Music is a powerful subject: it can just as easily transport us to other parts of the world as it can remind us of special memories in our lives; it can bring people closer together and it can provide some welcome escapism.

Studying music demonstrates skills of creativity, working towards an end goal, self-motivation, collaboration, communication and numerical skills.  Studying music opens doors far beyond a career in performance. Those with a creative streak can pursue careers in broadcasting, publishing, producing and editing.

Playing an instrument helps develop both sides of the brain at the same time, increasing both intellectual functions and physical coordination, patience and confidence. They aid the student’s emotional development by providing an outlet for self-expression.

Year 7

In year 7, we focus on learning about the elements of music through studying the genres of, Chinese mesic, African music, Music of the Caribbean, Horror music and the Western European classical tradition.

Year 8

In year 8, our topics include, Blues/Rock ‘n’ Roll, iPad Band and Theme and variations.

Year 9

In year 9, our topics include, Minimalism, iPad Band and Film Music.

Years 10 & 11

In years 10 and 11 we follow the specification for the OCR GCSE in music. The topics we study include, My Music, Conventions of Pop, Rhythms of the world, The Concerto through time and Film Music.

Sixth Form

In Sixth Form we study OCR A’ Level music. The topics include: Instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Popular Song; Blues, Jazz, Swing and Big Band, Programme Music, 1820 – 1910 and innovations in music, 1900 to the present day.

Extra curricular opportunities

School Orchestra, Senior vocal group, junior vocal group, Battle of the Bands, School production.

Who to contact if you want further information

Mr S Ackroyd