Head of Department: Mrs A Short

Department Introduction

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“If you get an instrument into the hands of a kid who wants to learn it, and you provide a place and the means for them to learn it, you will see an undeniable impact in every other area of their life.” – James Rhodes, founder of the Channel 4 Don’t Stop the Music campaign

The music department comprises three purpose-built teaching rooms. One is a large practical space whilst the other two provide a suite of Mac computers for both Key stage 3 and exam classes.

We have instrumental facilities including electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, African djembe, samba drums and ukuleles.

There are four practice rooms used for individual instrumental lessons delivered by our team of visiting peripatetic teachers, equipped with guitar amps, bass amps, PA system, acoustic and digital pianos and a specialist drum room containing two drum-kits and acoustic treatment.


In Years 7 & 8, students have 1 lesson per week and alternate between doing a practical unit and a technology-based unit meaning they have access to the music technology for half of the year. The other half will be singing or using instruments and the whole curriculum focuses on the three main areas of music: listening, performing and composing.

In Year 9 there are two lessons a week for the students who opt to study music.

At Key Stage 4 we offer both Edexcel BTEC First Award in Music and AQA GCSE Music.

Click here for exam board information on GCSE Music
Click here for exam board information on BTEC Music

At Key Stage 5 we deliver Edexcel Advanced Level Music Technology in two parts: As in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13.

Our Year 12 Advanced Level students (AS) have six lessons per week and the Year 13 students (A2) have five.

Click here for exam board information on AS & A2 Music Technology


All our music students are encouraged to develop their skills by taking up an extracurricular activity, these include:

  • Rock School
  • Windband
  • Bay Bellas (an a cappella female singing group)
  • Cantator (a male singing group)
  • Junior Singers
  • Music Technology Club
  • Samba Band

Our students also have the opportunity to take part in the following events:

  • Assembly performances
  • Music Showcases
  • Performing Arts Showcases
  • Theatre visits
  • Orchestral concerts
  • Prize Evenings
  • Professional Workshops