“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato

The ethos of the Music Department is very much about active learning and enjoyment.

Practical music-making holds a unique place in the cultural heart of the school and excellence comes from both the motivation and commitment of the Music staff, and the skills and abilities of the students themselves. Music is a very popular subject within the school.

We are committed to nurturing new and developing musicians and facilitating wide-ranging opportunities for music-making. All students study Music at Key Stage 3, learning to perform and sing, compose, analyse, critique and improvise across a vast array of musical styles, genres, cultures and traditions. They have the opportunity to learn about music through practical playing on a range of instruments including African and Samba drums, keyboards, guitars, ukuleles as well as through the medium of using music technology software. 

Students can continue to enjoy their musical studies, with options for both Music and Music Technology at Key Stages 4 and 5. Both courses allow students to practically grow as musicians and develop their skills in music-making as well as their musical awareness and identity. Courses are bespoke to learners allowing them to create music pertinent to their own interests.

There is a huge provision for students to extend their musical development beyond the classroom. Extra-curricular activities and ensembles allow students of all abilities to continue to develop their performing and composing skills. Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities to perform from school concerts to lunchtime house competitions. Ensembles have performed concerts both in the local community as well as on our bi-annual European music tour. In recent years we have taken the school concert band and senior choir to Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam. Students also have the opportunity to participate in regular musical productions with recent shows including Oliver, Les Miserables and Rent.

“Pupils who learn musical instrument out-perform students who do not learn music in areas of intelligence, developmental skills, academic performance and social skills. Furthermore, they are able to transfer their music knowledge and skills to other areas of academic excellence.” British Journal of Music Education

Further information relating to the Music Department can be found here. 

Mr O Balcombe, Head of Department