Laleham Lea

A Catholic Independent Primary School for boys and girls aged 3 to 11

29 Peaks Hill, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3JJ

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Great emphasis is placed on Music at Laleham Lea.

Pupils from Reception to Year 6 take part in weekly music lessons with our Music Teacher Ms Corrigan to help develop their love and appreciation for music. Pupils look at rhythm, pitch, pulse and structure whist studying various musical genres, instruments and themes. Junior Pupils also participate in our School Choir on Tuesday afternoons.

Concerts are held throughout the year, with all Pupils offered the chance to perform publicly, both individually and as members of a group which helps to increase their self-confidence as well as sense of achievement.

The recorder is taught progressively to pupils from Year 3 – Year 6 and recorder performances are included in our concerts.

The Nursery and Infant classes perform annual Nativity and Summer Musicals.

A number of talented, specialist Peripatetic staff give individual tuition in a variety of instruments including Clarinet, Violin, Organ, Flute, French Horn, Oboe, Saxophone, Piano and Guitar. Our Peri Music Teachers include Peter Long who is the Musical Director of Ronnie Scott’s Big Band.

Pupils, especially those learning an instrument, are also encouraged to join our popular Music Theory Club which runs on Thursday lunchtimes. This fun club aims to offer Pupils an engaging look at how music works. Grade 5 Music Theory is also a requirement for any music practical qualifications past Grade 5 and the club is a great way to work towards this qualification.

Children who learn an instrument take part in school musical activities including the Orchestra and other ensembles, Church services and school concerts and are entered for public examinations when they have reached the required standard.

We have a large number of talented musicians at Laleham Lea and currently we have more Pupils than ever learning a greater range of instruments than ever before; over 25% of all Laleham Lea pupils are learning at least one instrument.

Some of our Pupils’ Recent Musical Achievements include:

Year 3 Pupil – Grade 1 Flute

Year 5 Pupil – Grade 1 Oboe

Year 4 Pupil – Grade 1 Cello and Piano

Year 4 Pupil – Grade 1 Piano

Year 4 Pupil – Grade 2 Piano

Year 4 Pupil -Grade 2 Piano

Year 4 Pupil – Grade 2 Piano

Year 6 Pupil – Grade 4 Piano and Grade 3 Bassoon

Year 6 Pupil – Grade 5 Singing, Grade 4 Piano, Grade 3 Drums

With many more Pupils currently working towards their Grading in Piano, Guitar, Violin and Flute.