Department Staff

Mr P.  Norman (Head of Music)

Mr B. Hopkins

Peripatetic Staff

Mr A. Clarke (Drum Teacher)

Mr S. Clift (Piano Teacher)

Mr B.  Greenaway (Drum Teacher)

Mrs C.  Hiscock (Strings Teacher)

Mr D.  Mascall (Guitar / Bass Teacher)

Mrs V.  O'Keeffe (Singing Teacher)

Mrs S. Pattendon (Brass Teacher)

Mrs L.  Walsh (Woodwind Teacher)

About the Music Department

The Music Department is a vibrant and lively department offering a range of activities available to all pupilsIn Music, students develop their subject knowledge and skills through performance, composition, listening and appraising. Through the study of music, pupils develop good self-confidence and self-motivation; develop good performance and presentation skills; develop good communication and language skills; develop a good work ethic, expecting and working to achieve perfection; pay fine attention to detail; develop better analytical skills; develop leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others, including valuing other opinions.

The Music Department has two teaching rooms, with computers and a range of popular, orchestral and percussion instruments which are available for student use during Music lessons. The department has its own recording studio, which is also used for instrumental lessons.

The department runs a wide range of extra-curricular activities as well as regular shows and large-scale events. There are also a number of West End Theatre trips which take place each year.

The department also offers a range of instrumental lessons which are outlined in more detail below.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of music from medieval music to pop and club dance music. The scheme of work is very practical and gives pupils the opportunity to develop their ability on a range of instruments and computer software. Pupils study the following topics:

 Year 7: The Powerful Voice; Exploring the Orchestra; Keyboard Skills, A Musical Timeline; Musical Structures (Soundation) and Jazz and Blues

 Year 8 (in rotation): Composing Film Music, Performing pop music  

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

At GCSE, we offer both GCSE and BTEC Music

GCSE Music

For GCSE study the AQA specification. Pupils study performing, composition, and listening and appraising. This is underpinned by the study of music theory in the following areas:

  • Rhythm & Metre

  • Harmony & Tonality

  • Texture & Melody

  • Sonority & Dynamics

  • Structure & Form

They do so through the study of

  • Western Classical Music 1650-1910

  • Western Classical tradition since 1910

  • Popular Music (rock, pop, musical theatre, film & computer game music)

  • Traditional Music (Jazz, African Music, Caribbean Music, Latin American Music, Contemporary folk music)

This culminates in a range of assessments / coursework as follows:

  • A Listening and Appraising exam (40%).

  • A Solo Performance (15%)

  • An Ensemble / Group Performance (15%)

  • 2 compositions (30%). One of these has to be based on a brief set by the exam board.

BTEC First Award in Music

Pupils study the Pearson EDEXCEL Level 1/2 First Award in Music. For this pupil’s study 4 units, 2 core units and 2 elective units. The units that pupils can study are as follows:

Core Units:

  • The Music Industry (exam – 25%)

  • Managing a music product

Elective Units

  • Introducing Live Sound

  • Introducing Music Composition

  • Introducing Music Performance

  • Introducing Music Recording

  • Introducing Music Sequencing

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Music Department offers a range of extra-curricular activities. These include

  • Choir

  • Jazz band

  • Keyboard Club

  • Orchestra

  • Woodwind Ensemble

  • Feeder Orchestra

  • Ukulele Club

The various ensembles work towards regular shows and local events. Details about upcoming shows can be found in the news link and calendar sections of the school’s website. 

The school takes a leading role in the local music community leading the Rayleigh Music Educators Forum and running projects such as The Big Gospel Project with

  • Edward Francis Primary School

  • Gleeb Primary School

  • Grove Wood Primary School

  • Hockley Primary School

  • Our Lady of Ransom RC Primary School

  • The King Edmund School

  • Wyburns Primary School

To see pictures and videos of The Big Gospel Project please click here

The school has also previously taken leading roles in running the Rochford Philharmonia project each in association with Orchestras Live, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Rochford District Council, Rochford Extended Services & Virgin Active ( ) and a Student Led Music Ensembles Project in which pupils from The FitzWimarc School Music Department worked with pupils from 6 local primary schools under the mentorship of a professional musician to develop pupils’ composition and performance skills.


The school puts on a musical every other year. These are always very popular and receive much critical acclaim. Our last production was Joseph featured performances from 4 of our local primary schools. To see some photos of our most recent production click here

Arts Award

Pupils have the opportunity to complete the Arts Award. This is a certificated programme which inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. We offer pupils the opportunity to work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.

Instrumental Lessons

Pupils at the school can have instrumental lessons provided by teachers from the Essex Music Hub. Lessons are available in

  • Bass Guitar / Double Bass

  • Clarinet

  • Cornet

  • Drums

  • Flute

  • French Horn

  • Guitar

  • Keyboard

  • Oboe

  • Piano

  • Saxophone

  • Singing

  • Trumpet

  • Trombone

  • Violin

For more information about the cost of lessons, or to apply for a place, please click here


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