We aim to give every student the opportunity to develop their creation and performance of music and widen their understanding and appreciation of music genres.

Performing arts offers a wide range of extra curricular opportunities to develop individual performance interests. Clubs including sound and lights, senior and junior band, choir, string ensemble, piano group set design are held weekly for students to develop their skills. The annual Academy show is always a huge success as well as the many concerts and other performances held throughout the year to showcase student talent.

I love being part of the shows as I get to meet new people and it gives me more confidence.
Year 7 student

Year 9, 10 and 11


GCSE in music

Course content/areas of study

Unit 1: Performing music - you will perform one solo performance and one ensemble performance.

Unit 2: Composing Music - you will compose two pieces of music from the four areas of study.

Unit 3: Listening and appraising exam: section A and B: tasks based on 12 set works.


Unit 1: Controlled assessment 30%

Unit 2: Controlled assessment 30%

Unit 3: Final examination - listening and appraising:

Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 40%

Core or option


Number of option choices


Number of GCSEs/equivalent

Being part of the band is brilliant - I have improved so much.
Year 8 student