‘Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.’

Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921 – 2006)

The Music Curriculum

Students receive one lesson of music per week in years 7, 8 and 9 and they follow a varied curriculum which enables them to improve their performance, composition, listening and appraising skills.

KS3 Music

Assessment in KS3 Music.

Each topic will last half a term and will end with a formal assessment which will be either a performance, composition or analysis activity.

We follow the Edexcel GCSE in Music, which has a clear structure and is designed to allow candidates to study Music through the integration of performing, composing and listening with opportunities to use music technology.

GCSE Music

If you would like access to the exam board specification, here is the link:


 For those wishing to pursue a professional musical career as a performer, composer or teacher, A Level music is a pre-requisite for higher education courses at both universities and music colleges. Music also creates a practical and creative balance for those studying two or more classroom or laboratory based subjects, developing independent study and cultivating interpersonal skills through the examination of music as a communicative language.

A-Level Music

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AS Level


A Level


 The Music Department currently runs the following weekly activities from September to Easter. They all take place from 2.45 until 3.45 and are open to all unless otherwise stated;

  • Junior Choir
  • Junior Orchestra
  • Senior Choir
  • Senior Orchestra
  • Chamber Choir (auditioned members of Senior Choir – Lunchtime)
  • Wind Band
  • Big Band
  • Theory Club (Lunchtime)
  • Keyboard club (Lunchtime)
  • Guitar Club (Lunchtime)

Performance Projects in the last few years have included;

  • Provision of music for the annual Carol Service in Durham Cathedral
  • Chamber Choir and Wind Band performing in the ‘Friend of Durham Cathedral’ Christmas Concert alongside St. Chad’s College Chapel Choir and the Cathedral Young Singers
  • Providing the Music for the Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Carol Service
  • Chamber Choir Singing Choral Evensong in Durham Cathedral
  • Joint commissioning of, and performance in The Great Charter – a community opera to celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta.
  • Participation in a performance of Haydn’s Creation with the Durham Singers.
  • Live broadcast of Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4

Instrumental/ Vocal Tuition

Through a partnership with Durham Music Service and Music Works, we currently offer tuition in the following musical disciplines;

  • Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)
  • Double Reed (Oboe and Bassoon)
  • Bass (Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)
  • Upper Strings (Violin, Viola)
  • Lower Strings (Cello, Double Bass, Bass Guitar)
  • Guitar (Acoustic and Electric)
  • Orchestral Percussion
  • Voice
  • Keyboard