An 11-16 Academy
An appreciative audience of family and friends packed the main hall on Thursday 28th June for our annual summer concert. The evening opened with a polished performance of the iconic James Bond film theme 'Goldfinger' by the school's orchestra. Assured performances came from a number of talented soloists, including Josie Palmer on tenor horn, Jessica McInnes on cornet, Heidi Bevan on piano and vocalist Annalise Rolfe. Gifted Year 11 musician Lee Chilvers demonstrated his maturity not…Continue
Posted on July 20, 2018 at 20:00
Many congratulations to Elsie Franklin in Year 7, who has passed her Grade 2 pianoforte examination with distinction. As well as being a talented pianist and flautist, Elsie is also a committed member of both the choir and orchestra. Well done.
Posted on July 11, 2018 at 12:15
On Tuesday 3rd July, the music department at Stradbroke High School welcomed over sixty excited and enthusiastic Year 5 pupils from our feeder primary schools to our annual music morning. The vast majority brought the musical instruments that they are learning at primary school in order to take a full and active part in the day.
A varied range of workshops allowed all pupils to experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of music. These sessions consisted of brass/woodwind/percussion…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2018 at 20:00
Stradbroke High School has been awarded an ISM Bronze Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians for recognition of the excellent work that it does for music in the school. This result is based on the fact that more than 10% of the GCSE Key Stage 4 cohort in 2017 took and achieved an A* - C in music. This puts Stradbroke in the top 526 schools across England.
Posted on May 12, 2018 at 16:30
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 (A*-C %)