• At HCS, music is accessible to all, and we base our programme each year on the abilities and interests of the pupils we currently teach.

  • All Key Stage 3 pupils have a classroom-based music lesson each week.

  • Music lessons are practical and each lesson aims to include elements of performing, composing, and listening. Pupils may work individually and in groups of differing sizes, depending upon the task.

  • GCSE music and A level music and music technology are studied to the Edexcel specification. Pupils have a 100% pass rate, most earning grades A* - C, with a high level of ‘value added'.

  • Our department is resourced with a computer suite, keyboards, classroom percussion, several pianos, an organ and harpsichord, and a recently recording studio.

  • The music block has ample space with several practice rooms and performance areas.

  • We offer private tuition in most instruments and voice and pupils may choose to take graded examinations.

  • Current extra-curricular activities include orchestra, jazz band, a variety of choirs and vocal harmony groups, rock groups and a theory club. 

  • The department regularly puts on a large-scale musical production.

  • Past musical productions include:Honk!, Sweeney Todd, a tribute to Sgt Pepper and The Threepenny Opera.

  • In addition to frequent concerts, recitals, and events, a wide range of unusual performing opportunities occur each year and have included choral performances in Canterbury Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral, site-specific installations, and biennial performing arts trips to New York.

  • We offer trips both educational and entertaining which have in the past included visits to the musical productions of Wicked and Hairspray in London's West End.

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