Admissions – Music Aptitude

From September 2020, 10% of our Year 7 intake to the Frances Bardsley Academy will be selected by music aptitude. The selection will take place through the use of a Music Aptitude test.

The test is designed to assess music aptitude and not musical ability.

Whilst we request information about musical instruments played by students this does not make part of the criteria for selection. Students will not be disadvantaged for not currently being able to play a musical instrument; however, there is an expectation that they will partake in the musical life of the school once they join.

Our Music Aptitude Test takes place after the September Open Evening and results are posted before the deadline day for handing in forms to Havering Borough Admissions on October 31st 2020.

The tests will be held on Saturday 10th October 2020 and dependent upon the number of applicants, there may be two sittings. 

Application forms are available by clicking here

Please complete the Application Form in BLOCK CAPITALS and returned by Friday 2nd October 2020 via:

  • Post – Admissions: Music Application, Frances Bardsley Academy, Brentwood  Road, Romford, RM1 2RR


Please note that applicants MUST also complete the Common Application Form (CAF) and return it to the local authority by 31st October 2020.

We will accept 24 students based on the Music Aptitude Test. There is a pass mark for the test and students will be ranked according to their result. A waiting list will be kept if more than 24 pass the test.

We will inform you by letter whether your daughter has reached a high enough score to be considered for a music place before the secondary transfer local authority deadline for completion of the secondary transfer form (31st October 2020). If your daughter reaches the required score it does not guarantee a music place at the school.
If your daughter has reached the required score and you wish your daughter to be considered for a music place you must rank FBA on your list of school preferences.
In the event of a tie-break being required under this criterion, places will be allocated using Distance criteria (criteria 6).
If your daughter does not meet the required score you are still welcome to rank FBA on your secondary transfer form but the application will be considered under the Distance criteria (criteria 6).
Under the application for Music aptitude, Section E Tie break in the Frances Bardsley Academy Admissions Policy does not apply.
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