Key Stage 3
Pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 (preference curriculum) receive one 60 minute lesson a week with homework set, including tasks focusing on research and the theory of music. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups with an average class size of 25 or below. Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Pupils complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 and will receive regular composing, performing and listening assessments throughout the year.
Key Stage 4
Pupils in Years 10 & 11, receive three 60 minute lessons a week with homework set every week with daily instrumental practise expected from every pupil. The two year GCSE course incorporates the three disciplines of performance, composition and listening and appraising with the AQA examination board – (40% examinations and 60% controlled assessment/coursework). Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Pupils complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in the form of extended writing activities in class and also mock and real examinations.
For Years 10 & 11, the Music department organises revision, rehearsal and recording sessions to support pupils with the preparation of the coursework and studies. All year groups can access the computers and internet facilities which are always available for pupils to use. In addition, pupils can book time before and after school to play on the wide range of instruments available or even a rock band rehearsal.
The department offers free lessons on guitar, voice, drums, piano, woodwind, brass and violin and runs music clubs including GCSE revision and instrumental groups. In addition, the departments organises regular trips to the theatres of Manchester.