music

Our music department is lively, strong and inclusive. Students of all abilities are given the opportunity to enjoy and learn about music from a wide range of styles, times and cultures.  We have suite of well-equipped music rooms with a range of instruments and industry standard IT to support composition.

Our students have the opportunity to study a wide range of instruments with our excellent team of instrumental teachers, for example, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, singing, brass, woodwind and strings.

Extra-curricular activities involve large numbers of students in a range of ensembles and choirs including the Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir and Boys Singing Group.  Percussion groups, for example, samba band, hand-chimes and chamber choir are run on a seasonal basis.

Students can also take part in a wide variety of performances throughout the year. Recent performances have included our Summer and Christmas Concerts, Carols in the Barn as well as The Rebetiko Carnival and The Power of Music Festival.

Key Stage Three
Students in Year 7 study musical notation, form and structure and undertake a practical examination of music from sub-Saharan Africa. In Year 8 students are introduced to Blues, Musical Fusions and composing with chords and bass lines. Year 9’s chart the development of a genre of music, starting with Mento through to Ska, then Rock Steady and finally Reggae. They also study compositional devices and arranging. All units develop listening and appraising, performance and ensemble skills and composition concepts.

Key Stage Four
GCSE Music students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the diversity of music that exists today and develop their own listening, composition and performance skills. Assessment is via coursework and a listening and appraising examination. GCSE students currently follow the Eduqas specification.

Marking and assessment policy 

Instrumental and vocal lessons

Please follow this link for information concerning instrumental and vocal lessons.

Useful links for students

BBC Bitesize
West Sussex Music
ABRSM Aural training