Music Department

Music plays a vital role in the life of the school. We are a very busy and committed department and believe that Music is for all regardless of age, gender, ability and interests. The department encourages all our musicians to develop their talents by giving them many opportunities to showcase and celebrate their successes. We make a substantial contribution to the life of the school as well as our local community.

All pupils study Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 and follow a course which is based on national curriculum requirements which ensures progression across Key Stage 3. Classroom activities develop pupils’ skills in performing, composing, listening and appraising. Schemes of work are broad and varied, combining traditional and modern approaches to music making. Classical music is studied alongside jazz, rock and a wide variety of world music and Welsh music. Throughout Key stage 3 all pupils assessment results/progress/skills are recorded in pupils’ individual files which are kept in the classroom. Pupils in Year 10 may opt for GCSE Music or GCSE Performing Arts. All course work is marked according to the marking criteria in line with the specifications.

Music resources are modern and up to date. Our Music Block provides a great learning environment, with a classroom set up with keyboards for performance tasks, three practice rooms and Music ICT facilities on the school laptops and iPads.