The music department is now based in the main school in state of the art facilities including two dedicated teaching spaces, one equipped with the latest digital music equipment and another with keyboards. There are also 4 practice rooms for students taking music lessons to use plus recording equipment.
At Key Stage 3 students follow two periods of Music per fortnight. At Key Stage 3 the academic year in Music is split into 6 units of work i.e. after every half term a new unit of work is started
At Key Stage 4 Year 10 is an experimental year, developing practices and skills in preparation for Year 11 and the exams. The WJEC Music GCSE is made up of 60% coursework and a final written exam consisting of 40 %. For an outline of the course, see WJEC’s website which gives an overview for both GCSE and A Level.
Instrumental Music Lessons
If you would like your child to have individual music lessons, please download and complete the Music Contract including the payment form (and Instrument Hire form if applicable) and return with your cheque to the Finance office.
Monday – Senior Wind Ensemble, 3-4pm in Music Block
Tuesday – Keyboard Club, Lunch (12.30) in Music Block
Tuesday – Chamber Choir, 3-4pm in Memorial Hall
Tuesday – Boy’s Choir at 3pm
Tuesday – Close Harmony group, 4-5pm in the Memorial Hall
Wednesday – Guitar Club 1, Lunch (12.30) in Music block
Wednesday – Junior Wind Ensemble – 12.30 in the Recording Studio
Thursday – Guitar Club 2, Lunch (12.30) in Music block
Thursday – Composition Club, 3-4pm in Music Block
Friday – Drum Club, Lunch (12.30) in E7
Friday – Brass Ensemble, Lunch (12.30) in Music Block
Each year the Music Department offers the chance for students to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities and performance opportunities. This includes Orchestral concerts, ensembles, choral groups and individual recitals both within the school and the local community.
We continually try to raise money for local and national charities through our performances and have managed to raise £15,841.
The department offers students the opportunity to go to live performances of all genres of music in addition to several master classes throughout the year. We have many ensembles that musicians can become members of including orchestra, choir, drum club, keyboard club and guitar club.
Music is an essential subject in our school and is a daily part of the school provision. It develops social skills and allows students to express themselves, explore and appreciate ideas in a creative environment.