WHAT’s WHAT … and WHO’s WHO?


  • Miss Sargeson - Subject Leader of Music

We also have a number of Peripatetic music teachers in the department;

  • Sylvia Mitton - Singing Teacher
  • Tim Parkinson - Woodwind Teacher
  • Ruth Larbey - Woodwind Teacher
  • Helen Fairmaner - String Teacher
  • Jon Russell - Guitar Teacher
  • Paul Frankel - Guitar Teacher
  • Mr Rowlands - Brass Teacher
  • Mr Edwards - Drum Teacher
  • Gary Eyre - Piano Teacher
  • Judith Kelly - Piano Teacher

The music block is comprised of;

  • 2 dedicated teaching rooms, each with keyboards around the edge,
  • 6 practice rooms, these are used for instrumental and vocal teaching or when students are completing group work in lesson time and need a quieter space to work in,
  • 1 Music studio, this room is used mostly by our AS and A2 students.


We believe that Music should be available and accessible to ALL students. It is a subject we hope all our students enjoy.  We strive for all students to learn how to approach work individually and independently and we value effort and progression as much as outcome.

The music department has been one of the highest achieving departments in the school for many years.  Learners are given the opportunity, both in class and in extra curricular events, to experience performance in front of a live audience.  Our very high record of performance, especially extra curricular, has gone on to help students become confident when working practically, this is shown by their high achievement in practical music making.









Before School







Junior Choir* and Electric Guitar

Senior Choir**

Jazz Band ***

String Group


Man Choir

Ukulele Group

After School



G&T Band

Rock School


These clubs are free of charge

These clubs require payment to help cover running costs

* Years 7&8 only
** Year 9 upward
*** Grade 3 or above


Year 7

  • Vocal performance - Students learn basic performance skills.
  • The Orchestra – Students learn to play and identify a variety of instruments found in the orchestra.
  • Pulse and Rhythm – Students learn how to notate and create rhythms and perform in groups of varying sizes.
  • Notation – Students learn to read basic notation use this to perform in a variety of ensemble pieces.
  • Pentatonic – students start to learn about structure and texture and use 5 note scales to compose, perform and notate. 
  • Chords and texture – students expand knowledge of notation and start to look at harmony in more depth.
  • Summer Songs – students use all the skills they have acquired throughout the year to compose songs with clear structures and tunes as well as notated keyboard parts.  They will perform these to their class.

Year 8

  • Ground Bass – Student will develop an understanding of how Ground Bass can be used to structure compositions as well as learning the purpose of a Bass Clef and being able to identify and write notes using it.
  • Blues – Students explore the Blues.  Both the origins and the musical features.  Through this study they will learn how to play and write chords.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll – This topic develops students skills with chords.  They will be expected to develop chord structures to base a Rock ‘n’ Roll composition on.
  • Reggae – Introduces students to syncopation and interesting ways to make chord structures more varied rather than using block chords.
  • Variation – Gives students the chance to explore melody, harmony, bass, chords, dynamics and tempo as variable devices to be explored and changed to add interest to a musical composition.
  • Film Music – Students will look at how music can be used to heighten atmosphere in film of other visual media.  They will have the opportunity to explore different musical devices to create an appropriate musical backing to a section of film.

Year 9 - Musical Futures

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Musical Futures Aims and Objectives


The aim of musical Futures is to devise new and imaginative ways of engaging young people in music activities as an entitlement for all 11-19 year olds.

In order to realise our aim, we consulted on ways to sustain young people’s involvement in music, established collaborative action research projects, and advocated our findings to government, music organisations, music services, schools and other music providers.

Musical Futures introduces students to a different way of learning music.  It allows students the freedom to learn aurally without the restrictions of formal music notation.  Students learn in a way more akin to the methods used by pop musicians.

They are able to use a wide variety of instruments and are given the opportunity to teach themselves and share the knowledge already held within the group.  This method of learning helps inspire the students and allows them to learn at their own speed.

This method of teaching does not have formal learning aims for each lesson like students have been used to in the lower school.  Instead the students have more long-term aims and goals to work towards over a number of lessons.

So far Musical Futures has been a big success enabling all types of learner to explore and develop their musical skills.


To understand the factors affecting young people’s commitment to, and sustained engagement in, musical participation;

To develop (in collaborative partnership with Pathfinders) ways in which the diverse musical needs of young people can be best met and their experience of music making enhanced;

To raise the attainment and enjoyment levels of young people through the development of innovative teaching/music-leading styles and cross-genre approaches;

To realise viable, sustainable and transferable models which can support a national strategy for music and young people;

To investigate, and make recommendations on, the most appropriate methods of supporting young people’s interests and skills;

To find ways of validating and (where appropriate) accrediting all forms of young people’s musical experiences, including those undertaken without supervision;

To facilitate support for music trainees, leaders, teachers and performers/ composers through the provision of development opportunities which highlight collaborative working practices.

We end the KS3 music course with a concert in the hall for all year 9 students to share the work they have produced throughout the year.

Our GCSE music students study the Edexcel music course

The Edexcel course covers performance, composition, listening and analysis.  It is divided into four Areas of study

  • Western Classical Music, 1600-1899
  • Music in the 20th Century
  • Popular music in context
  • World music

For more information visit and look at the GCSE music pages

Our AS and A2  music students study the OCR music course

For more information visit and look at the A-level music qualification.

The A-level music course is still designed to integrate all aspects of music but at a higher level.

For more information download the AS and A2 students guide.

Click here to download the AS Course Booklet (Word doc) 

Click here to download the A2 Course Booklet (Word doc)