An 11-16 Academy
A capacity audience packed the main hall of Stradbroke High School on the 4th of December for our annual Christmas concert. A beautiful blend of both music and poetry helped to set just the right tone for the beginning of the festive season. This year, a variety of soloists were joined by smaller groups, as well as the brass ensemble, orchestra, choir and amplifier groups.
Expressive solos from Annalise Rolfe and Spencer Kent, as well as a sensitive brass duet from Jessica…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2018 at 15:00
Many congratulations to both Jessica McInnes (Year 9) and Josie Palmer (Year 8) who have been awarded places in two of the prestigious county music ensembles. Josie auditioned and gained a place in the Suffolk Youth Orchestra to play French Horn, and Jessica auditioned on Cornet and was awarded a place in the Suffolk Wind Ensemble. This is a brilliant achievement, and we are proud of you both.
Posted on November 14, 2018 at 19:50
Many congratulations to Morgan Roper in Year 11, for achieving a fantastic distinction in his recent Grade 4 Saxophone examination.
It proves that hard work, enthusiasm and tenacity pays off. Well done.
Posted on November 8, 2018 at 19:46
Many congratulations to Josie Palmer in Year 8, for being awarded a coveted place in the Suffolk Youth Orchestra. Josie passed her Grade 5 Tenor Horn exam with distinction this year, and looks forward to playing French Horn in our county orchestra. This is a superb achievement and is totally deserved. Well done.
Mr J. Williams
Head of Music.
Posted on November 8, 2018 at 19:30
The music department at Stradbroke is a vibrant and lively place, housed in a new suite of rooms. Students develop their skills and knowledge through performing, composing and listening. Our students make outstanding progress and enjoy music making through active participation and cooperation.
All students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 have a one hundred minute music lesson over a two week period. They can then go on and opt to take the subject at Key Stage 4. Here, G.C.S.E students follow the OCR music specification. Results in G.C.S.E music are consistently excellent.
Students keen to learn a musical instrument at Stradbroke are encouraged to do so, and as Head of Music I am fortunate to work with a talented team of peripatetic music tutors. We offer tuition on woodwind, strings and brass, as well as guitar, voice, piano and drums. In addition, the ‘Amplifier Project’ offers students the chance to develop their composition skills. Over 25% of pupils at Stradbroke learn a musical instrument in school. This is well above the national average.
The department offers a wealth of extra curricular clubs and enrichment activities, which currently include a choir, brass ensemble, samba group, woodwind ensemble as well as an orchestra. In addition to a termly concert and informal performance evenings in school, we hold an annual Christmas Carol Service out in the community, visiting a different church in our catchment area each year. Students can also showcase their skills in music, drama and dance during the bi-annual full school production. Previous shows have included: 'The Sound of Music', 'Joseph', 'Shake, Ripple and Roll', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Oliver' and 'Annie' to name but a few.
Music Department Staff
Head of Music Mr J. Williams BA (Hons), MEd (Cantab), LGSM, LTCL.
Brass Mrs R. Ryan GGSM, PGCE.
Drums Mr P. Davies
Guitar Mr J. Buck LLCM (TD).
Piano/Voice Miss C. Haward BMus (Hons), MA.
Strings Mr C. Slatter BA (Hons).
Woodwind Mrs C. Evans BA (Hons).
Amplifier Group Mr M. Shepherd
At Key Stage 3, half termly modules of study allow all pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve their very best in performance, composition and listening/appraising. Modules include:
Pulse and rhythm
Note lengths and keeping time (Marches and Waltzes)
Pitch and melody writing
The elements of music
Combining and developing melodies
Chords and harmony
World music: China, Indonesia and Africa.
Blues and Rock 'n' Roll
Music and advertising
Film and programmatic music.
At Key Stage 4, pupils study for the OCR G.C.S.E music qualification. The relevant skills, knowledge and understanding is taught through five areas of study. These include:
AoS1- My Music
AoS2- The Concerto Through Time
AoS3- Rhythms of the World
AoS4- Film Music
AoS5- Conventions of Pop
Practical coursework consists of an 'Integrated Portfolio', where students have to complete a solo performance and create a composition in a style of their choice, and a 'Practical Component', where they have to complete an ensemble performance and create a composition based on a brief set by OCR. Listening and appraising skills are assessed by a formal written exam at the end of the two years.
G.C.S.E Music Results (9-4%)
G.C.S.E Music Results (A*-C %)