Key Stage 3


Students in year 7 will have two one hour lessons per fortnight. They will predominantly use tuned percussion instruments, keyboards, untuned percussion and music technology software. Topics are always delivered through practical music making, either through singing or performing on instruments. Students will develop performing, composing, and listening skills across all of key stage 3. Music is taught in school by working in groups, which develops team working skills and builds confidence. Their learning and musical development is closely guided and developed by committed, enthusiastic and supportive music teachers within a well-resourced department, where every student has access to a variety of instruments. They will also have access to seven dedicated practice rooms in which students can rehearse as an ensemble or hire for solo rehearsal during lessons and/or outside of curriculum time. Topics covered throughout key stage 3 include a wide variety of musical styles, genres and traditions as a solid preparation for students wishing to access the demands of GCSE and A Level studies.

The school has a thriving extra-curricular programme and students may wish to choose to learn an instrument with our excellent team of instrumental teachers such as: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Singing, Piano, Violin, Cello, Drums, Piano and Guitar. (A list of fees is available from our Student Administration Office). There are also opportunities to perform in the following ensembles: Sandon Voices, Year 7 Choir, Concert Band, Clarinet Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, Guitar Band, Stax of Sax, Sequel (Music Software) Club, Ukulele band, and Raw Rhythm percussion group.

Year 7 students will also have the opportunity to display their musical talents to parents and peers by participating in a concert solely  for year 7 students, or by furthering their involvement by taking part in the Music Department’s various concerts and events including the Christmas concert, collaborative performing arts events, performances during celebration assemblies and awards ceremonies, competitions, trips to musicals, or even gaining a qualification whilst in key stage 3 as part of our Gifted and Talented program (Arts Award Bronze).