Core Purpose

Do you enjoy writing your own songs, playing music alone or with friends or simply listening to music? Would you like to learn how to produce music using industry-standard software, perform in one of London’s biggest concert halls or discover how hit songs are written? The Walworth Academy music department can offer students all this and more.

Studying music gives students the opportunity to develop skills that they will need for the rest of their lives: group-work, independent practice, self-evaluation and refining ideas are all vital skills that students learn whilst developing high-level skills on an instrument or as a composer.

British Values Coverage

The values of democracy and tolerance of others are explicitly taught when working closely in bands and small ensembles. Our year 8 course begins with a short course on how to work successfully in groups.

The study of Classical music is linked to developments in British society in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Individual liberty is a key thread throughout our curriculum as students gain the confidence to create music which reflects their individual musical tastes and share it with their peers.  Respectful and constructive critical appraisal is a skill which is taught from the very beginning of musical study. The history of gay rights is taught through our year 10 study of ‘Killer Queen’.

Our music curriculum focuses on music from cultures from all around the world, encouraging pupils to foster respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. The year 11 Fusion unit in particular requires students to investigate different faiths and cultures and become aware of how cultural and religious beliefs impact music.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Coverage

Spiritual development:

Different feelings and values are explored throughout all of the music we study: pupils are taught to explore these with curiously and respect.

The study of music demands a great deal of imagination and creativity, particularly in composition.

Students are always encouraged to reflect formally and informally on their experiences. All assessments include a brief self-reflection where students are guided to evaluate their emerging skills and their next developmental focus.

Moral development:

In music and across the Academy, students are consistently taught to understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions and to reflect on any mistakes they make.

Debate is used in the music curriculum to discuss moral and ethical issues and ensure students can understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

The moral issue of plagiarism and artistic authenticity is a recurring theme in the music curriculum.

Social development:

Students are expected to work independently with their classmates, with older and younger students and also with adults from a range of external musical organisations. At the beginning of the course, students are taught how to make the most of these opportunities. 

Students are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of performances in and out of school. They work with students from other schools in the Ark orchestra and choir.

Through a focus on excellent group work skills and the ability to work well with a wide range of different musicians, students develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Cultural development:

The study of a wide variety of different musical languages leads students to understand the cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others.

Students are often required to present favourite pieces of music to their class, developing an understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.

By providing a wide range of enjoyable musical opportunities, the music department fosters a willingness to participate in and respond positively to the opportunity to take part in new activities.

Tolerance and respect of all cultures is a key element of musical study across all year groups.


CARES Coverage


Students are given a number of opportunities to perform in and out of school, most notably at the Barbican in the summer term. This requires them to put in a great deal of practice and to attend Saturday rehearsals.


Through internal and external performances and the study of great musical works from all eras and cultures, students understand what excellence looks like in the subject and are motivated to work towards this goal.


Learning an instrument or composing a refined piece of music requires a great deal of resilience. Students learn to reflect on performances or on finished compositions and to understand how they can improve their work in the future.


High-level skills are celebrated in the music department and in performances across the school. Students are pushed by their class teacher and their instrumental teacher to achieve their best.


Students are all given the opportunity to work independently using the music department resources and must ensure that they bring their instrument and music to their lessons. This responsibility allows them to develop essential self-management skills.


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Last updated September 2018