The West London Free School is a music specialist school and sets aside up to 12 places each year for children with a particular aptitude for music. No prior musical experience is necessary as the test is designed not to discriminate in favour of those who’ve already had instrumental lessons.
Assessments for Year 7 entry in September 2024 will take place on Friday 20th October 2023.
Only pupils starting secondary school in Year 7 in September 2024 may apply.
The deadline for applications will be Monday 9th October at 12.00 noon.
To make an application for a Music Aptitude Test please click here.
Our test at Year 7 is designed to identify pupils who have musical potential as well as those who already study an instrument. So long as your child has a love of music, we would encourage you to apply. The test lasts 5 to 10 minutes and assesses pitch perception and sense of rhythm/pulse. The candidates will not be asked to prepare anything or bring an instrument, as the test is completed entirely vocally. It is not a test of vocal quality.
Music scholars will be given free tuition in one instrument, but they in turn are expected to make a commitment to their musical education – arriving at the school early on some days, giving up their lunch break on others, etc. These extra lessons are used to develop the practical abilities of the music scholars as well as deepen their understanding of how music works. Keyboard skills, ensemble playing, pitch perception and music theory are at the centre of these lessons, along with learning to use notation and sequencing software.