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Music allows students to develop their confidence through performance, to express themselves and be creative. The Music Department has opportunities for all students and abilities.

At Bishop Ramsey, music plays an integral role in the life of the school within worship, performances and lessons. Students are given the opportunity to perform regularly and to explore a wide range of music.

The music curriculum at Bishop Ramsey allows students the opportunity to learn about new styles of music as well as music that interests them. They will develop a love for a wide range of music and work together to perform a wide variety of music.

Key Stage 3

All students receive one hour of music a week in Key Stage 3 which focuses on learning the fundamentals of music through performance. They perform a wide range of music as well as composing their own radio shows, film scores and songs using technology. Students use a range of instruments and are encouraged to bring their own instruments and devices to support their learning. Students work in groups to perform a wide range of music as well as learn about how the music industry operates and the different roles within it.

Key Stage 4

Eduqas C660QS

At GCSE, students study the Eduqas course which consists of a listening exam (40%) and coursework comprising of two compositions (30%) and two performances (30%).

GCSE students are expected to take part in the many extra-curricular ensembles and perform in concerts to support their performing skills.


Key Stage 5

Eduqas A660QS

This course enables students to choose their pathway to specialise in either performance or composition. They sit a listening exam at the end of the course which is 40% of the overall grade.

A level students are expected to take a leading role in the many extra-curricular ensembles, leading ensembles for younger students and to perform regularly in concerts both within school and the wider community.



The Music Department offers a wide range of instrumental groups and choirs for all ages and abilities. These rehearse weekly for concerts and events. We are always looking to introduce more ensembles to suit the interests of the students.

The school orchestra is open to all instrumentalists regardless of experience or age. We want to develop this ensemble to allow all our musicians to develop.  The Jazz Band has a reputation locally and is often booked out for not only internal events, but to play at local primary school fairs.

The Canterbury Choir plays a significant role in the school for worship and works with Hillingdon C of E primary schools on several initiatives to encourage collective singing.  Recently they worked with world renowned opera singer, Joyce DiDonato performing at the Barbican Centre and also released a single with her.  Auditions take place for this choir throughout the year. 

Instrumental Lessons

Individual instrumental lessons are offered through the Hillingdon Music Hub and take place during the school day. The Hub provides financial assistance for low-income families and all the information can be found at

Learn a new instrument - Hillingdon Council

Subject Documents Date  
Music Learning Journey 06th Jun 2023 Download
Year 7 Music PoS 02nd Oct 2023 Download
Year 8 Music PoS 02nd Oct 2023 Download
Year 9 Music PoS 02nd Oct 2023 Download
Year 10 Music PoS 02nd Oct 2023 Download
Year 11 Music PoS 02nd Oct 2023 Download
Year 12 Music PoS 02nd Oct 2023 Download
Year 13 Music PoS 02nd Oct 2023 Download