Subject Leader: Mr K Bunton
The Music department at Cheam High School has been judged as good based on the department review of 2019.
Mr Bunton is the Subject Leader for Music and the department consists of two specialist Music teachers and an experienced Curriculum Support Officer.
The Music department works closely with Drama as a Performing Arts team and there are many cross-curricular links between the two subjects. They also share a well-equipped, purpose-built Performing Arts building. The building contains specialist facilities such as a recording studio, dedicated practice spaces and Mac/PC suite equipped with industry standard Logic Pro X and cloud based notation package Noteflight.
At KS4, students have access to this specialist equipment and opt to study AQA GCSE Music together with new specification BTEC Music (Performance) and Music Technology (Production) courses at KS5.
Mr Bunton is knowledgeable in all aspects of the national Music Curriculum, with a particular strength in popular instrumentation, composition and music technology.
The teaching is good with students of all abilities showing excellent attitudes to the subject. Observations of practice in 2018/19 show that progress is good amongst students in all year groups.
The KS3 curriculum is appealing through practical and performance work and playing a variety of musical instruments is an integral part of their learning. A wide range of popular and traditional musical genres are taught at all key stages. Schemes of work are planned and delivered in line with the national curriculum which stipulates that all students must perform, compose and analyse music from the wide spectrum of contrasting genres.
GCSE: 72% of students achieved grade 4 or above.
BTEC Music Technology: 100% students achieved Distinction* grades.
BTEC Music Performance: 100% of students achieved Distinction* grades.
Students’ Views and Attitudes
Students thoroughly enjoy music across all key stages, especially when learning to play a variety of different musical instruments.
Collaborative learning is key to musical enjoyment and is embedded into every lesson.
Students enjoy broadening their repertoire of listening, understanding the musical theory behind it and then applying that within a practical context.
Enrichment and Intervention
The Music department offers a wide plethora of extra-curricular clubs and activities throughout the academic year, with a key focus being the bi-annual school musical which in previous years have included High School Music (2016), We Will Rock You (2017) and Grease (2018).
The department also hosts the Advent Carol Concert each December at St Dunstan’s Church, Cheam Village as a public event open to the local community.
The now annual sixth form facilitated event ‘Meridium’ has now become a calendar highlight, which was founded in 2017.
The Music department also hosts a team of peripatetic teachers who enable students to develop their instrumental ability in 1-2-1 music lessons alongside their already rich music education.
Ryan Jeffery – Surrey – Music Performance
Fraser Mallows – St Mary’s – Stage Management
Katie Rosenberg – Bournemouth – Acting
To continue the development of the Mac suite to facilitate larger classes at sixth form in both Music and Music Technology.
To improve our relationship with the Sutton Music Hub and develop improved peripatetic provision.
To continue to develop provisions at KS4 and facilitate further success at GCSE.