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Director of Music: Mrs J Ellwood, GRSM (Hons), DipRCM, PGCAPerf RCM, QTS Reading


Music Teacher: Mr A McKenna, BMus, BEd, ARCT

Music Teacher: Mr C Ham, BA Cambridge, MMus Royal Northern College of Music


Our dedicated Director of Music works closely with all pupils to encourage and nurture their musical talents, whatever their level of ability, so that they may reach their full potential and can gain confidence from performing.

Class music is taught to all pupils in Years 7-9. This acts as a foundation for examination options in the senior part of the school where the subject is offered at GCSE and A Level.

The Sibelius music programme is used by pupils throughout the school for composition work.

Your child can take individual instrumental lessons, offered by a team of qualified specialist teachers and our pupils are always highly successful in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations, at all levels from Grades 1 – 8. Lunchtime and after-school practices take place throughout the week.




GCSE Music

For students who like listening to music, finding out how it was written, playing or even composing their own,  Music GCSE is a must. Students will study some of the greatest music ever written. The course covers pieces from the classical genre up to rock music by ‘Queen’, and from musicals on Broadway, to the film music ‘Starwars’. Performing a solo and an ensemble piece and composing some of their own music make up the rest of this course. Throughout the two years there will be plenty of opportunities to make music and to go to concerts, courses and conferences, both locally and in London. This course provides an excellent foundation for careers in the music business and shows that you can work methodically and with self-discipline.

A Level Music

A Level Music is a fantastic option for students who enjoy playing an instrument or singing, like exploring and creating their own music, enjoy listening to all kinds of music and are interested in how music has developed. Students will find the course stimulating and enriching with plenty of opportunities to develop their own individual skills, through performing both individually and as a group, developing their analytical, listening and appraising skills and creative composition.

There will be many opportunities to go to concerts featuring music from classical to jazz and the non- Western tradition, as well as visits to the opera and musical theatre.


We also offer Music Technology at AS level for those who feel that they want to pursue music from a modern, digital perspective.

AS Level Music Technology offers you a unique avenue into the music production and audio engineering world. This course will develop your sequencing and recording skills using professional audio software, as well as further your listening and appraising skills and show you how to apply your music theory skills using digital software tools. You will have access to professional audio equipment to produce compositions and recordings individually, and in collaboration with the wider Music department.