Mr Paul Blaylock – Subject Leader

Music Reading List

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 extra-curricular

The music department runs a range of extra-curricular activities including choirs, ensembles, rock bands, personal rehearsal and GCSE booster sessions.  Please see the board outside the music department for an up to date timetable.