Curriculum Intent

The intent of our music curriculum is to enable all students to experience a broad, creative, inspiring and challenging music education that is linked to our whole school curriculum, C.H.R.I.S.T values, KS3 National Curriculum & the needs of FE providers, employers and beyond. Our curriculum is intended to be a multi-faceted creative experience, enabling students to develop their musicianship in a multitude of ways. By building on performance, appreciation, composition and theoretical skills, we intend pupils to develop their own creativity and self-expression, with passion and confidence.

Our subject allows personal development through teamwork skills, resilience, appreciation for other cultures and identities, and self exploration. We intend for all learners, regardless of prior learning and barriers, to access a challenging curriculum that builds on their skills and knowledge through careful scaffolding, to prepare them to become musicians of the future, leading them into their next stage of their musical journey, through 6th Form, university & apprenticeships. Excellence in Music at Blue Coat would mean every student being confident and competent in using music as a creative medium for self-expression, equipping them with a tool to use throughout life, either for personal enjoyment or as a musician within society.

Teaching and Learning

In music we believe in delivering an ambitious yet highly inclusive curriculum to all. Our vision for Teaching & Learning is to ensure all students access the “full” curriculum and learn the breadth of content. 

Our staff have high expectations of all pupils and focus on embedding our 3Rs:  

  • Ready
  • Respectful
  • Responsible

All lessons focus on embedding the whole school Blue Coat approach:

  • Explaining and Modelling
  • Do & Practice
  • 4forAll Toolkit leading to inclusive practice:
    • Key words/Reading
    • Use of time
    • Chunk and check
    • Questioning
  • Appropriate verbal, written and visual feedback

Reading is an essential strategy within lessons. You will see staff applying the three reading strategies of:

How can parents help?

Revision games for KS3 students:

Music Tech Teacher, Music Quizzes, Games, Pianos, Worksheets

Online drum programming software to practise at home:

drumbit | Online drum machine

Chrome Lab Song Maker (year 7):

Chrome Music Lab – Song Maker (

Music – BBC Bitesize

GCSE Music Revision guide:   (corey could you add a screenshot of the book maybe?)

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Revision Guide – Revised Edition : Richards, Jan: Books  

A level Music revision guide:

Edexcel A Level Music Revision Guide: Various: 9781785581724: Books

A level Music Technology Revision guide:

Edexcel A Level Music Technology Revision Guide. : James Reevell: Books


  • Eduqas GCSE Music
  • Edexcel A level Music
  • Edexcel A level Music Technology

Enrichment & Experiences

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Year 7 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Autumn term
  • Christmas Concert
  • Carol Service
  • Spring Concert
  • Bi-annual school musical
  • Year 9 KS3 Musical Showcase
  • Worship music at Easter service
  • Glastonbluey Student and Staff Pop and Rock concert
  • A level Music recital
  • Monday tutor: Wind Band Mr Boxall M2, Folk Band Mrs Tarry M5
  • Tuesday tutor: Senior Band Mr Boxall M5
  • Wednesday Tutor: Music Technology Club M4, Mrs Hartlebury
  • Thursday tutor: Guitar group Mr Prior M5, School Choir M1 Mr Stannard,  Year 7 Worship Band Mrs Tarry M5
  • Friday tutor: School Choir M1 Mr Stannard

Recent/Upcoming trips include 

  • School Choir Cultural Cantata – Coventry Methodist Hall
  • 6th Form trip to the Musical Instrument Museum – London
  • 6th Form trip to Wenlock Edge
  • Jazz Band performance at Wolston Manor
  • Gospel Choir performance at Westminster Hall – London
  • Gospel Choir Performances – London
  • Discovering the classics – orchestral concert, Coventry Cathedral


2022 Results

  • GCSE – 85% Grades 9-4
  • A-Level – 82% A*-B
  • Music Department latest Progress 8 score: 0.82
  • A level Music:
  • A*-B – 70%
  • A*-C -100%


BIMM University – Music and Sound Production

Oxford University – Music

Cambridge University – Music

Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Holloway – Music

Leeds College of Music


University of Bristol – Music

Nexus Institue of Creative Arts

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – Music

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – Music

Chichester University – Music

University of York – Music

University of Surrey – Tonmeister Course