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Curriculum and Enrichment

In years 7-9 performing (including singing), composition and listening skills are developed through the study of a range of musical genres, including traditional African songs and drumming, western popular music and Indian classical music.  Students also develop their personal learning and thinking skills through studying music and, in particular, their ability to be effective members of a team. 

Students are encouraged to take part in the very many extra-curricular opportunities that the department provides. Currently these include a brass band, jazz band, orchestra, year 7 choir, senior choir, woodwind and flute ensembles, dhol drumming and steel pans groups.  There is a student led brass septet and from September there will be a string orchestra.

To gain experience of performance students take to the stage at our amazing Summer and Winter Concerts, for KS4 and KS5 performance evenings, at Talent Shows and Awards Evenings and work alongside Drama and Dance to produce musicals of an extremely high standard.

Students are also welcome to use keyboards and other equipment at break times, lunch times and after school to practise, learn in more informal ways and to rehearse with other students.  Bands are able to use spaces in the department to rehearse after school.  In addition students are able to attend, within school, individual lessons arranged by Redbridge Music Service.

In years 10 and 11 we offer GCSE Music and First Award in Music. In the sixth form we offer Music and Music Technology at A Level.

Excellent Results

Our results are excellent, with very high levels of achievement at KS4 and KS5.  In 2012 97% of students gained and A*-C grade (with nearly half of the students gaining A* or A grades).  Achievement at A Level was also excellent, with 100% gaining A-C grades and 50% achieving an A grade.  This success has seen our students being rewarded with places to study music at prestigious music colleges and leading music departments, including Oxford and Manchester.


How you can help

Encourage your child to listen to and enjoy as many different genres of music as possible through live performances, recordings, radio and television.  Encourage your child to attend some of the many clubs which take place in the music department and ensure that students who are taking instrumental and/or singing lessons practise regularly at home.