Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
In music, we create an inspiring learning environment in order to develop creativity, communication, collaboration and a sense of community. Students learn about cultural, social and historical contexts via a broad and balanced curriculum offering performing, composing and listening & appraising opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
The department encourages all our musicians to develop their talents by giving them many opportunities to showcase and celebrate their successes.
RHSC Music Department have an enthusiastic team of two class teachers and seven peripatetic instrumental instructors;
- Mr G. Green (Head of Music)
- Miss H. Riley Teacher of Music and Vocal specialst
- Mrs J. Richardson (Piano)
- Mr T. Bunting (Guitar & Bass Guitar)
- Mr J. Durant (Guitar and Bass Guitar)
- Mr T. Corfield (Drumkit & Percussion)
- Mrs E. Savage (Woodwind)
- Mr R. Dockray (Brass)
- Mrs S. Ballard (Strings)
Our instrumental instructors visit the school each week to provide tuition for instrumentalists and singers. These lessons take place throughout the day on a rotational basis to ensure that the students don’t miss the same lesson each week.
Key Stage Three (Years 7, 8 and 9)
In Year 7, 8, pupils have one hour a week of classroom music lessons in mixed ability classes. Lessons focus on developing performance, composition, listening and appraising skills.
At the end of year 8, pupils can opt for music if they wish. In year 9, students will have two hours a week of classroom music, where they can continue developing their musical skills and prepare for the GCSE music course.
Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)
In Years 10 and 11, pupils have five lessons over two weeks. Pupils follow the EDEXCEL course for GCSE Music and are assessed on three areas; Performing, Composing and Listening & Appraising.
Key Stage Five (Years 12 and 13)
The department offers A Level Music which is a continuation from the EDEXCEL GCSE Music syllabus. The same structure of Performing, Composing and Listening & Appraising is followed; students are required to analyse set-works in great detail.
Accommodation and Resources
The Music department is situated on the ground floor and consists of one main teaching room, two practice rooms, a recording room/second teaching room, a control room and a music technology room.
The main room and recording room have their own interactive whiteboard and computer.
The Music Technology room has nine computers with Cubase software and the main teaching room has fifteen computers with Cubase software.
Each practice room has a piano and manuscript whiteboard.
The department is well resourced with keyboards, guitars, drum kits and digital pianos.
Extra Curricular Activity and Trips
Music is a thriving and important part of school life and we aspire for high standards of music making. The department runs the following ensembles;
- Rock Bands (Monday 3.30pm – 4.30pm)
- Percussion Ensemble (Tuesdays 12.45pm – 1.20pm)
- Vocal Ensemble (Wednesday 12.45pm – 1.20pm)
- String Ensemble (Thursdays 12.45pm – 1.20pm)
- Jazz Band (Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm)
- Orchestra (Friday Lunchtime 12.45 – 1.20)
There is also a music theory group on Monday 8.50am-9.10am to assist those students preparing for ABRSM music theory examinations. We also run a GCSE music support group on a Monday 3.30-4.30pm.
Ensembles are open to all ages and abilities. All ensembles, as well as bands and soloists, have the opportunity to perform in concerts, carol services, events and assemblies.
The school also stages an annual musical production. This year, we will be staging “Ebenezer”, a rock musical on 17th and 18th December. Previous musicals include Oliver!, Grease, The Wizard of Oz.
The Music Department organises a trip to see the Opera or a Musical in the Summer Term. We also arrange professional ensembles to come and give performances to students to allow every student access to music of all genres.