School Life


    Music is part of the Expressive Arts Faculty

    • Ms C Curling - Head of Expressive Arts
    • Mrs C Bowden - Head of Music 
    • Miss C Walshe  - Teacher of Music

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    Music Programmes of Study

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

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

    The music curriculum at Bishop Ramsey allows pupils 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

    Pupils receive one hour of music a week in year 7 & 8 which focuses on learning the fundamentals of music through performance. They perform a wide range of music as well as composing their own podcasts, film scores and songs using technology. Pupils use a range of instruments and are encouraged to bring their own instruments and devices to support their learning.

    In year 9, pupils will develop their individual composition skills, working on theory skills to support the transition to GCSE music. They will 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

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

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

    Key Stage 5

    At A level, pupils study the Eduqas (part of WJEC) course which allows them 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 pupils 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.

    Extra – Curricular Ensembles

    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 Cof E primary schools on a number of initiatives to encourage collective singing.  In 2022, they worked with world renown opera singer, Joyce DiDonato and 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

    If you'd like to discuss 1-1 lesson in more detail, please contact Mrs Bowden, Head of Music.