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Music

The Music Department works alongside the Drama and Dance Department as a Performing Arts Faculty. It is an extremely busy and vibrant space with students not just in their lessons but also spending their free time in rehearsals, working in the recording studio or simply jamming!

Music has a high profile within the school with healthy numbers opting for Music at GCSE. The Department works with Drama and Dance is a number of cross-curricular arts events.

We aim to help our students realise their own musical potential, and harness their creativity to develop a lifelong interest in music of all kinds.

Accommodation, Resources and Facilities

  • 2 music classrooms, each with a suite of computers
  • 6 practice rooms
  • A rehearsal room
  • High quality digital recording studio facility.

Staffing

We currently have two music teachers and 10 specialist peripatetic teachers, covering a range of instruments, such as:

  • Strings
  • Woodwind – clarinet, flute, saxophone etc.
  • Brass – trumpet, trombone etc.
  • Vocal
  • Drum kit
  • Guitar – electric, acoustic and bass

Curriculum

Key Stage Three: The National Curriculum for Music is followed. The ‘Musical Futures’ project is a feature of Year 8 and students are highly engaged and motivated by this teaching and learning model.

Key Stage Four: We teach GCSE Music in Years 10-11 and classes have 4 one hour lessons per fortnight.

Sixth Form: We offer Eduqas A-Level Music. Students have gone on to study music at university.

GCSE Textbooks and Revision Guides

If parents wish to purchase books to help with their child's studying, here is a recommended list:

GCSE Students in Year 11 (2020-2021):

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Revision Guide

GCSE Students in Year 10 (2020-2021). This is a revised guide that covers the new set works:

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Student Book: Revised Edition

Extra-curricular Provision

The Department runs an impressive range of enrichment activities including:-

  • Jazz Band
  • Ukulele Group
  • Glee Club
  • Ladz choir
  • String Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Girls’ choir
  • Boys’ choir

There are also several student run ensembles.

Each year we stage a Christmas concert and a Spring Concert.

There are numerous other opportunities for performance and our students regularly perform at local schools and community venues.

Every year there is a major musical theatre production. Recent productions include:

  • ‘Addams Family’
  • 'Seussical'
  • ‘Into the Woods’
  • ‘Our House’
  • ‘Alice’
  • ‘Little Shop of Horrors’