Music at RPA

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."

Plato

Music at Richmond Park Academy

The Creative Arts faculty at RPA is designed to encourage creativity, develop problem solving abilities and an appreciation of the creative journey.  Students will encounter a diverse range of practitioners within the industry showcasing various career paths. 

Our aim is to inspire, enrich, and nurture each pupil to have the confidence to communicate; physically, audibly and visually through the use of a wide range of materials. We strive for students to fulfil their potential through increasingly individual and creative expression, prizing the journey as much as the destination.

The faculty is an active and vibrant part of the school community, both within and outside the curriculum, allowing students the freedom to explore their creative identity.

Who's who in the team

Ms B Wardlaw - Subject Leader

Ms S Humphrey - Teacher of Music and Drama

The Music Department is an active and vibrant part of the community, both within and outside the curriculum. We aim to provide a stimulating and creative approach to music-making by covering a wide range of musical styles and traditions, as well as giving students the opportunity to discover, explore and develop their own musical skills and abilities.

We have a range of extracurricular activities including Chamber Choir, Whole School Choir, Music Tech club and Orchestra that encourage students with a variety of musical interests to take part. The choir is run by Helena Debono from the Richmond Music Trust who is our fantastic vocal coach and gives gifted vocalists a chance to develop their skills. We also offer Rock and Roll Recruits, run by an external provider specialising in building students’ confidence performing contemporary music as an ensemble. In addition to the curriculum, we have run regular trips, activities, workshops and performances that all students can participate in.

The music department at RPA prides itself on the plethora of trips and workshops. In the last five academic years (September 2015 to July 2022), these are an example of some of the opportunities open to students at our school:

Annual Performances

We believe that through the arts subjects such as music we can shape our understanding of how we see ourselves and each other. There is always a challenge, a new perspective or an unlikely response. These are subjects where students can feel safe to explore their unique perceptions.

What we do when

Year 7

In Year 7, students study music on a carousel. They will have a 120 minute lesson, once a week for 9 weeks in each subject area. During this time they will complete three units of work. 

Year 8

In Year 8, students study music on a carousel. They will have a 120 minute lesson, once a week for 9 weeks in each subject area. During this time they will complete three units of work. 

Year 9

In year 9, students study music on a carousel. They will have a 120 minute lesson, once a week for 9 weeks in each subject area. During this time they will complete three units of work. 

Each project set will focus on building key skills needed for KS4 within each subject area.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4,  students can take qualifications in either GCSE Music or BTEC Music.

Music GCSE (Edexcel) 

BTEC Tech Awards: Music Practice (2022)

Students in KS4 have two 120 minute lessons a week. All will receive homework on a regular basis. Due to the nature of the practical subjects there will often be project work to do and students will be expected to work on this in class and in their own time. Students will be regularly assessed using the GCSE and vocational award assessment criteria throughout Year 10 and 11, practice exam questions and past papers will be used where appropriate.


Who to contact

Ms Bea Wardlaw - bwardlaw@richmondparkacademy.org

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