Mr Paul Blaylock – Subject Leader

For more details about the music curriculum, please email

We are proud of our thriving department where EVERY student has the opportunity to develop their musical skills. We promote experience in a wide range of musical instruments and many students attend our ‘open house’ most breaktimes, lunchtimes and after school, where they can play on the keyboards, guitars, ukuleles, drum kits etc.

We have flagship concerts at Christmas and in the summer with huge numbers of students involved, as well as playing an integral part in the huge whole school production with the Drama and Art departments.

We have established links for many years now with primary schools where Year 4, 5 and 6 students come to the Academy to have workshops on instruments.


We develop practical music skills on the keyboards, guitars and drum kits as well as giving experiences on ukuleles. We also teach pupils how to listen to and appraise music to gain a better understanding of how music is created. Again, we believe that hardly any other school gives such wide instrumental opportunity to students.

ICT in Music is also taught extensively as is the theory of reading and writing music to support the practical activities.

GCSE (OCR) – Years 9, 10 & 11

This is very popular with well over double the national average taking the subject for GCSE over the last 10 years.

The students are encouraged to pursue their creativity through composing and performing in whatever styles they prefer. Our aim is to expose students to many different styles of music but to let them choose their styles and support their many different ideas whether they be Beethoven or heavy metal!


Music Department Clubs 2020  – Room 21 & 22

Music extra-curricular

Monday – After school, GCSE Booster and Individual Rehearsals

Tuesday – Lunchtimes Year 7, 8 & 9 choir, 12.50-1.15 -bring your packed lunch along!
After school, Brass Ensemble and Individual Rehearsals,

Wednesday – Lunchtime, Musical Theatre Group

Thursday – After school, Enrichment Extra, Senior Choir and Individual Rehearsals

Friday – After School – Individual Rehearsals