Learning & Achieving Together


Our aim is to be a centre of excellence for music, promoting and supporting creativity, innovation and high standards of achievement. The facilities and courses available at the school provide each student with learning and teaching opportunities which are built around their own individual needs and aspirations. Through the music technology facilities, recording studio, and numerous performance venues, we aim to provide opportunities for students and other stakeholders to enjoy and appreciate music not only in classroom scenarios but in workshops, high standard instrumental tuition and performances by visiting professionals.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introduction
  • Keyboard skills
  • Music and space
  • Samba
  • Voiceworksatin beat
  • Music from China

Year 8

  • Jazz and improvisation
  • Film music
  • African drumming
  • Pop song
  • Reggae
  • Going solo

Key Stage 4

This course leads to a GCSE in music. The main focus is to develop students' aural skills through the study of 8 set works from throughout music history, as well as developing high quality performance and composition skills.

Year 9

Students will complete a range of practical projects to prepare them for the study of the set works.

  • The elements of music
  • Step up to GCSE
  • Popular song
  • Ground bass and variations
  • The baroque concerto
  • Form and structure
  • Musicals
  • Film music
  • Fusions

During the summer term, students begin to study the first set work of the GCSE course, Queen: Killer Queen

Year 10

  • Queen: Killer Queen
  • H. Purcell: Music for a While
  • J.S.Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D Major
  • L.V.Beethoven:1st movement from Piano Sonata No.3 'Pathtique' in C Minor
  • S.Schwartz: Defying Gravity from Wicked

Year 11

  • Queen: Killer Queen
  • H. Purcell: Music For A While
  • J. S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major
  • L. V. Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Minor

Assessment and Examinations

The two year GCSE course is assessed through:

  • Coursework: Component 1:  Performing: one solo and one ensemble performance (30% internally assessed)
  • Coursework: Component 2: Composition: two compositions, one free choice and one to a brief (30% internally assessed)
  • Written examination: Component 3: Appraising: 1hour 45 minutes (40% externally assessed)

Key Stage 5

For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.

Click here to download 6th Form Prospectus

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra curricular opportunities are extensive and include:

  • Brentside Encore Vocal Group
  • theatre visits
  • trips to concerts
  • specialist workshops
  • specialist instrumental lessons with professional musicians
  • instrumental ensembles
  • performing in concerts
  • performing in the school production 
  • music industry work placements