Welcome to the Music page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

Under the national curriculum, Music is divided into three areas - Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising.

What are the aims of each area?

  • Pupils will study music for one hour per week.
  • They develop an understanding of a wide range of music through listening, performance, composition and independent/group study.
  • Pupils will get the chance to be involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities as well as having the opportunity to take individual instrumental lessons from visiting instrumental teachers. Extra-curricular activities include: Samba band, Steel Drums, Healing Harmony, Healing Chamber Orchestra and opportunities for bands to practise either afterschool or during lunchtimes. There will also be many opportunities throughout the year to perform to an audience.

Pupils are expected at all times to show respect, work to the best of their ability and enjoy their learning in a safe and stimulating environment.

Key Stage 3 -  Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

  • Pupils will study Music for one, one hour lesson per week.
  • Year 7 Scheme of Work:
    • Term 1.1 – Rhythms
    • Term 1.2 – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Remix on Logic.
    • Term 2.1 – Chasing Cars Guitar Project
    • Term 2.2 -  Chasing Cars Band Project
    • Term 3.1 – Riff Writing
    • Term 3.2 – Pop Song Writing
  • Year 8 Scheme of Work:
    • Term 1.1 – Reggae
    • Term 1.2 – Reggae Christmas
    • Term 2.1 – Pachelbel’s Canon
    • Term 2.2 – Pachelbel’s Canon Remix
    • Term 3.1 – Riptide Band Project
    • Term 3.2 – Riptide Band Project Continued.

How will our pupils be assessed?

  • Audio assessment is at the heart of Healing Music Department Curriculum.
  • Pupils will be assessed through performance, composition and musical understanding work.
  • Nation Curriculum levels will be used when assessing pupil’s work.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

At Key Stage 4 pupils have the option to study at GCSE Music.

  • At GCSE music pupils are assessed on both coursework (composition and performance) and a formal listening examination.
  • There are three components included in the AQA GCSE course:
    • Component 1 (40%) – Understanding Music.
    • Component 2 (30%) – Performing Music.
    • Component 3 (30%) – Composing Music.
  • Pupils are expected to have instrumental lessons and practice their instrument outside of lessons as well as getting involved in a range of musical activities both in and out of school.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

  • Component 1 (40%) – Understanding Music - 1.5 hour formal examination with questions relating to the set works, wide range of music and the pupils understanding of musical elements.
  • Component 2 (30%) – Performing Music - The two pieces of music will be assessed (one solo, one ensemble) by the centre and moderated externally.
  • Component 3 (30%) – Composing Music - The composition will be assessed by the centre and moderated externally.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

4+ “standard” pass
5+ “strong” pass

What can it lead to?

  • Theatre, television & film related jobs.
  • Music industry jobs (Recording/Studio engineer etc.).
  • Journalism.
  • Concert promotion.
  • Musician, Session Musician, Conductor.
  • Media
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Tuition – In school or Private.

Accommodation & Resources

Music is taught in two subject specialist classrooms. The rooms both include: iMac's and MacBook Pros running Logic Pro 10 software with midi controller keyboards, full class set of acoustic guitars, percussion, recorders, professional PA system. Pupils are welcome to use their own instruments within lesson to improve their understanding and attainment.

The numerous practice rooms in the department are equipped with a variety of acoustic/electric pianos, acoustic/electric drum kits and acoustic/electric guitars.

One music storeroom for pupil musical equipment and a wide variety of school orchestral and percussion instruments.


The Music department is thriving with pupils keen to develop their musicianship through composing and performing. Pupils are provided the opportunity to learn an instrument of their choice as well as perform in school concerts through the year. The department also organises trips to cities around the country, providing pupils with the perfect chance to further showcase their talents.