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 Our intent is to provide all students with the opportunity to access Music through exploring a variety of musical experiences including: playing an instrument, exploring music technology, experiencing a variety of genres, accessing extra-curriculum groups and instrumental lessons. 

  • All students from Year 7 through to Year 11 have the opportunity to experience these. 
  • The aim is to inspire, engage and challenge students to produce exciting and high quality outcomes. 

Due to our rural location, many students do not have access to music-making outside of school, as a result of this a variety of activities in school and trips are offered.  Activities inside of school include- Year 11 Gig, Battle of the Bands, extra-curricular clubs (choir, sign choir, jazz band, KS3 rock band, music club) and Open Mic; trips include- Music For Youth Regional and Fringe Festivals, performances at local festivals, Touring local primary schools, Collaboration events with QEGS and Tattershall Primary School and the Arts Festival.  The curriculum on offer reflects on the ongoing changes in the Music Industry through performance, composition and music technology and as a result of these changes the KS3 curriculum undertaken will reflect a practical curriculum which will feed directly into the KS4 BTEC curriculum. 

Implementation: The Music curriculum underlines the intention of incorporating music performance, composition and technology as much as possible.  Progression is encouraged through the development of different skills and techniques which results in students becoming more confident and taking ownership of their work.  All students have access to music and personalised learning strategies are in place to ensure all are able to achieve.

KS3 Music Students are introduced to Music through working at skills based projects.  Learning is mainly completed through practical means, through learning the initial musicianship skills, performance skills, composition skills, developing aural dictation and listening skills through improvisation, group work and independent and resilience skills.  Students also complete some technology topics and continue developing skills through using MovieMaker and Mixcraft.  Topics completed include Mash Up (whole class trumpets/trombones), Band skills, Fusions: Indian Raga/Bhangra, Rhythms Around The World, Stomp! And British Culture. 

During Year 8 undertake further projects to continue developing their knowledge, develop and reinforce skills they started to cover during Year 7.  Students create and recreate performances, compositions songs through practical work and technology through further varied topics including, workshopping, Band Skills 2, The Blues, Pachelbel/ Pop Goes The Classics, Song writing and DJ’ing Skills.   

A large part of the KS3 Music curriculum are the cross curriculum links.  Many skills which are taught in music are transferable skills across subjects including maths where simple and compound time signatures are taught, rhythmic equations are taught inline with appropriate time signatures involving subdivisions and BPM.  There is also a large focus on the Humanities subjects with music from different countries, historical events and portrayals through songs and lyrics as well as music from religions and celebrations.  ICT plays a strong part of the KS3 curriculum with students learning to use music technology to composing on computers and learning to use technology creatively.

KS4 Music Year 9 is a skills building focus year in preparation for the BTEC course.  This has been designed to focus on skills and confidence required in the BTEC course whilst mimicking the KS3 curriculum.  Students gain further experience on their chosen instrument through a variety of topics on offer, as well as developing song writing skills, ensemble skills, independent musicianship skills.  Extra-curricular opportunities are further made available for students in order for them to develop life skills such as confidence, these opportunities including performing at local music festivals.  Students are introduced further to Music Technology through practical means by using recording equipment, Cubase and Audacity.

In Years 10-11 students follow the BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Music specialising in either Music Performance or Music Technology.  During Year 10 all students work towards, complete a mock exam and undertake the exam unit (Unit 1) at the May exam sitting.  The Music Performers complete the composition unit (Unit 4) whilst the Music Technologists complete the Music Recording unit (unit 6).  The coursework units are completed in practically, through developing ideas on their instruments, recording ideas and writing ideas down either through notation, tab, chord charts or explanations.  The recording unit is completed practically with students recording groups in the class, using Cubase and Audacity to create final mixes.

During Year 11 students continue to specialise through Music Performance or Music Technology.  For students identified to resit the exam, they will continue to work towards the exam in January (unit 1).  All students complete the Music Product unit (Unit 2) with the end result being the Year 11 Gig.  Students work as teams and each team is responsible for the planning, development and delivery of elements of the Year 11 Gig.  The Music Performers complete the performance unit with performances from each performer at the Year 11 Gig.  Students complete rehearsal and skills diaries throughout the unit whilst rehearsing in preparation for the gig.  Music Technologists work towards the Live Sound unit (unit 3) which is completed at the Year 11 Gig.  Students learn through practical means learning to set up the stage, check equipment, rehearsals using the PA Systems and mixing desks before the gig.

Uptake of Music at KS4 continues to increase, with 28 students in Year 11 and 27 students in Year 9.  The Year 10 cohort is a smaller group with only 16 students, this has been impacted by students changing schools and becoming home schooled.  Numbers taking instrumental lessons have also increased over the last three years, during the first term 2017-2018 only four students were undertaking instrumental lessons however, this grown with 25 students undertaking lessons by peripatetic teachers from Lincolnshire Music Service.

Literacy is a large part of the KS3 and KS4 courses, students are learning to develop their knowledge and skills through practical work however, they also keep written work alongside this.  Students are asked to complete tasks as well as planning, allowing them to consider how to develop their work further.  Feedback is given on topics and none-coursework units at a regular cycle.  Assessment feedback is given to the students in-line with the BTEC framework.

Cross curriculum links are also a large part of the music curriculum in KS3 and KS4 developing skills which are required throughout all year groups.  Maths is a key part of all musical activities and part of the musicianship skills taught throughout all year groups and (BPM and time signatures- simple, complex and duplex, rhythms- simple and complex sub divisions, basic equations- beats in a bar, simple, complex and duplex time), Geography (styles and genres of music from around the World and cultures), History (historic events and portrayal through music and songs).  Supporting English (song writing, writing raps and lyrics, singing, auracy during discussions and idea development, writing down ideas), ICT also plays a large part across all year groups (using new software, learning to be creative through technology, transferring knowledge from a variety of software, converting files).  For the Music Technicians physics is a key cross curricular link (sound waves, polar patterns, sound frequencies. 

The music curriculum continues to build strong links to the Art, Drama and Computing departments with projects planned for Year 7 and Year 8 between the departments.  During Year 7 students will work at a music tech project, British Culture, alongside the Computer department to enable students to tie their British Culture music compositions into powerpoint work on the same topic.  Also during Year 7 Music, Art and Drama will be studying aspects of the World and will create a carnival during the summer term, showing off Latin American performance work in Music, Mask work in Art and Acting/ Dance in Drama.

Impact: The Music Department receives excellent outcomes for Year 11, of which 84% Achieved Level 2 Pass or above in 2018, with 77% expected to achieve a Level 2 Pass or above in 2019.  Outcomes for the 2019 were 77% Level 2 Pass or above.  Four students achieving Distinction*, two of whom targeted merits. 

Students are exposed to a well-rounded Music curriculum with additional opportunities exposing students to the wider cultural landscape offered by the study of music.


Instruments taught

Days taught

Mr Chambers


French horn



Tenor horn



Mr Squires

Drum kit


Mrs Foster







Mrs Dalgliesh


Double bass





Mr Pitts

Acoustic guitar

Bass guitar

Electric guitar


All students are also invited to attend extra-curricular clubs which are on offer during lunchtimes each week, timetable below. 











BTEC catch up sessions (lead by Mrs Smith)


Practice rooms open to all years


Sign Language Choir

(lead by Mr Merrikin)


Practice rooms open to all years

KS3 Choir

(lead by Mrs Smith)


KS3 Rock Band

(lead by Mr Pitts)


Bano Jazz Band

(lead by Mrs Smith)

Practice rooms open to all years


If you would like further information on instrumental lessons or extra-curricular clubs, please contact Mrs Smith.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

All students will sit a baseline assessment test which will indicate any previous musical ability and knowledge so appropriate and achievable targets can be set.

  • Topic 1: Whole class mash up, learning trumpet and trombone.  This topic explores
  • Topic 2: Writing songs through the use of music technology.
  • Topic 3: Voiceworks
  • Topic 4: Rap Transition songs
  • Topic 5: Musicals
  • Topic 6: London Underground project

Year 8

  • Topic 1: Sound and Space
  • Topic 2: Reggae Music
  • Topic 3: Popular Music
  • Topic 4: Rock ‘n’ Roll





Year 9

In Year 9 students are encouraged to take part in a BTEC style curriculum which supports them in preparation for starting the BTEC course.  The course allows students to actively engage with music performance, composition and music technology to gain an insight into their later career choices.

Year 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 students are able to study Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music.  This enables students to participate in 5 teaching hours per fortnight.

Unit 1: The Music Industry

A written exam (1 hour) exam testing knowledge learnt about a range of different musical styles, genres and traditions based around the two BTEC Unit 1 Learning Aims.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Production

A coursework unit which is assessed through the planning, preparation, setup, delivery and evaluation of the Year 11 Gig.

Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound

A coursework unit which will be assessed through developing knowledge and understanding of PA Systems.  Students will demonstrate and understanding through written assignments and videoed setup tutorials.

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition

A coursework unit which will be assessed through the submission of 1 composition which has been developed from exploring different criteria in the Unit 4 Learning Aims.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

A coursework unit which will be assessed through 2 performances.  1 solo performance using the students first study instrument and 1 as part of an ensemble.

Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording

Students will learn to use the studio to record a multi-track recording and learn about different techniques to help you make professional judgements when using the studio.


Examination Support 

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Useful Websites 

Useful websites


BBC Music -

BTEC Qualifications -

Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Kids-

Lincoln Music and Drama Festival -

Lincolnshire Music Service -

Music Theory -

Naxos Music Library -

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Kids-

Trinity - ​​​​​​​