Sheringham High School has a Music department which seeks to enthuse and inspire students and to promote the value of music in life.

The department has recently purchased some new equipment including a class set of ukulele’s and African drums which gives the students a wide range of resources to use both in and outside of lessons. The department has two rehearsal rooms, a suite of Apple Mac computers and a range of instruments both electronic and acoustic. The Music department also offers several extra-curricular activities including Choir, Woodwind group, String group, Brass group and Concert Band. Extra theory sessions are offered to Key Stage 4 students.

Jam sessionIf students wish, they can opt to have instrumental lessons on an instrument of their choice. These are taught by a team of dedicated, experienced peripatetic tutors. Students can choose from a range of instruments including singing, piano, brass, woodwind, strings, drums and guitar. There are currently over 70 students who receive instrumental tuition in school.

The Music department tries to offer other opportunities for students to get involved with. Our most recent venture was a ‘Joint Jam’ with students from Stalham High School. You can read more about this successful event in the Latest News section >>

The music department composed and performed a new musical version of, The War of the Worlds’ which is available as a free download on this page.

In the summer term 2017 we worked with the drama department to perform, ‘The Jungle Book’.

In December we annually hold a joint Chrismas Concert at Sheringham Church with other local primary schools.

In June 2018 the school production was the Cameron Macintosh musical, 'Mary Poppins' and included a large number of music, drama and dance pupils.


Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students will:

  • Develop performing, composing, listening and appraising skills
  • Extend these skills through practical tasks
  • Make connections between all areas of knowledge and musical experiences

In particular, there will be a focus on:

  • The elements of music and compositional devices
  • Reading and understanding basic notation
  • The use of music technology, in particular Garageband software

Students are formatively assessed during each unit, leading to a summative assessment at the end of each unit of work, usually at the end of a half term.

Year 7 units of work:

  • Unit 1 Bridging Unit (Notation
    Story (Form):
    Gamelan Music (World):
    Ostinato (Vocal):
    Impressionism (Historical):
    Woodwind (Orchestral):

Year 8 units of work:

  • Unit 1 : Chords (Notation)
    Unit 2 : Variations (Form)
    Unit 3 : Indian Music (World)
    Unit 4 : Duet (Vocal)
    Unit 5 : Percussion (Orchestral)
    Unit 6 : Film Music (Historical)

Year 9 units of work:

  • Unit 1 : Pentatonic (Notation)
    Unit 2 : Structure (Form)
    Unit 3 : Jazz and Riff (World)
    Unit 4 : Ensemble Performance (Vocal)
    Unit 5 : Texture (Orchestral)
    Unit 6 : Musical Futures


Key Stage 4

Current GCSE Students please click here for details about revision guides and resources >>

At Key Stage 4, students can opt to study for a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music or GCSE Music. Each course offers a different pathway into music; the GCSE being more traditional with analysis and the BTEC offering a more practical and industry based approach to music.

Examination Board: Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award

This qualification is the same value of one GCSE but is marked using Pass, Merit or Distinction. Throughout the course, students will develop a range of employability skills and carry out work-based activities.

The course content is made up of two core units and two optional units as follows:

  • Unit 1: The Music Industry
  • Unit 2: Managing a Music Product
  • Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition
  • Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

Unit 1 is an exam which is externally assessed. All other units are internally assessed within the school and are a mixture of coursework and live performance.

Students are introduced to the course by completing an introductory assignment. This involves rehearsing for a solo and ensemble performance while a keeping a written log of their rehearsal sessions. They will also begin preparation for their exam which they will sit in January of Year 11.

Examination Board: New for 2016 - Eduqas (formerly WJEC) GCSE Music


This qualification is brand new for September 2016 and is the course currently running for Year 10 students.

The WJEC Eduqas specification encourages an integrated approach to the three distinct disciplines of performing, composing and appraising through four interrelated areas of study.

The four areas of study are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in a wider context. The Western Classical Tradition forms the basis of Musical Forms and Devices (area of study 1), and learners should take the opportunity to explore these forms and devices further in the other three areas of study. Music forEnsemble (area of study 2) allows learners to look more closely at texture and sonority. Film Music (area of study 3) and Popular Music (area of study 4) provide an opportunity to look at contrasting styles and genres of music.



Successful completion of either of these courses would allow students to continue onto Level 3 Music qualifications, or for some A Level Music.

Key Stage 5

For information of courses in Years 12 and 13 click on this link >>


Music Downloads


War of the Worlds 2017

1. Observing Mars

2. The Cylinder

3. Saturday and the Promise

4. Midnight and the Soldier

5. The Battle

5. The Curate

7. The Thunderchild

8. The Fifth Cylinder

9. The Reunion