🎵 are looking for a strings teacher on Thursdays 8.30-4.30 and Friday 8.00-3.30. £30 per hour. 🎻 For more information visit


Members of our Academy Orchestra enjoying and being challenged by a day of improvising at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Thanks for organising


Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Thank you also to the music staff for getting your students out to this at such a busy time of year! This is music 🥇🤩! We can’t wait to hear some concert excerpts 🥳.


Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Thank you also to the music staff for getting your students out to this at such a busy time of year! This is music 🥇🤩! We can’t wait to hear some concert excerpts 🥳.


We thought you'd like to see some drawings by our talented Year 7 artists. Lots more to enjoy at


HAP students watch Brentford versus Liverpool at Brentford Football Club


More wonderful photos from the Year 7 residential at


Year 7 had a fantastic time at in the New Forest


Continued success for 3 of our Basketball teams who have progressed onto the Playoffs of the National Schools Basketball League.


Year 10 have been working on a project on the theme of ‘Distorted Portraits.’ They studied the work of artist Henrietta Harris, creating transcriptions of her distorted portraits, and then created their own new and original compositions. More at


Toni-Ann and Solonique took part in the Drama Festival this month and were simply amazing, with Toni-Ann winning Star Performer of the event. "They delivered an incredibly powerful, moving piece of theatre that wouldn’t have looked amiss on a professional stage."


⚽️ FREE GIRLS FOOTBALL SESSIONS ⚽️We are pleased to announce that our wildcats and squad girls sessions are coming together on one night.🗓️ Every Monday from 22nd AprilScan the QR code or follow the link below to register.


Year 5 students from joined our Year 7 cohort for a wonderful presentation by author Her fantasy book “Paper Dragons: The Fight for the Hidden Realm” is inspired by Chinese folklore and features magic, dragon boats and paper cuts.


Year 7 Kings Scholars discover University


Year 4 Kung Fu workshop to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year


Year 5 are really enjoying their 1:1 Mandarin sessions!


Year 5 are really enjoying their 1:1 Mandarin sessions!


Our Year 9 Boys Basketball Team won their most recent match 56-33. Well done boys!!!


Congratulations to our Year 8 and 9 Girls Basketball Team who are competing in the U16 Harris Cup.


Our students from years 7-9 really enjoyed 's pantomime Beauty and the Beast recently, which they attended as a rewards trip. A massive thank you to all staff who supported the trip!

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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.


Music Curriculum Overview 21st Nov 2023 Download