John Stainer


At John Stainer we are a musical school, with a wide variety of musical experiences available for every child.

We celebrate music in a number of ways; for example:

Class Music Lessons:

Every child has weekly music lessons delivered by the class teacher from the online scheme Charanga.

These lessons develop the skills of listening, singing, notation, rhythm, composition, and learning how to play musical instruments. There is ample opportunity for children to develop their skills and knowledge and perform to each other in class lessons as well as to other year groups or in assembly.


We are officially a Sing Up School, as we are always singing, and each year take part in the Sing Up Day with other schools.

Every week the whole school comes together to sing in assembly, and the children learn new songs, learn to sing in parts and generally have lots of fun singing their hearts out. 

School Orchestra:

The School Orchestra is an amazing feature of music in our school.

Run by David and Mary Schweitzer (parents of children in John Stainer), and an army of parent helpers for each section; the orchestra meets every Wednesday before school starts and is open to anyone in Years 3-6. We have instruments ranging from trombones to violins and drums to saxophones, and many more besides. The children perform regular concerts for the school as well as for parents, and they have entertained audiences with music as diverse as Angry Birds and The Star Wars Theme: these concerts are a hugely anticipated event in the school calendar.

School Choir:

Now with almost 50 members, the school choir goes from strength to strength.

They meet afterschool on Thursday afternoons and enjoy singing a variety of music and often in two or three parts. They have performed both within school at concerts and assemblies, as well as in the community. This year they sang at an inter-school concert with other Primary Schools at Deptford Green Secondary School, and at St. Christopher’s Hospice, singing carols to the patients there. They have also performed at The Brockley Christmas Fair and at other locations in Lewisham.

Parent Choir:

The Parent Choir have returned year after year to perform at the KS2 Christmas Concert, and are an enthusiastic group of parents who enjoy learning to sing in parts and rehearse together before the concert.

Their item in the concert is eagerly awaited every year by the children!

Music Trips and Visits:

At John Stainer School we believe in a full and rounded musical education for all pupils. As part of this we try to give the opportunity for all children to visit a live concert performance each academic year.

We visit The Barbican, The Wigmore Hall and The Royal Festival Hall to their special School’s Concerts. So far this year Year One have visited The Wigmore Hall to see “Chimpanzees of Happy Town”, Year Two have been to The Barbican to see “A cat called Scratch” and Year 5 were lucky enough to see West Side Story at The Barbican and join in with songs they had learned in class. We have also enjoyed visits from Trinity Laban students to perform live music to individual classes, as well as Harmony Sinfonia – a local orchestra- who have involved Year 6 children in workshops composing their own musical scores.

Spring Concert:

In May we celebrate the immense talents of the musically gifted in our school. Any child can audition and then if successful, perform at the Spring Music Concert.

This is an opportunity for any child to sing or play an instrument in front of an audience. It is always an exciting mix of performances, with items ranging from drum solos, to cellos, keyboards to rock bands, solo singing to group performances. Parents come to the concert and there is not a spare seat in the hall!


All children in the school are involved in musical concerts and performances which run throughout the academic year.

These are a celebration of music, singing, acting and performing and are a chance to showcase their enormous talents in these areas.


At Christmas EYFS perform a musical version of The Nativity to both the whole school and the parents.

KS1 perform their own musical for Christmas which involves many songs and acting opportunities. KS2 walk up to St. Catherine’s Church, and perform a themed Christmas Concert, with each class performing a high class item to a packed church – often with children leading the music by playing their own instruments.


At Easter the whole school comes together to celebrate with a big assembly.

Each class produce an item to share with the audience, and they are linked with songs and readings, and the local vicar Sheridan comes to share with us all. We usually have a theme that everyone follows, and this will link with our school value of Friendship also.

Summer Term Concerts

At the end of the Summer term concerts are a wonderful way to end the year.

EYFS perform a musical assembly to the parents, and KS 1 will usually write their own musical performance to showcase the topics the children have learned that year. At KS 2 the children will perform at St. Catherine’s Church a class item to celebrate the final leaver’s assembly and prize giving for Year 6. Year 6 always rise to the challenge by performing an amazing production of their own. Past titles include Romeo and Juliet, Pirates of The Curry Bean, Robin Hood and Roald Dahl’s Cinderella. The children always bring the house down, and no doubt enjoy every moment of it.