Music FAQ

What musical opportunities are available through extra-curricular music at Hayes?

We have four choirs (main choir, showsongs choir, Boyvox, chamber choir) that sing a huge range of music from pop songs, gospel and musical theatre right through to large-scale choral works and contemporary 8-part unaccompanied music. We also have an excellent Concert Band, a jazz band, a string group, a 5-Note Orchestra, a band skills club, a samba group, and a music technology club.

There are three main concerts each year, plus two smaller MusicFests, where students can perform any music in whatever ensembles they choose. In addition, we perform at many events in the local community. We work very closely with Bromley Youth Music Trust, collaborating with them on events such as the Bromley Schools Prom at the Fairfield Hall in Croydon, and the Fauré Requiem (March 2017). We also take our Choir and Concert Band on tour each year to a different European destination: in 2017 we toured to Madrid, and in 2018 we are visiting Saxony.

Every two years we collaborate with the drama department on a major musical production. The most recent of these have been Les Misérables (2016) and Urinetown (2017).

Can my son/daughter learn an instrument at Hayes?

Yes. Lessons are given by visiting specialist teachers, all of whom are licenced by Bromley Youth Music Trust. Lessons take place during curriculum time on a rota, to avoid students missing the same subject twice in a row. Fees for 2017-18 are £183 per term for a 30-minute lesson each week (recommended), or £91.50 for 15-minute lessons.

Can students study music to GCSE and A level at Hayes?

Yes. Students can opt to study GCSE music in years 10-11, and our results are consistently among the best in the school. In 2017, 88% of candidates achieved A*-B grades. At A level, Hayes is unusual in offering both music and music technology (the options are arranged so that students can study both subjects if they wish: there is no overlap between the two courses and they are entirely separate subjects).