Year 7 King's Scholars and the King's Ambassadors


From the Exam Hall to rooftops with Ms Hall! Congratulations to the Class of 2022; after their last GCSE exam the Norton Rose Fulbright mentees took a workplace visit to the firms' riverside office to present their career aspirations. Thanks for hosting us


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Congratulations to Yasin, Year 7 for being a winner of the MFL LinguaChef competition


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🙌🏾On we're celebrating the amazing young musicians behind Multi-Story! 🎼 Here they are devising a brand new banger for The Endz 🤩🔥 This show is once-in-a-lifetime. Don't miss out! July 7 + 8, in partnership with


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Wonderful to be asked to judge students from who were asked to create project based solutions to climate issues. Welldone for the Prospering Peckham program aimed at creating ‘green leaders’ and inspire students for STEM careers 👏🏽👏🏽


Congratulations to all the Year 9 and 10 performers who took part in the fantastic 'These are Rituals' performance!


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Fabulous families of Peckham! The amazing is generously collecting any books your children have grown out of on our behalf. Pop in & drop off your pre-loved books or simply for a chat & a browse - they are booksellers & therefore fabulous!


Principal's breakfast winners! Poets, writers and scholars! Congratulations!


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What a brilliant opportunity


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All levels of experience are welcome in our free online Yoga group running every Wednesday. Learn the gentle practice of Yin yoga with guided meditations at the end of each session. Book now:


Science students building a greenhouse


Year 10 students investigating insulation with different materials


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Southwark Festival of Words returns from 18 - 26 June celebrating poetry, literature, story-telling, spoken word and much, much more


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Audition for Scroogelicious: our Christmas production for 2022, Peckham's take on A Christmas Carol! for 7-17 yr olds will take place at Theatre Peckham in groups where auditionees will be required to act, sing and dance. Sign up here:


Excellent historical knowledge on the impact of the printing press on the authority of the Church used by Year 10 Favour in her English work, taken from her GCSE studies of the History of Medicine. An amazing cross-curricular moment!


Year 8 students took part in an Able Linguist workshop with Southampton university. They learned a lot and designed their own wearable technology products - all in French!


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Are you a Spanish or Portuguese Speaker looking to improve your English? At 's Conversation Café you can enjoy an informal chat, learn about your community and get support with some life admin. Join us at 11am every Saturday from 11 June:


Principal's breakfast superstars at Harris Academy Peckham! Congratulations to you all!


Some of HAP’s beautiful smiling boys. Our Year 9 and 10 boys thoroughly enjoyed working with on the brilliant S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project

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“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” Plato

The vision for the music curriculum 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.

In order to build confidence and perseverance, students are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and are provided with numerous and varying performance platforms. The curriculum is designed to challenge the students both creatively and theoretically, and each unit shows progression to ensure prior knowledge is embedded and developed.

To complement the curriculum, we offer a large variety of enrichment opportunities and outreach activities with our professional partners. From September 2019, we will be working with Music in Secondary School’s Trust to deliver instrumental tuition to all Year 7 students.

We also have an Academy Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Academy Choir, Steel Pan Band, Jazz Band and String, woodwind, brass, guitar and percussion ensembles. Access to instrumental lessons are free. Our students regularly perform both in and outside of the Academy, and we have a fantastic reputation for producing inspiring and high-quality performances.

The ultimate aim of the music curriculum is to create well-rounded, confident and aspirational students. For those students that then develop an aptitude for music, the curriculum supports their preparation for further study at colleges and several of our students pursue music beyond GCSE study.

Curriculum design

There are three main components to the music curriculum: Performing, Composing and Appraising. These are introduced in KS3 and are developed into KS4 and KS5.

The following musical elements underpin each of the three components of music and schemes of learning will develop these elements holistically to create an effective and coherent curriculum.

  • Melody
  • Articulation
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Structure
  • Harmony
  • Instrumentation and sonority
  • Rhythm
  • Texture
  • Tonality
  • Style 


Schemes of learning

The three strands of music and musical elements are embedded throughout the curriculum and can be viewed on our Academy website. All units of work are progressive and ensure mastery at each level. Each unit is centred around a practical piece of work that is supported by theoretical and appraising knowledge. Students are encouraged to be creative and original in their responses to stimuli.

All students in Year 7 are part of the MiSST instrumental scheme and are each given an instrument to learn through whole class teaching. This compliments the HAP curriculum. Homework is set on a regular basis and encourages an independent attitude to learning.


The extra-curricular provision interweaves with the curriculum to ensure the three strands of music are embedded and developed to a high level. We have a vibrant and varied provision, with numerous high-profile performance opportunities regularly available to the students.

Our ensembles include:

  • Academy Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Chamber Choir
  • Academy Choir
  • String, woodwind, brass, guitar and percussion ensembles
  • Steel Pan Band

Teaching and professional development

All of the music team are subject specialists and provide quality first teaching at all times. Teachers have the opportunity to receive high quality professional development through Federation inset days, strand meetings, SharePoint resources, and regular moderation opportunities.


The musical elements provide the language for learning for the Music Curriculum and are introduced in KS3 and developed at KS4.

Student groupings

Music classes are mixed ability. Ensemble work is an integral element of Music and consideration should be given to groupings to ensure all students have the ability to make progress.


Due to the vision and content of the Music curriculum, it is important that we consider both qualitative and quantitative measures of impact. The impact is explicit through the outstanding exam and assessment results but is also evident through the ethos of the Academy.

Student engagement

A good indicator of successful implementation of the Music curriculum is the way the students value the subject. This can be evident in;

  • Students demonstrating a development in confidence and self-esteem
  • Student ability to perform outside of their comfort zone
  • Participation in music activities outside of the classroom and beyond the Federation
  • Students participating regularly in music enrichment activities
  • Positive Student voice
  • Uptake of students opting to study a Music based qualification at KS4

Assessment (formative and summative)

  • Teachers use formative assessment and verbal feedback during the lesson to ensure all students are developing and making progress.
  • Each Academy will have their own assessment policy and summative assessment will follow this structure. There is a federation end of year assessment available to support Music teachers, if required.
  • Assessments will be a combination of practical and written work

Attainment and progress

  • GCSE Results are always above the National average for Progress 8.
  • Following Academy assessments, data is sent centrally.
  • Data is analysed, and intervention is implemented accordingly to ensure that students are making expected progress


All students that study Music at KS3 should have developed transferable skills that will equip them for further study and the world of work. Study at KS4 will ensure students have the fundamental skills to study Music at a higher level, through university, Music conservatoires or pursue a career in the profession.

Further details of the curriculum can be downloaded below.


Music Curriculum Overview 02nd Dec 2019 Download