Excellent Musicians' Programme

Wood Green School is proud to announce a new opportunity for students who have finished their GCSEs to participate in the Excellent Musicians Programme.

Working closely with the Oxfordshire County Music Service and Dr. John Traill at Oxford University, this is a bespoke set of qualifications that is individually tailored to talented musicians who wish to prepare for entry to Music College or top flight university courses.


  • You can choose to study a minimum of three A levels including Music.

  • Students can also choose to study for the Extended Project Qualification and specialise in music performance, music history or composition. This qualification is worth a full AS level and is the only AS to hold an A* grading. This will be offered after the AS exams in June of year 12. It is an extra-curricular offer that is completed in October of year 13.

  • You will receive four hours of tuition on composition, listening, essay writing and harmony. 

  • You will participate in an extra one-hour session each week led by a member of staff. 

  • You will have the opportunity to perform at a wide variety of performance venues and events.

  • You will have extra hours allocated for practice on your instrument(s).

  • You will be invited to participate in all of our extra-curricular activities. 

  • You will be expected to participate in our Student Leadership Programme. Our current Music Leaders run sectionals, direct some ensembles and help to organise concerts and international tours.

  • As part of the Student Leadership Programme you will work towards the Arts Award. This is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. 

  • As part of this enhanced offer, you will access the Advanced Musicians Course run by the County Music Service in Conjunction with the University of Oxford. This allows you to explore compositional ideas and techniques at a higher level, accessing specialist provision at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, led by Dr. John Traill, Director of Music.

There are around fourteen Friday evening sessions which will take place either at The Centre for Music or St. Anne’s College, Oxford. You will access specially designed workshops, concerts, recitals, lectures and seminars, led by the highest calibre of musicians, with extra mentoring support from music students from The University of Oxford. You will have High level additional support for composing, harmony and counterpoint and access to professional concerts. 

In addition, you will be encouraged to join one or more of the advanced ensembles offered to Excellent Musicians Programme students, by Oxfordshire County Music Service. There are around thirty sessions a year on either weekday evenings or Saturday mornings.



We have a large and successful programme of extra-curricular ensembles. There are around 200 students participating in these ensembles each week and the department runs two tours to European countries each year, previously visiting destinations such as Lake Garda, Italy and Eurodisney, Paris. This year, our ensembles will be touring Soest, Holland and Barcelona, Spain. Closer to home, Wood Green School’s ensembles have been invited to play at events held at Blenheim Palace, Buckingham Palace, Birmingham Conservatoire and many other prestigious venues. Most of our ensembles compete annually in the Regional Festival of Music for Youth, some have been invited to perform at the national finals in Birmingham. Students will be invited to participate in these ensembles, including Senior Choir, Senior Boys’ Choir, Senior Girls’ Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Big Band and Jazz Combo. Should you wish to set up your own ensemble, you are encouraged to do so.

The department has excellent facilities including two grand pianos, a Yamaha C6, a Bechstein and six upright pianos. We have a suite of eight practice rooms and a market leading, fully sound-proofed Recording Studio. The Recording Studio, based on a Protools HD system is used to teach A Level Music Technology which you can choose to study alongside A Level Music. The Recording Studio is also available for use by the Excellent Musicians’ Programme students. Other technology resources include 2 ICT suites with Sibelius and Cubase.




Applications should be made by emailing the Sixth Form at sixthform@wgswitney.org.uk or by phone on 01993 899524. You will then be invited to an informal interview with the Head of Sixth Form. 
There will also be a formal audition as part of the application process for this programme.

Please see the Sixth Form Prospectus and Course Guidance and Information Booklet,  for more information about the Sixth Form and its entrance requirements.


Course Suitability:

• Grade B in GCSE Music
• Grade 7 or above on their principal instrument
• Subject to audition in the Summer Term
• Students should be working towards grade 8 or a performance diploma during the 2 years. Alternatively, composers should be working towards a full portfolio.