Music 2017-05-24T10:46:43+00:00

The Arts: Music

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” – Shakespeare

Welcome & Ethos

“Music is about communication, creativity and co-operation, and by studying music in schools, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.”

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We aim to provide a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We enable students to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in all types of music.

Extra-curricular activities provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of instrumental and vocal groups. These include orchestra, vocal groups/choirs, guitar group, string group and soul band. Tuition lessons are available on all orchestral instruments as well as drum kit, guitar, bass guitar, piano/keyboard and vocals.  Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are offered lessons which are heavily subsidised or free of charge. Ensembles have performed at various school concerts and shows during the year as well as at our annual Carol Service, local hospitals, residential homes, at the Victorian Christmas Fayre, the Cathedral and local primary schools. A number of our singers also recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was an exciting opportunity for all involved.

Context of the Subject

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.

It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

Staffing Structure

Curriculum Leader
Mrs C Reader
Phone: 01905 363653

Team Structure
Curriculum Leader for the Arts
Curriculum Leader for Music
2 full time Music teachers
11 contracted instrumental teachers
1 Performing Arts teaching assistant/technician

Curriculum Facilities

  • 2 large Music classrooms, one of which has been kitted out as an Apple Mac suite with up to date music software.
  • 2 small instrumental tuition rooms.
  • 4 larger ‘break out’ practice rooms for practical lessons.
  • Use of the school theatre complete with orchestral pit.
  • Use of the technician’s box for sound and light clubs.
  • Staging/riser blocks for choral performances.