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“I felt I had to write to you as I wanted you to know how magnificent your students were today. Not only the soloist but the whole choir sang the song with such quiet dignity and concentrated power. The performance had an incredible humanity about it. You would have been (and are, I am sure) so proud of them and the way they carried themselves.” Patrick Bailey, international conductor, composer and presenter.

Department Staff and Responsibilities 

Mrs J. Madden – T&L Leader of Expressive Arts Faculty

Mrs S. Stafford – T&L Coordinator Music

Linked Governor – D Ligget

Instrumental teachers

Voice and Piano – Anna Corcoran

Drums, Piano and Percussion – Seb Caddick

Guitar – Luke Keigher

Woodwind – Niamh Boland

The Music GCSE qualification consists of 60% coursework and 40% final exam. The coursework requirement is broken down into performances on an instrument of the student’s choice worth 30% of the grade, and composition work, again worth 30% of the grade. Students receive excellent, personalised support to help them achieve outstanding grades in GCSE Music.

How you can support your child to achieve their best result in GCSE Music;

Remind and encourage your child to practise their instrument as often as possible, ideally every evening.

Remind your child to attend at least one extra-curricular club in music as these help develop vital skills for success at GCSE. All GCSE students are expected to be involved in extra-curricular activities in the department. Encourage your child to keep on top of their homework and complete this in a timely manner and to a high standard.

Our Vision: Every Child A Musician

We aim to instil a love of music in our students and we do this through our robust curriculum plan which balances the study of practical musicianship with the understanding of theoretical concepts. We want our students to be knowledgeable in music theory, creative in composition tasks and confident in performance. We encourage our students to listen to a wide range of genres from different times and cultures as well as music which is more relevant to them. Termly projects include Instruments of the Orchestra, Blues Music and Music Technology. We have high expectations and standards in the music department which we consistently uphold so that all students fulfilled their potential in their curriculum lessons.

In years 7, 8 and 9 students receive a one-hour curriculum music lesson once a week. Throughout KS4, students receive five lessons every fortnight.

GCSE Music

The music department at Bedford High School consistently achieves GCSE results 2 grades above national average. Our students often achieve their best result in Music at KS4.

We deliver the Eduqas GCSE Music course at KS4 and offer an additional vocational music course when there is demand for this option.  

The Music GCSE qualification consists of 60% coursework and 40% final exam. The coursework requirement is broken down into performances on an instrument of the student’s choice (including voice) worth 30% of the grade, and composition work, creating two original pieces of music, again worth 30% of the grade. Students receive excellent, personalised support to help them achieve outstanding grades in GCSE Music.

How to support your child to achieve their best result in GCSE Music;

Remind and encourage your child to practise their instrument as often as possible, ideally every evening.

Remind your child to attend at least one extra-curricular club in music as these help develop vital skills for success at GCSE. We expect all GCSE Music students to be involved in extra-curricular activities in the department.

Encourage your child to keep on top of their homework and complete this in a timely manner and to a high standard.

Instrumental Tuition

Along with classroom Music teaching, the instrumental teaching service is well established at Bedford High School, with over 100 players learning, from beginners through to advanced players in the Upper Grades.

We are very proud of our Instrumental Teachers at Bedford, who carry out the tuition with great enthusiasm and commitment. All teachers are highly qualified and experienced in instrumental tuition. Students are encouraged to take grade examinations when appropriate. The teaching service is supported by a full range of extra-curricular including and we expect students to join these as soon as possible.

All students participating in instrumental lessons will also be given the chance to complete exams in their chosen instrument. These exams are accredited, professional qualifications that have valuable UCAS point equivalence and can often give students an advantage when applying for university. Our instrumental students are also given first refusal for our many educational trips and tickets for our departmental shows.

If you have any further questions regarding Music Provision at Bedford High School, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Stafford at s.stafford@bedford.wigan.sch.uk.