"Music is an enriching and valuable academic subject. Research evidence shows that a quality music education can improve self-confidence, behavior and social skills, as well as improve academic attainment in areas such as numeracy, literacy and language."  Department for Education, 2012

Music, a foundation subject in the National Curriculum, is taught to all students in Stage not Age groups at Key Stage 3. Students learn about musical traditions styles and genres from around the world and through time. The approach to teaching is one which encourages thinking and playing together and fosters musicianship and creativity.

In years 7 & 8, all pupils have 50 minutes of music each week in the timetable. They have access to a large range of instruments and the projects covered consist mainly of practical music making tasks.

Through year 7 we build on previous learning so that students can use our comprehensive range of equipment with confidence.

In year 8 we look at genres styles and traditions in greater depth.

Enrichment: There is a lunchtime music club. Students can come to the music room to practice and perform together. Extra tuition in keyboard guitar and ukulele is offered at lunchtimes and after school.

Every effort is made to enable our young musicians to extend their musical lives by working alongside the local music service and other providers.

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  • When I left Beacon Hill I had a career path in mind; I wanted to teach. This was down to 5 brilliant years at the school. I was inspired by my teachers who encouraged and supported me to believe in myself and my abilities.
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  • Progress is tracked effectively and extra help given quickly to students who need it.
  • The school has developed a really positive culture for learning, as a result of high expectations of both staff and pupils.
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  • The curriculum meets the needs of individual students particularly well [providing] a balance of academic and vocational courses for students to study at GCSE.
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
  • Evidence from pupil interviews, work scrutinies and HMI visit indicates that the Stage not Age curriculum is impacting positively on the quality of learning in the school.
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  • Students benefit from a very wide range of activities which enrich the curriculum… a wealth of field trips, sporting activities and drama productions
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students’ individual needs.