Principal - Toby Eastaugh
Principal - Toby Eastaugh



Key stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (KS3) students can expect to be challenged in their performance skills from the very beginning using a number of instruments including voice, ukuleles, keyboards and drums. They are introduced to a variety of music and given opportunities to listen, compose and create.

 Year 7Year 8
Half term 1Baseline assessment: Frere Jacques and Mahler Symphony No. 1Baroque Music
Half term 2The Voice and Christmas ConcertFilm Music and a Christmas Fantasy
Half term 3Chromatics: Flight of the BumblebeeBlues
Half term 4African Drumming 1African Drumming 2
Half term 5Keyboard PerformancePop Music: Decades
Half term 6UkulelePop Music: Decades & Songwriting

Students will study Music for one hour per week at Key Stage 3.

You can listen to Year 7’s Performance classwork which they completed in autumn 2018:


And here’s an example of some Year 8 film music work on Batman:


GCSE Music

At Key Stage 4 (KS4) our students follow the WJEC Eduqas GCSE Music course. The specification can be found here:

The course provides an opportunity to develop and apply musical knowledge and skills through a wide variety of genres with an emphasis on practical music-making.

The subject content is divided into three components:

  • Appraising Music (40%)
  • Performing Music (30%)
  • Composing Music (30%)
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Career pathways

Post-16, students will be able to move on to A-Level Music and/or Music Technology. From there they can access a plethora of degree courses relating to everything from classical music to jazz, pop, folk, studio engineering and electronic music. Both music and music technology are useful in many career pathways and this GCSE course is an ideal starting point for those considering a career in music.

Instrumental Tuition
We currently work with a number of tutors to provide tuition for all ages and abilities on a wide range of instruments and voice. Lessons take place during the school day, usually on a rotation, and can be differing lengths of time dependant on need. Students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, Free School meals or those who are looked after children can receive a bursary from the York Music Hub to assist with the cost of lessons. Mrs Brady can help with this application.


All students studying Music at GCSE level are advised to seek instrumental or vocal tuition to assist with the 30% performance coursework.

Please contact Mrs Brady for further information


Extra-curricular activities
At present we have Singing Club on a Monday after school which is open to all year groups. Tuesdays and Thursdays are Period 6 sessions for GCSE students; Mondays and Fridays the Year 10 band rehearse and Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes are for Year 8’s only.
A programme of concerts, trips, events and a whole-school Musical are planned for 2021-22.


Keep in touch

Subject Lead for Music is Mrs Pip Brady who can be contacted by email at


Friday 24th June - city athletics semi finals and we took 46 talented pupils in all year groups and events! Team VOY did very well today with a good array of 🥇🥈🥉 Well done to all the pupils, you were totally awesome 😎 results to follow on Monday 🏆…