Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please see our Back To School page for more information and guides for each site.



Music is seen as an integral part of the curriculum at Downsend.

Learning to play and appreciate music can encourage participation, teamwork, and a sense of group identity as well as increasing creativity. It develops the children’s ability to understand themselves and relate to others, thus promoting self-confidence and social skills. It can also support learning in other subject areas, such as the ability to listen and concentrate and the facility for self-expression.


All pupils are taught to sing, to play tuned and un-tuned percussion and the basics of music theory in class. In the Upper School, we focus on keyboard skills and study a number of genres in depth through performing, listening and composing.


Downsend has a dedicated team of peripatetic music staff offering tuition on various instruments including: flute, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, recorder, violin, viola, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, cello, drum kit, percussion and singing.

Children with outstanding musical talent have the opportunity to apply for a Music Scholarship.

And all children are encouraged to join one of our ensembles including:

  • Upper School Rock Bands
  • Brass Band
  • Whole School Orchestra
  • Upper School Choir,
  • Chamber Choir
  • Samba Band.

Head of Music – Nicole Allison

01372 372197