Diary Date : Monday 13th February – Between 6pm and 7pm we will be hosting Rochdale MIND and Healthy Young Minds (CAMHS) to give a brief presentation about emotional well-being and mental health in youngsters. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Parents and carers from all year groups are most welcome.
Diary Date : Monday 13th February – Deeper Learning Day 7
Diary Date : Thursday 16th February – Year 10 Consultation Evening – 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
Diary Date : Friday 17th February – School closes for the half-term break, opening again on Monday 27th February.
Diary Date : Saturday 18th February – Trip leaves for Iceland.
Diary Date : Tuesday 28th February – Year 9 Individual photos taken.


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

Instrumental teachers: Mrs R Parry (Jazz Tutor), Mrs J Green (Clarinet), Ms S Foncesca (Brass), Mr D Price (Strings/Orchestra), A Shipton (Flute), Mr K Wallace (Guitar), GP Fuentes (Percussion), Ms Coe (Oboe), L Shaw (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 4270 Specification in Years 10 & 11. Current Year 9 students follow the AQA 8271 Specification, as will students wishing to study GCSE Music in the future. These courses allow 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: 2014       10% A* – A           70% A* – C,   2015        10% A*-A            60% 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 regional and national levels. Recent projects have included an opera workshop with Opera North and a BBC Philharmonic project based upon the BBC ’10 Pieces’. Some pupils from the department have taken part in the National Youth Orchestra ‘Inspire Programme’.