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Music is available for all students at Key Stage 3, and as an option at GCSE and A-Level. In addition to the curriculum music lessons, the department also runs a very busy extra-curricular programme of activities and events and a plethora of instrumental lessons run throughout the week delivered by a committed team of visiting instrumental staff.

At KS3, students cover a wide range of styles and periods, including Blues, Samba drumming and Pop Song writing. We also teach a cross-curricular project based on Music and Conflict. Students have access to a range of instruments to use in the curriculum, with projects based around ukulele work, keyboards and band instruments such as electric guitar and bass guitar. We are fortunate to have a suite of macbooks and KS3 students use Garageband in a number of projects.


GCSE Music at KS4 (AQA Syllabus) helps students to develop subject knowledge, understanding and skills, through listening to a variety of music, playing music and creating their own music. The specification places a strong weighting on practical aspects of music with choices catering for a wide range of interests and abilities. The three-unit GCSE assesses students' skills in listening and appraising, composing and performing music.

GCSE Music a solid foundation for progression to other music studies, including A-level Music, and often to a music-related career.  Our course provides the opportunity for students to develop valuable transferable skills such as self-confidence, concentration, creativity, evaluation and team work. We are delighted to have received the ISM Gold Medal for the last two years in recognition of over 20% of the KS4 group taking GCSE Music.


AS and A-Level Music at KS5 (Eduqas Syllabus) is designed to allow students to pursue their own musical interests. Students develop skills in the three distinct but related disciplines of performing, composing and appraising, whilst having flexibility to specialise in either performing or composing. 

The Eduqas specification is designed to offer contrast and breadth as well as depth of study. Students will engage with both classical and popular music. All students will study the development of the symphony, engaging with landmark orchestral repertoire, which is important in developing knowledge and understanding of musical elements and language in context. Learners will use the musical language of this period to compose one piece of music to a brief. Students will also choose one area of study from Pop and Rock, Musical Theatre and Jazz and one further area of study exploring the musical language and styles from either the early twentieth century or the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.


A very important part of the Music Department’s extra-curricular work is the Pipes and Drums Band who not only work extremely hard to put on a tremendous show at every Parade, but are also in high demand around the country for functions and events. We are also part of the Good to Great Creative Arts Programme running an elite choir in addition to all our inclusive opportunities for students. The department boasts extensive facilities in the heart of the school. We hope you will find the time to listen to some of our fabulous performers and composers, whose work appears on this site.

We are always pleased to receive enquiries about any area of our work.

Please email or phone 01276 858084.

Mrs R Brazendale MA (Director of Music) email:
Mrs S Blaine MusB (Hons) (Deputy Head of Music)  email:
Mrs C Medlar MA (Performance co-ordinator) email:
Mrs D Heathcote (Artistic Director - Creative Arts, Good to Great) email:
Mrs C Walker BA (Hons) ARCM Music Administrator email:
Peripatetic Teachers:

Mr Adie (Brass)
Mr Argyle ( Electric Guitar)
Mr Ash (Pipes)
Mr Beaman (Classical Guitar)
Mrs Brewster (Oboe/Piano)
Mrs Burton (Singing)
Mr Charlton (Cello/Double Bass)
Mrs Dalrymple (Violin/Viola)
Mrs Heathcote (LAMDA)
Miss Nao Maebayashi (Piano/Keyboard)
Mrs Medlar (Singing/LAMDA)
Mrs O'Brien (Saxophone/Clarinet)
Mrs Shaw (Singing/LAMDA)
Mr Stafford (Piano)
Mr Thomas (Flute)
Mrs Tinniswood (LAMDA)
Mr Wheeler (Drums)