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Departmental Aims


To maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in music.

To enable pupils to be familiar with and confident in a body of musical knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary.

To make pupils aware of the changing face of the Music Industry and the various careers and roles that can be found within it regardless of musical ability.

To give pupils an opportunity to take part in creative activities and recording opportunities that are standard in the industry.

To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender or academic ability) to have equal access to music and to experience success and enjoyment in their music work.


  • Mr I G Bell (Head of Department)

  • Mr S Leathem


The Music Department comprises a main teaching room with practice facilities and is situated in the Main Administrative block, the bulk of musical activities taking place in Music Room 1. There is also access to a large practice facility ‘Band Room’ which is given over to instrumental tuition and as a rehearsal space for Music Ensembles. Each teaching room is equipped with percussion trolleys, pianos, guitars (acoustic, electric and bass), Hi-Fi equipment and keyboards and digital drum machines. 


Years 8 -10

Music is a compulsory subject 

Years 11 -12

Music is an Option Choice for GCSE pupils with option to study:

GCSE Performing Arts ( Level 2 Vocational GCSE)
GCSE Music ( Level 2 Applied GCSE)

Extra Curricular Provision

Pupils are encouraged to view the enrichment and extra-curricular activities of the Department as a platform where their skills, learned in class, can be extended and widened in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere. They are encouraged to see that a lot of fun and pleasure can be gained for themselves from participating with others while at the same time, giving great pleasure to an audience.

Movilla High School Music Department, at present offers the following to pupils:

Staffed By


Mrs Howell & Mr Leathem

School of Rock

Mr Leathem

Singstar Group

Mrs Howell


All pupils are encouraged to take an interest in joining the choir. Choir rehearsals take place in Music Room 1 from 8.45 in the morning, at Break times and (nearer performance times) after school from 3.15 – 4.00 pm

The choir often take part in the school’s annual Achievement Evening, the Musical Society productions and the Carol Services. Additionally, a number of invitation performances at Christmas are undertaken, as are visits to disadvantaged and retirement groups and clubs.

Musical Society

The Musical Society (formed in 1992) aims to train pupils in all aspects of staging a Musical production. 

They receive tuition in vocal technique, drama, dance, stage management, back stage work, make-up application, lighting techniques and construction of scenery and back drops. 

Co-operation of other members of staff is paramount in the continuing success of the Society. 

Outside technical support is also valuable experience for pupils. 

The Society aim to produce a fully staged musical every 2 years, with minor productions/concerts during the year.

Previous Productions have included “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Anything Goes”, “Oliver”, “Grease”, “High School Musical”, “Cinderalla” (Pantomime) and “Annie”. 

Talent Show

Pupils are encouraged to take part in the School Talent Contest which takes place every other year in the Spring Term. This gives pupils an opportunity to demonstrate skills that they are developing in clubs and societies outside of the school setting. 

Instrumental Lessons

Lessons will be provided during school on parental request by professional staff if sufficient pupil numbers make the provision viable.

Pupils are entered for Graded exams by the various Awarding Authorities (ABRSM, Trinity, Rock School etc.,)

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