Specialist Music Applications
The closing date for Specialist Place Applications has now passed for Year 7 September 2024 Intake.
If applying for a Specialist Place for 2025, the Supplementary Information Form should be returned to school between 1st and 30th September 2024.
If you are currently living outside of the Winston priority area (see right/below), but your son or daughter plays an instrument or sings to a high standard you can apply for one of our 15 Year 7 intake specialist music places.
Auditions for these will take place in October. Students are required to perform one or two pieces of at least Grade 1 standard (the pieces do not have to be from a graded exam book), to complete a short aural test, and to give a short presentation about their musical experiences.
Take a look at the Music Curriculum Page for more about the Music curriculum
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It is important that the normal process of applying through the Surrey County Council for a school place is followed. Details can be found on Surrey County Council website or hard copies of the schools admissions booklet and application forms can be obtained from Surrey County Council by calling: Tel: 0300 200 1004.
In addition to applying through Surrey County Council, if you are applying for a specialist place at Winston, you will be required to fill in a supplementary information form (see above under Specialist Applications) and return this directly to our Admissions Department at The Winston Churchill School, before the deadline given above, so that an audition can be arranged.
Please Note: Surrey County Council will allocate parents/carers their highest preferred school to which a place can be offered and therefore, if your preference is for your child is to attend The Winston Churchill School above any other school, you should ensure the school is listed as your first preference. Successful applicants will be informed of the decision to apply Specialist Music Criteria to their application before the secondary school application deadline.
The awarding of Specialist Music Criteria is not an offer of a place.
At Winston we are proud to have one of the largest extracurricular offerings in the county, with students enjoying over 20 different ensembles and clubs on a weekly basis. The vast majority of our ensembles are non-auditioned which allows students of all ability to make music together. Our groups include:
|ORCHESTRA||STRING ENSEMBLE||JAZZ GROUP|
|BIG BAND||BRASS GROUP||FOLK ENSEMBLE|
|CHOIR||PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE||A CAPPELLA GROUP|
|CHAMBER||GUITAR ENSEMBLE||ROCK N POP CLUB|
|SENIOR SESSION BAND||FLUTE CHOIR||MUSIC TECH CLUB|
|JUNIOR SESSION BAND||KEYBOARD GROUP||YEAR 7 HANDCHIME GROUP|
|CHAMBER ORCHESTRA||JAZZ 4||CAROL PLAYERS|
Throughout the year we give students the opportunity to perform in concerts and events at Winston and in the local area. School-based performances include our Christmas and Summer concerts, our annual school musical production, our March recital evenings, our annual Christmas Carol Service, and our Young Musician of the Year competition. We also support local events such as the Woking Crematorium Carol Service, Brookwood Christmas Lights, Brookwood School Fete and the St John’s Village Fair. In addition we also give students the opportunity to perform abroad on our annual Music Tour. In recent years we have performed in Germany, Holland and Spain. We also have visits from professional musicians including The Band of the Royal Logistic Corp who will be returning to Winston in the spring to work with our students.