Mrs L Sprague
Head of Music
|Mrs A Hanford||Teacher of Music|
|Ms C McKinlay||Assistant Headteacher|
Introduction to the Department
The Music Department is at the heart of the school’s Catholic ethos and culture of academic success and community involvement.
Music is taken very seriously by our students and the practice rooms are always full during break and lunchtimes with students rehearsing their class work. In the last few years, the school has invested heavily in refurbishment of facilities and new instruments and equipment.
The department runs an extensive extra-curricular programme including 3 Choirs, String Orchestra, Folk Band, Jazz Band, Guitars and Ukuleles, and Orchestra. Over 200 students are currently involved in some form of extracurricular music. There is at least one formal concert every term taking place in the St Cecilia's, our Theatre and Liturgy space, as well as a large combined schools concert in the prestigious G Live venue. Biannually, over 50 students take part in a week long international concert tour where a massed choir and orchestra perform 3 concerts to the local public.
The Music Department work alongside the Drama Department to put on a school musical biannually and provide music for more intimate plays too. The department contributes regularly to Masses, liturgies, worship sessions and the school’s annual open air Feast Day Mass and Carol Service.
Key Stage 5 Information
A Level Music also follows the EDEXCEL specification with performing, composing and listening again forming the core of the curriculum. For the performing element of the course, students must deliver a short public performance on their chosen instrument or voice. As with the GCSE, students must also submit compositions and sit a listening exam.