MusicSubject Overview

Music is a compulsory subject in years 7 and 8. Students study a range of modules which give them a variety of opportunities to refine and improve their skills in the 3 core areas of music: performance, composition and listening/appraising. Students use a variety of instruments and music technology to aid in their learning. All students participate enthusiastically in lessons.

Music is offered as an optional subject and GCSE and A level using EDEXCEL for the exam board. For further details please refer to the programmes of study.


We run a number of concerts and events throughout the year where our huge range of ensembles perform. The extracurricular groups on offer include:

  • Soul Band
  • Rock Band
  • Concert Band
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Jazz band
  • String Orchestra
  • Steel Pans
  • Junior Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Theory Club

The department is also regularly involved in large musical projects outside of school which have involved us performing at both the Albert Hall and the Camden Roundhouse in recent years. Our current project is with the BBC singers along with a number of other high schools in the Harrow area.


We have two large teaching rooms in the department as well as 4 practice rooms which are used by our army of visiting instrumental teachers. In the department there enough specialist music computers for whole class using Sibelius, Sequel and Cubase software packages.

Faculty Contacts

Staff Name Role Email Address
Mrs H Firth Head of Arts Faculty (Maternity Leave)
Mr A Cottle Head of Department
Mrs K Shelley Teacher
Mr C McClean Arts technical support