Curriculum Vision and Implementation
“Our mission is to create a thriving music department. Somewhere everyone feels welcome and safe to be themselves. A place to create happy memories and life-long friendships. We want music to be the heart of the school and for it to bring the whole school community together. We want to inspire students, build their confidence and provide a platform for them to lead, to be creative and imaginative and to develop a life-long love of music whether this be through performing, listening or composing.”
Highest academic expectations
Many students go on to study Music at conservatoire and University level. All year 7 students take a base line test so that high achievers can be recognised from day one.
Succeed in their chosen pathway
Links with Future Yard for music careers. Students supported with UCAS and conservatoire applications.
Ambition and preparation for life beyond education
House Music—students learn organisational and teamwork skills. Learning how to conduct rehearsals. Rigorous schemes of work.
Individual responsibility and respect
Working in line with the school achievement and behaviour policy. Students nominated for the headteacher award. Students encouraged to fulfil presentation requirements. Using DIRT time effectively in lessons.
Academically challenging, ambitious and stimulating curriculum
GCSE terminology embedded in KS3 curriculum, KS3 traditional notation. All students learn keyboard skills.
A modern education
Using google classroom to support the curriculum. Use of Music Technology at GCSE and A level.
Develop strength of character and resilience
Extra curricular opportunities and embedding HPL in lessons.
Extra curricular diet and personal development opportunities
Junior choir, senior choir, wind band, jazz band, junior band, senior band and string group. House Music Festival, Christmas Concert, Summer Concert and competing in Music Festivals. Open evenings and Remembrance Day service.
Encouraging PP students from all year groups to use funding for instrumental music lessons. Trips to the Philharmonic and lectures by musicologists for GCSE and A level students.
Personal and professional excellence and realising potential
HPL philosophy, high expectations of uniform both in the classroom and in concerts.
Success and achievement
Top scoring subject at GCSE and A level. High percentage of level 9 and A grades consistently. Awarding achievements for extra curricular attendance and development. Music ties awarded for service and commitment.
True to subjects core content and concepts
Curriculum maps and learning journeys
Skills to flourish in the modern world
Future leaders with courage and integrity
Peer mentors used across all year groups to support development in the curriculum. House Music festival is run by sixth form prefects who nurture.