Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MISST)

Dormers Wells is proud to be one of only twenty-five schools nationally that is part of the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MISST) programme. This means that all students receive a free classical musical instrument from the school, and will learn how to play this instrument from Year 7. The curriculum enables students to engage with music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development. Research has shown the positive impact that learning an instrument can have on raising academic outcomes. Throughout all topics, an emphasis on perseverance, resilience and self-evaluation will help students to develop as successful learners. In addition to Music lessons, students have the opportunity to further develop their musical talent through extra-curricular peripatetic lessons. There are also opportunities for students to audition for our school orchestra, perform at celebration assemblies, awards evening and open evenings amongst others.

To find out more about the MISST Andrew Lloyd Webber programme, please visit