Diary Date : Monday 30th Oct – First Trial Exams – Week Two
Diary Date : Monday 30th Oct – 2017 Parent Survey period begins – ends on Friday 17th Nov.
Diary Date : W/B Monday 6th Nov – Form Communions begin (4 Weeks)
Diary Date : Tuesday 7th Nov – 2017 Leavers Presentation Evening @ 7.00pm
Diary Date : Thursday 9th Nov – Duke of Edinburgh Award presentation to Year 9 Parents – 5.0pm to 6.30pm
Diary Date : Friday 10th Nov – Act of Remembrance @ 10.45am
Diary Date : Tuesday 14th Nov – Deeper Learning Day 5
Diary Date : Wednesday 22nd Nov – Year 7 Theatre Trip – 1.30pm to 5.00pm.

Music

Staffing: Mr S Battye (Head of Department), Mrs T Astley and Mr J Foster (Performing Arts Assistant)

Instrumental teachers: Ms H Fry (Jazz Tutor), Mrs J Green (Clarinet), Mr GMoore (Brass), Mr D Price (Strings/Orchestra), A Shipton (Flute), Mr K Wallace (Guitar),  Mr T Power (Piano) and S Leach (Voice).

The department is accommodated in a newly adapted area of the school and is equipped with a range of instrumental resources including recorders, guitars, and drum kits. The department has access to 18 computers using Sibelius music software, a  DJ mixing desk and Ipads..

Key Stage 3

All students in Years 7-8 are taught one hour of classroom based music per week. The emphasis of the curriculum is to engage pupils in practical music making activities and all the taught units of study involve practical performance and composition activities. ABRSM Music theory is studied by all pupils in Years 7-8.

In Year 9 GCSE Music students receive 2 hours of Music teaching per week.

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 GCSE Music students receive 2 hours of Music teaching per week.

In Year 11 GCSE Music students receive 2.5 hours of Music teaching per week.

Music is a popular subject at Key Stage 4 where pupils follow the AQA 8271 Specification. This course allows pupils to develop analytical listening skills, composition skills and performance skills.  Pupils  are taught in mixed ability groups. Examination results are generally above the national average for the subject:

Attainment Key Stage 4:

2015        10% A* – A            70% A* – C, 2016        25% A* – A            75% A* – C, 2017        22% A* – A            88% A* – C

Extra Curricular Activities

christmas_concertStudents are encouraged to take part in a range of musical activities. The Year 7 Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band String Orchestra and soul band meet on a weekly basis and are well attended.

The department produces a concert at Christmas and in the spring and music plays an important role in the annual Carol service that takes place at Bury Parish Church.  The choirs and bands also perform for school communion services.  The Music department regularly contributes to our annual school production.  In recent years the musicals have been: Bugsy, Joseph, Oliver, Annie and the Wizard of Oz.

Instrumental Music Lessons

Lessons are available for all the principle orchestral instruments, voice and piano.

Professional Partnerships

The department regularly engages with professional organisations at both a regional and national level. Recent projects have included workshops with Opera North, the BBC Philharmonic and the Halle Orchestra.