Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best of the musical canon.” Music programmes of study: Key Stage 3. 2014

Music Department Aims:

  • To provide all students with the opportunity to access and engage in a variety of musical genres, traditions and styles.

  • To provide all students with the opportunity to develop the ability to perform, create, appreciate and appraise music.

  • To encourage students to work independently and as part of teams, to share musical experiences.

  • To provide a music education culture that is creative, expressive, technological and vocational.

  • To encourage active independent participation in cultural opportunities by students.

  • To provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop their own spirituality


We offer tuition on a number of instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, cornet, trombone, French horn, tuba, piano/keyboard, classical/acoustic/electric/bass guitar, drums, vocals and uniquely, steel pans. Instrumental lessons are provided by Birmingham Music Service. There is a nominal termly charge for instrumental lessons of £50 per term. 

The Music Department provides a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities to cater for all musical interests! There are a number of ensembles such as String Group, Steel Pan Band and a successful Choir. A number of students participate in Birmingham Music Service Central Ensembles. Practice rooms are always available to students who wish to work on their own independent projects. Our musicians perform regularly in school in Mass and assemblies and we participate in a number of projects with other local schools. We have an annual school production or pantomime. We organise regular trips to theatre performances and concerts at venues such as Birmingham Hippodrome and Symphony Hall.

“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind and life to everything” Plato


In Key Stage 3 we encourage active involvement in different forms of music-making. Music lessons are active with students engaging with musical concepts in a predominantly practical way. The core skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising are developed through the study of a wide range of musical styles. The Key Stage 3 curriculum serves as a platform for students ongoing study at GCSE.

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Students follow OCR GCSE Music which extends and develops students’ skills and knowledge in the three key areas of performing, composing and appraising. Students will find out more about different genres of music, investigate how music is put together, compose their own pieces and improve their performance skills both as a soloist and in an ensemble.