Head of Subject:  Mrs K Ashwood:

How Music at Huntcliff School prepares students for life in modern Britain.


Music at Huntcliff aims to improve all students’ creative, teamwork and independent learning skills. We learn to listen effectively, perform confidently and competently and compose and create music which communicates our musical ideas.



The curriculum at Key Stage 3 looks to develop the key skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising by investigating a wide range of genres of music. Students will perform their own compositions, work both individually and as part of a group and develop a wider appreciation of music from a variety of countries and cultures through listening actively to music and learning how to identify the key features. Current areas of study include Programme Music, Film Music, Composing a Song, Ensemble Performance, Blues Music and Minimalism.


Students follow the OCR GCSE Music syllabus, which combines the skills of listening, performing, composing and appraising which are studied throughout Key Stage 3. There are five ‘Areas of Study’ which look at My Music, The Concerto Through Time, Rhythms of the World, Film Music and Conventions of Pop.

Students complete two coursework assessments which include elements of performing, composing and appraising and a listening examination at the end of Year 11 which test knowledge and understanding of the different areas of study.  The coursework accounts for 60% of the final GCSE grade.  The exam accounts for 40%.


Mrs Ashwood – Subject Leader

Mrs Hartley – Deputy Head and teacher of music

Teaching Area

There is one large teaching room dedicated to music, along with two  large practice rooms which are used during lessons for small group work and for visiting instrumental teachers.


Staff within the department make full use of the interactive whiteboard, there are two computers situated in the Music Room which have subject-specific software installed. We are using school I-Pads to enable students to explore a wider range of musical expression. Keyboards are used widely and we are further developing the use of acoustic and electric guitars within lessons. Students are also encouraged to bring their own instruments into school for use during learning time or at lunchtime. We have a team of peripatetic instrumental teachers who visit the school on a weekly basis and provide additional instrumental tuition to students at a subsidised rate. Lessons are currently offered on Trumpet, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Drums, Voice and Piano.

Extra Curricular
(*days subject to change, please check with Mrs Ashwood)

The school choir, Harmony, rehearses every * Wednesday breaktime  in the Music Room.

Students are welcome to use the facilities during break and lunchtime by prior arrangement and are encouraged to further develop their practical skills in this way.

The music department produces a Christmas and also a Summer Concert.


GCSE Music results are consistently good,with 33% of pupils achieving 7-9 in 2018. Students are also entered for instrumental music exams by their visiting peripatetic teachers.



(Jan 2019)