WMA arrangements

Arrival and Collection information for WMA Saturdays

The following guidance applies to everyone attending the Wandsworth Music Academy.

We continue to remain conscious of the risks associated with COVID and continue to take appropriate measures to help mitigate against the risk of transmission.

Do not attend WMA if you are feeling unwell, experiencing any symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • a temperature higher than 37.8
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Lateral Flow Testing

We encourage pupils and staff to take a LFT prior to attending the Music Academy.


In order to be mindful of our neighbours around Burntwood School, we would encourage you to travel to the Academy by foot or bike where possible. If travelling by car please ensure you park legally and considerately. Please do not park on the zig-zag lines outside the main entrance on Burntwood road, or in front of any driveways

Secondary aged pupils 

Secondary aged pupils (Year 7+) are requested to arrive and leave the site alone. As per our usual terms it is assumed that all secondary aged pupils have permission to travel independently unless we have been informed otherwise.

All Secondary aged pupils must sign in on arrival at the reception desk.

Sound start Y1 pupils

Please ensure a prompt arrival so that the session can start at 8.30am. Parents of Y1 pupils may wait on site under the outdoor sheltered area by the refectory prior to collecting their child at 9am from the main reception area.

Sound start Y2 pupils

Please ensure a prompt arrival before 9am so the session can start on time. Pupils can then be collected from the main reception area after choir at 10.10am. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow parents to wait on site. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Junior Academy (Y3,4,5,6) pupils

Year 3&4 pupils will be registered in the refectory foyer (the large glass building).

Year 5&6 pupils will be registered by the main reception area under the walkway.

After drop-off parents are request to leave the school site. At this time no parents will be able to wait on site, however these arrangements will be reviewed as the term progresses.

Please note that primary aged pupils can only leave alone if we have received written permission.

Junior Academy collection procedure

Finishing times vary depending on the ensemble that your child participates in. Please check the times carefully on your timetable. We request that only 1 parent/ guardian per family arrives on site to collect their collect child/ren. Pupils can be collected from the central quad area of school by the main reception.

What to bring

  • Instrument – please ensure the instrument is clearly labelled with your name. You must not share your instrument with another person. Brass and Wind players should ensure that their instruments are cleaned regularly.
  • Music Stand – all orchestra members are requested to bring their own music stand for rehearsals. 
  • Sheet Music – all pupils should print their own music and bring it to every rehearsal.
  • Labelled Water bottle – water fountains are not in use and we cannot provide any drinking water on site.
  • Hand sanitiser – although hand sanitiser will be available in all teaching spaces we request that all pupils and staff bring their own supply to help maintain enhanced hygiene.
  • Instrument accessories – Please bring a pencil and rubber. You should also ensure you have spare strings, reeds, valve oil etc as required for your instrument.

After the sessions

  • Pupils must take all personal belongings with them.
  • It is assumed that Senior Academy pupils (Year 7+) will leave the site unaccompanied.
  • Primary aged pupils will be returned to their appropriate adult by the main gate of Burntwood School, unless written permission has been received for independent travel .
  • All pupils and parents should leave the site as soon as their sessions are finished.

Feeling unwell during the session

If you feel unwell during the session you must alert the tutor as soon as possible. Our first aider will isolate the pupil and call parents to arrange immediate collection.

Parent enquiries

As Saturday mornings are very busy, we politely request that general enquiries and administrative matters are raised during the week by email or phone.

Due to child safeguarding once your child is registered, please do not accompany them around the site or to lessons. Under no circumstances are parents allowed to access any parts of the building, unless agreed by Wandsworth Music.

Emergency contact on Saturdays

Two mobile numbers are in use for emergency contact on Saturday mornings. 

Please use text whenever possible; for example, to tell us if your child will be absent. This will allow staff to respond outside of busy periods (registration & the end of the morning) and frees up the line for emergency use. 

Emergency and General Academy contact – 07767 670611 (Jenny)

For contact about any of the Ensembles – 07966 426345 (John)

During office hours please contact us via email – info@wandsworthmusic.co.uk


Chris Spreadbury: 07929 018729