Department Staff

Mr P.  Norman (Head of Music)

Mrs V. Day

Miss D.  Morgan


Peripatetic Staff

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)


The Music Department is a vibrant and lively department offering a range of activities available to all pupils. In Music, students develop their capability as performers and composers and their ability to analyse and contextualise music throughout history, using key subject knowledge.

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


 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; A Musical Timeline; African Drumming

 Year 8: Music in Advertising; Reggae; Musical Structures /Dance EJ; Jazz & Blues

 Year 9: Indian Music; Film Music; Pop Music / Running a Band.


In years 7, 8 and 9, pupils receive termly homework project task. For more information regarding this, click here ( )


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At GCSE, we study the AQA GCSE Music 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
  • Timbre & Dynamics
  • Structure & Form

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

  • A Listening and Appraising exam (20%).
  • A Solo Performance (20%)
  • An Ensemble / Group Performance (20%)
  • 2 compositions (30%). One of these has to be based on an area of study given by the exam board.
  • A Composition Appraisal (10%)

 For more information about the schools GCSE Music course, please click here ( )


Other Activities

The Music Department offers a range of extra-curricular activities. The various ensembles work towards shows and local events, information about which can be found in the upcoming events section below.

  •  Choir
  • Jazz band
  • Jelly Baby Band
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Show Band
  • Feeder Orchestra


The school takes a leading role in the Rochford Philharmonia project each year, in association with Orchestras Live, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Rochford District Council, Rochford Extended Services & Virgin Active. Click here for more information ( )


The school also leads the Student Led Music Ensembles Project which has developed from the Philharmonia project and the mentoring that our young people have received. Pupils from The FitzWimarc School Music Department are working with pupils from 6 local primary schools under the mentorship of a professional musician to develop pupils’ composition and performance skills. The local schools we are working with are:

  • Downhall Primary School
  • Edward Francis Primary School
  • Glebe Primary School
  • Grove Wood Primary School
  • Our Lady of Ransom Primary School
  • Wyburns Primary School

 The nature and scale of this project is pioneering and has attracted much national attention. This has been funded by The Royal Opera House Bridge Project, Essex Music Hub, Rochford District Council and Rochford Extended Services.


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. In association with Rochford District Council We offer pupils the opportunity to work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. 

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

  • Bass / Bass Guitar
  • 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 ( )


The Music Department puts on regular shows, performs at local community events and organises visits to musicals in the West End. More information about these will be listed below.

 Upcoming events / Shows

  • Student Led Music Ensembles Celebration Event – 7pm, 4th July at Rayleigh Mill


Recent Shows

  • Grease
  • BTEC Music Festivals 2014
  • Summer Variety Show
  • Oliver


Here are some of the Musicals that we have been to see:

  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
  • Mamma Mia
  • Matilda
  • Lion King
  • Sister Act
  • Shrek (The Musical)
  • Stomp


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