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19/06/24

We look forward to seeing you at one of our open events for prospective Year 7 students pic.twitter.com/C3ytaEQR78

19/06/24

We look forward to seeing you at one of our open events for prospective Year 7 students pic.twitter.com/qMlt8j8Wws

19/06/24

Congratulations to our Year 9 Kings Scholars pic.twitter.com/JKB7oalIeG

10/06/24

Congratulations to Mr Tate who was nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party by the Jamaican High Commission in recognition of his work in education both in Jamaica and the UK pic.twitter.com/moTbEsd57Q

04/06/24

Year 10 artists took part in a clay workshop with local artist Tabitha Weddell, where they created ceramic pieces to expand their portfolios. pic.twitter.com/RtwQDQpopH

20/05/24

Calling all secondary schools! Get your Year 7 and 8 excited about reading for pleasure. With a list of 16 fantastic titles to choose from, every student will find something they love whatever their interest or ability. 📚Discover the book selection:

18/05/24

Great start to our annual Governor Conference, choir. pic.twitter.com/cy8D0hgYEX

16/05/24

Year 8 Kings Scholars at their subject teaser sessions where they supercharge their learning through metacognition and also learnt about the various branches of subjects pic.twitter.com/ulOAdJPU5x

15/05/24

Need help to study at university in your choice of courses? Apply before 31 May 2024 for a Southwark Scholarship https://t.co/1N4YRbzwSU pic.twitter.com/e4LjEQ1zfx

15/05/24

We’re super excited to announce our full programme of summer courses for 2024 😎From directing to musical theatre and stage combat , head on over to our website to see what’s on 👉 https://t.co/1hXt6NhjLw pic.twitter.com/366LKorsJj

13/05/24

More fantastic drawing competition entries pic.twitter.com/EhlUHmkvU5

13/05/24

After visiting Year 7 students took part in a drawing competition. pic.twitter.com/oIWR3leo9D

13/05/24

Thinking about going to university but worried about the tuition fees? The Southwark Scholarship Scheme has helped over 130 young people to pursue their chosen university course. Applications are now open - apply before 31 May 2024 https://t.co/xqt5EhGU0O pic.twitter.com/SYQo9TLklS

12/05/24

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD_Today is the last day to make your voice heard in our Youth Insight Survey! 📆Are you aged between 13-25?📌Do you live in the UK?Regardless of your social action or political experience, we want to hear from you! https://t.co/UCr5chjzy3 pic.twitter.com/CEQ4JBEK5G

09/05/24

The Year 9 team went all the way and won the Cup beating Harris Crystal Palace 77-55 after a strong performance from everyone. pic.twitter.com/NTzrQHk0Qz

08/05/24

This Saturday we pay final respects to our Richard Taylor OBE with a service to commemorate his life & legacy at We are grateful to Reverend and are humbled that & voices will fill the cathedral with love pic.twitter.com/q3PMWRfVme

08/05/24

Have you got an idea for 2024? Grant applications are now open - apply by 7 June for funding to support community celebrations in Southwark this October https://t.co/14fijcSLMa pic.twitter.com/TUzbU47ggL

02/05/24

Year 10 football team educational and inspirational visit to training ground. They experienced a tour plus watched an under 21s training session which allowed them to see the requirements needed at that level. This was followed by a Q&A session. pic.twitter.com/kjaMsPRq7m

24/04/24

HAP students loved being able to perform at the iconic Camden Roundhouse yesterday … not only the opportunity to perform but to be able to do so with students from so many other schools. Thank you !! pic.twitter.com/SAA94io7VC

15/04/24

We're excited to welcome you to visit one of our outstanding placement schools on Saturday, 20th April 10-2pm. If you're interested in , come & meet our super team, in ! Register:https://t.co/QBSJrENMe4… pic.twitter.com/o8gSrWHPZE

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Music

The vision of the Music Department is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to express and empower themselves through a vibrant, extensive, and inspiring music curriculum that explores our rich musical tradition.

The curriculum is designed to challenge students to become both creative and theoretical critical thinkers, and each unit shows progression to ensure knowledge obtained is embedded and developed.

In order to communicate as musicians, and ultimately access the GCSE Music Appraising exam, disciplinary literacy is at the heart of all of our lessons. The key concepts of the ‘musical elements’ are embedded throughout the entire curriculum. Scaffolding and bespoke support is provided to ensure our SEND students can recall and retain the often complex language of music.

IMG 032Our home learning policy also supports the learning and application of musical language. We use a wide variety of music to teach the different music elements and support our students to be global citizens through exposure to a wide repertoire.

In order to build confidence and perseverance, all students in Years 7-9 are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (through our partnership with MiSST) and are provided with numerous and varying performance platforms.

Students are supported to develop mastery knowledge of their instrument through High Quality teaching and intervention support. Our SEND students typically make exceptional progress with their instrument learning and additional resources and intervention is put in place for any student that needs additional support with a particular aspect of instrumental playing.

Bespoke interventions are in place for students with EAL and SEND needs. Translations of Powerpoint slides, translated glossaries of subject-specific vocabulary and subtitled Powerpoints in lessons are provided for students with English as an Additional Language in order to help scaffold and support their learning.

Interventions for SEND students are developed for each individual learner depending on their needs. Teachers within the Department have worked with the Academy Speech and Language Therapist to pre-teach key words and concepts to help learners more access points to subject-specific language and glossaries of key concepts and terms are provided to help scaffold learning. For students that struggle to access traditional Western notation while playing instruments, the Figurenotes method of notation – which uses colour and shape - has been used successfully for students learning both violin and piano.

IMG 036To complement the curriculum, we offer a large variety of enrichment opportunities and outreach activities with our professional partners. We have one musical LEAP Day per year group for Years 7-9 where all students in a year group come together to rehearse and perform a piece as an orchestra. This ensures all students are able to experience the aspiration and perseverance needed to perform in a large ensemble.

We also have an Academy Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Academy Choir, Steel Pan Band, Jazz Band and String, woodwind, brass, guitar and percussion ensembles that rehearse each week and perform at Academy events and events in the community. We do offer additional instrumental lesson for students that would benefit from this additional provision.  Access to instrumental lessons is free and students are selected to receive lessons for a number of reasons including demonstrating a particular aptitude for music, SEND needs that could be supported with music intervention or and positive intervention for students that may need this.

The ultimate aim of the music curriculum is to create well-rounded, confident and aspirational students. We aim to create lifelong learners and the curriculum and enrichment opportunities supports students to understand the creative and theoretical benefits of studying music. We support students that are showing a deep level of aptitude for music to apply for junior conservatoires and seek additional opportunities for them with our partner organisations. Many students continue their musical studies beyond GCSE level, and we support their preparation for further study at colleges and sixth form centres. 

Taught well, music education changes lives.”


Further details of the curriculum can be downloaded below.

Documents

Music Curriculum Overview 21st Nov 2023 Download