The Music Department is housed in a music suite with technological facilities and two practice rooms.
Years 7, 8 and 9 have music lessons weekly in mixed ability groups. Music is taught in a very practical way giving students the opportunity to play and experience music. Students also develop their listening skills and begin to analyse music using appropriate vocabulary.
GCSE students follow the AQA syllabus. Take up for GCSE is high and results are frequently excellent. Students are able to realise their compositional ideas on our digital recording equipment and music specific computers. We currently run Sibelius, Cubase and Acid Pro software and have a 16 track digital recording desk.
At KS5 we currently offer the RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners. Our curriculum content is linked to the professional world of music with tasks mimicking various Music job roles from Session musician to Music Producer. This is a largely practical course which actively enables students to improve their musicianship, reflect on work in a meaningful way, develop strategies for improvement, team-work, organisation and their understanding of many roles in the music industry.
We currently offer instrumental tuition in the following areas:
- Bass Guitar
- Guitar group
- Opportunities to form your own band
- Music theory sessions
- Year 11 Coursework sessions
- Rehearsal rooms are available to use at break, lunch and after school
- School Shows (recent shows include Legally Blonde, Sister Act, 9 to 5)
- Hilbre’s got Talent (Talent Show)