Head of Subject: Miss E Lanney
In Year 7, 8 and 9 students are taught Music for one hour per week in mixed ability classes.  Two assessments, one written and one practical, are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each topic. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students, and they will strive to improve upon this.
At Key Stage 4, Music is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option for 3 hours a week. They follow the AQA Specification (8271). They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. Feedback has the GCSE criteria as focus for discussion, to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.
Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:
  • Perform with technical control, expression and interpretation
  • Compose and develop musical ideas with technical control and coherence
  • Demonstrate and apply musical knowledge
  • Use appraising skills to make evaluative and critical judgements about music

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:
  • Interventions
GCSE Music Interventions work on an ‘open-door’ policy – pupils can come at any time on  Wednesdays and Thursdays to catch up on coursework, have 1-1 tuition on a topic or to record their performances.
  • Revision sessions
GCSE Music revision session occur during the Easter holidays and every night after school (after Coursework submissions), leading up to Unit 1 written exam.  Students will also have a fortnightly Thursday revision session after-school.
  • Homework support
Homework support is available for all pupils every lunch time or after school. Pupils will need a pass to see the teachers for help.
Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications
The specification code for GCSE Music is 8271
Performance (One solo – 15%, one ensemble – 15%)
Composition (One free – 15%, one to a brief – 15%)
Exam (90 minutes – 40%)

Teaching Staff

Miss E Lanney Head of Faculty
Miss N Cowley Teacher of Music/ Drama