jazz bands, and chamber ensembles. All pupils have opportunities to take part in concerts and productions throughout the school year; these are age appropriate and include Harvest and Christmas celebrations (Nativity performances and Carol Services), afternoon tea concerts and large musical shows held in the local theatre.
Private Instrumental Lessons
A full range of private, one-to-one instrumental lessons are available and we have engaged a highly professional and experienced team of peripatetic teachers for this purpose. Instruments include; piano, woodwind, (saxophone, flute and clarinet), percussion (drums), violin, cello, voice (musical theatre and classical) and brass (trumpet).
Junior Department Sport
In the Junior Department we have a specialist sports coordinator who is supported by other skilled professionals, including coaches from Chelsea Football Club Foundation, to deliver a full programme of age-appropriate sports. Pupils participate in a range of sports as part of the curriculum, such as gymnastics, football, tag rugby, netball, hockey and athletics.
Pupils are able to benefit from the facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Recreation Ground (directly opposite the school) for field sports and receive swimming lessons with qualified instructors at Reed's School pool from Year 1 upwards.
We have a full programme of sports clubs running either before or after the school day, including athletics, cricket, football, cross country and netball. Pupils are also coached to represent CFS in sports teams, competing in fixtures against other local schools from both the private and state sectors, with some considerable success. Our teams have also competed at county level.
Each term in the junior department there is a whole school cross country event, with every child participating. We also hold an annual Sports Day where pupils compete in Houses to win the Governors Shield.
Senior Department Sport
Our Director of Sport coordinates a full programme of disciplines at senior level, working with a wider team of experienced specialists from organisations, such as Chelsea Football Club Foundation and Cobham Rugby Club, to deliver a high quality curriculum offer. Sports in the curriculum include football, lacrosse, cross country, athletics, netball, hockey, basketball and rugby, and students are able to select PE as an option at GCSE
As in the junior department, the fixture programme at senior level, is an important part of our offer and we regularly compete and achieve success in tournaments against local private and state schools. The senior department also has its own annual sports day where the school House teams compete in a wide range of athletic disciplines, including shot put, javelin and track events.
Our extra-curricular programme which runs as part of our extended day, offers further opportunities to participate in various other sports and fitness sessions, with table tennis, street dance, gladiator fitness and kickboxing running alongside more traditional team games. We also deliver a very popular Sports Leaders course to give students the chance to develop skills in planning activities for themselves and learning how to be a successful coach. Some of the activities are run by external companies and are chargeable.