The Music Department consists of three large classrooms, two equipped with keyboards and computers that run the specialist music software, Sibelius and Pro-Tools, and the third, a specialist Music Technology classroom. There are two studios with a control room and three practice rooms. Although most lessons are taught in the classroom, students at all levels have the opportunity to use the studios and practice room facilities for group music making.
Students are encouraged to develop their skills using various instruments. Many students, who form their own bands and groups, book studio time during lunchtimes to rehearse.

The Music Department boasts a recording studio suite that uses industry standard hardware and software to teach students the practical skills required by today’s music industry. Through use of Pro Tools, students learn to use the same recording and production platform that is used in studios the world over.

  • Teaching Staff

    Mrs D Blake – Head of Department, email:
    Mr A Davis, email:

  • Support Staff

    Mr A Mascovecchio – Music Technology Specialist & Technician

  • Music @ Key Stage 3

    Students are taught in tutor groups and receive two lessons per fortnight in the specialist Music suite. Students will develop performance, listening and composing skills through the use of keyboards, guitars, music computer programs and singing.
    KS 3 Syllabus: The order of topics within the each year may vary due to specialist instrument availability.

     Year 7Year 8Year 9
    Focus: Melody and timbreHarmony and chordsComposing and arranging
    Autumn: African drumming and rhythms
    The elements of music
    Eleanor Rigby.
    1. Performing using pop instruments

    2. Introducing Pro-tools program

    Pop project.
    1. Performing a cover of a song

    2. Composing your own pop song

    Spring: ‘In the hall of the mountain king’.
    An introduction to music notation and the orchestra
    1. Identifying and playing chord progressions.

    2. Blues as an important influence.

    Film music
    1. Developing listening and analytical skills

    2. Composing a piece to accompany a film extract.

    Summer: Soundscapes:
    Creating music to reflect mood and image.
    Rock ‘n’ Roll
    1. Historical context

    2. Performing and singing
    The music industry, Samba, the law and you
  • Music @ Key Stage 4


    Year 11 currently follow the AQA GCSE 4270 music course.

    Areas of study
    Rhythm & metreHarmony & tonalityTexture & melodyTimbre & dynamicsStructure & form
    StrandsWestern classical traditionPopular music of the 20th & 21st centuryWorld Music

    The assessment of these strands is as follows:

    AssessmentListening to & appraising music linked to strands and areas of study Composing & appraising music
    Using 2 areas of study. 20 hours
    1 solo
    1 ensemble
    in any style
    using 2 areas of study. 25 hours
    HowI hour exam
    Externally marked 20%Internally marked 40%Internally marked 20%

    From Sept 2016 onwards, we are following the AQA GCSE 8271 course.


    We currently offer the EdExcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music. The units of study are:

    • Unit 1 – The Music Industry
    • Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product
    • Unit 5 – Introducing Music Performance
    • Unit 6 – Introducing Music Recording
     Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
    Year 10The Music Industry!
    Forming a band
    Organising a live concert!
    Events promotion
    Live concert!
    Event Management review!
    Year 11Advanced performance techniquesStudio managementRecording & mixing
  • Music @ Key Stage 5

    We currently follow the OCR Music A level course H142, H542

    Year 12

    Unit 1 – Performing 40%: Assessed by an external examiner

    • Solo recital up to 8 minutes in length.
    • Minimum grade 5 standard
    • One piece from:
      • Playing as part of an ensemble
      • Second instrument
      • Performing your own composition
      • Improvising from a given stimulus.

    Unit 2 – Technical exercise and composing 30%: Internally marked and then moderated

    • Set of 6 harmony exercises. Treated as developing coursework with one completed under exam conditions in an hour.
    • A composition for 4 to 10 9 instruments, maximum length 3 minutes.

    Unit 3 – Listening and set works 30%: Exam: 1¾ hour listening paper

    • Identifying key musical features of an unknown piece. (30 marks)
    • Listening questions based on 6 prescribed works. (marks: TBC)
    • Placing the prescribed works into context. (20 marks)

    Year 13

    Unit 4 – Performing 40%: Visiting external examiner

    • Solo recital up to 12 to 15 minutes in length. Minimum grade 6 standard

    Unit 5 – Technical exercise and composing 30%: Internally marked and then moderated

    • Set of 8 harmony exercises. Treated as developing coursework with one completed under exam conditions in 1½ hours.
    • A composition from a chosen topic (programmatic, film or vocal music) maximum length 4 minutes.

    Unit 6 – Listening and set works 30%: Exam: 1¾ hour listening paper

    • Identifying key musical features of an unknown vocal piece written between 1900 and 1945. 40 marks
    • Two essays based on prescribed works on the topic of Programmatic Music (50 marks)
    BTEC Courses

    With a focus on performance at Level 2 and production at Level 3, the course remains dynamic and exciting throughout, combining music industry knowledge with practical projects. On top of this, investigations into the physics of sound and the workings of our hearing system (L3) further enhance learners’ understanding of how we experience sound and music.

    We currently offer the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production. The units of study are:

    • Unit 1 – Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries.
    • Unit 2 – Communication Skills for Creative Media Production.
    • Unit 3 – Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries.
    • Unit 10 – Understanding the Sound Recording Industry
    • Unit 38 – Sound Track Production for the Moving Image
    • Unit 48 – Music Recording
    • Unit 49 – Introduction to Music Technology

Extra Curricular

There are a number of Music extra-curricular activities, involving the orchestra, choirs, jazz concert band and rock bands. The department puts on two large concerts per year, several chamber concerts, a carol service and, along with the Drama Department, a musical production.