Departmental Vision

The philosophy of the department is that:

  • Each pupil is valued and has a sense of purpose and belonging though engaging in musical activities. 
  • Each pupil’s expectations are raised through curricular and extra-curricular activities, trips and performance opportunities. 
  • Each pupil gains enrichment through experiencing different styles and cultures of music, from European to Latino and African musical genres. 
  • Each pupil is given space and guidance/tuition to allow them to develop creative and expressive skills.

IMG 1411There is a main teaching room including 15 Mac computers equipped with Garageband , Logic Pro and Sibelius 8, a band practice room and 2 smaller practice rooms, all equipped with keyboards, drumkits and amps, and 2 music technology rooms, one with recording facilities. 


Pupils from Years 7-9 have one music lesson per week and Key Stage 4 have 3. Key Stage 3 comprises of varied schemes of work that allow all pupils to develop in listening, composing and performing as they study the following units of work:


Half term 







Year 7

Intro to Music/ composing

Learning the keyboard/ singing

Learning the Ukulele

Chinese Music/ composition


Rock and Roll

Year 8

Keyboard skills


Learning the guitar


Composing with Sibelius


Year 9

Film Music/ Orchestra

Composing with logic Pro

Learning the drums

Rock/ group performance

Jazz and improvisation


Year 10

Composition 1 / Listening

Solo performance

Solo performance 

Composition 1 / Listening

Composition 1 / Listening

Solo performance

Year 11

Group performance

Group performance

Composition 2 /Appraisal

Composition 2 /Appraisal





SouthboroughHighSchl325Pupils have access to a vast array of instruments, including African drums, keyboards, ukuleles, electric guitars and of course they make use of the Mac computers. 

This feeds in to Key Stage 4 and the Eduqas GCSE course, where pupils do specified coursework in creating two compositions, taking part in a solo and a group performance and then take a final listening exam.

Eduqas GCSE Music specification

At Key Stage 5, pupils have the option to study Music A level using the Eduqas specification.

Eduqas A-level specification


Homework pages for Years 7-9 can be found on Class Charts regularly. Many homeworks are of a practical nature and expect pupils to practise specific music on various instruments.

Pictures from the many recent musical events at Southborough:IMG 5947

2015/ 2016 Music Gallery


 An example Year 10 Composition:

Daniel H - GCSE Composition

Josh B - 'Falling Slowly'

Practice rooms are available every lunchtime/ after school for bands and groups to rehearse.
GCSE clinics are available after school by arrangement for Years 10 and 11.

School Calendar

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