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"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding" (Ofsted, 2017)..the school's culture of respect for all and positive relationships, summarised succinctly in "do your best and be nice" (Ofsted, 2017)Fantastic GCSE results! 85% English and 83% Maths despite the new grading system and increased expectations. Well done Class of 2017!OUTSTANDING! Effectiveness of leadership and management (Ofsted, 2017)OUTSTANDING! Personal development, behaviour and welfare (Ofsted, 2017)Fantastic results! 85% English and 83% Maths despite the new grading system and increased expectations! Well done class of 2017!“Governors and staff promote positive relationships combined with high aspirations for themselves and pupils” (Ofsted, 2017)GCSE exam results 2017 maintained despite increased rigour!

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Years 7, 8 and 9 (KS3)

What will I be learning about throughout years 7, 8 and 9? Very briefly you will be working on the following projects:

  • Discovery: An introduction to music theory and how to play musical instruments
  • Celebration: Rhythms From Around The World
  • Creativity: Impressionism and Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Balance: Electronic Music and an introduction to GarageBand.
  • Structure: Reggae
  • Interpretation: Film music
  • Risk: Improvisation in different cultures
  • Identity: Songwriting and popular music


Years 10 & 11 (KS4)

What will I be learning about throughout years 10 & 11 if I decide to study music at GCSE level?

AQA GCSE Music -


 GCSE Music helps students to develop subject knowledge, understanding and skills, through listening to a variety of music, playing music and creating their own music. The AQA course has been designed to be relevant and contemporary, offering students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, with more opportunities for practical learning. The GCSE brings theory, listening and composition to life in new and engaging ways. This four-unit GCSE assesses students' skills in listening and appraising, composing and performing music. The course itself is designed to value all music styles, skills and instruments. You will learn about music by looking at set works from the Western Classical, Popular and Traditional genres. Set works include music from Haydn, The Beatles and Santana. Students should elect to take GCSE in order to broaden their minds and foster a love of all music and is intended for all abilities and backgrounds to enjoy.