"The Music Department is an alternative universe, where pupils are often un-regognisable from who they are outside of it.
The shy become confident. The agitated become calm.
The lonely become included. The quiet bcome heard.
And the lost become found.
Music reveals the Child."
Vaughan Fleichfresser - 2021

The power of music – Ofsted “Model Music Curriculum” – March 2021

Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.

“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?"
Jane Swan

Welcome to the Music Department!

At Heathfield Community School students study a range of topics all built on the fundamentals of music; The musical elements. We aim to ensure every student becomes a well-rounded musician who can perform, compose and listen with accuracy, confidence and creativity.

Here is our curriculum map including all topics studied from Year 7 – 11:

Music Curriculum Map

Here you will find the full curriculum booklet used in music lessons for each year group at Key Stage 3:

Year 7 Curriculum Booklet
Year 8 Curriculum Booklet
Year 9 Curriculum Booklet

Key Stage 4

We run two different courses for students in Year 10 and 11; BTEC and GCSE. You can find more information about each course here:

Instrumental Lessons

Lots of students take part in individual instrumental lessons and most of these take place in school. The large team of instrumental staff cover woodwind, strings and brass instruments as well as percussion, piano, guitar and Singing. The lessons are delivered by the teachers throughout the week on a rota basis. The school organises the lessons but the arrangements for payment are between the individual teachers and the parents.

Extra-Curricular Activities

At Heathfield students can take part in a range of extra-curricular activities which take place in school either at lunchtime or after school:

Year 7 and 8 Singers:

Do you enjoying singing? Would you like to sing in a group?
We have a club just for you!
Year 7 and 8 singers learn a range of songs in different styles from Musical theatre to Rock. We work on developing our singing technique and share our love of music.

Senior Choir:

If you enjoy singing join us in the TMU on a Monday for Senior Choir. Singing a range of Music from different genres.

Percussion Group:

How do I join?

If you love percussion and drumming - join the percussion group. They meet every week with our Drum teacher and play some world beats. Great fun and excellent if you normally play the drum kit on your own!

String Group:

Is this for me?
If you play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass) this this is the club for you.
It is open to anyone of any ability and we will provide all the music. You just need to turn up and play!
We will help you, if you feel nervous about joining us - speak to your music teacher!


Anyone can join the orchestra no matter your ability! We are a super lovely supportive bunch who want to help you develop your musical skill and confidence by playing with other students from all year groups. We work on music from all genres and you get to help choose what we play - bring your instrument along and join in!

Music Tech Club:

Who is this club for? Any student studying Music at KS4 both BTEC and GCSE are encouraged to use the Music Tech Club to continue work - start new projects and develop their skills. You are welcome to turn up whenever you want - no need to book and group work is also welcome! You can use all our equipment no need to bring your own. KS3 students will be invited - or let the Music staff know you are interested!

Musician in residence:

Who is this for? Any student who wants to form a band with their friends can book a music practice room at lunch. Use this room to develop your skills and practice songs. You can use all of our equipment or bring you own instruments! If you would like to book a practice room – talk to your music teacher!

Curriculum Staff
Sarah-Jane Hall Head of Music
Siân Bowen Teacher
Kerry Watkins Teacher
Louise Toller Technician
Instrumental/Voice teachers
Glyn Bowen Brass Teacher
New Woodwind Teacher Starting in September 2022 Woodwind Teacher
Jean Broadbent Piano Teacher
Rachel Robinson Piano Teacher
Giles Hicks Percussion Teacher
Joe Beckhelling Guitar and Bass Teacher
Stephen Holman Voice Teacher
Belinda Bale Strings Teacher


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