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Everyone looks forward to the summer holidays, but after a couple of weeks most of us start to get bored. So, we’ve set you some challenges to keep your brain ticking over, and win loads of Harris Points! 🏆Have a go at them here➡️


A truly big THANK YOU to all our students, parents and staff for your support over the past few months. Have a great summer and see you all again in Sept!🙂. Signing off with our special showcase video!


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This is a really cool tree👍🙂, it is great to see the students valuing the positives experienced in this tough time and appreciate such things .


Messages from our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. "I am thankful for my friends and family who cheer me up when things go wrong." "I am thankful that everyone has been kind and supported me while learning at home."


Messages from our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. "I can spend more time with my dad. It's very fun. We have intelligent debates." "For having the confidence to talk about my feelings." "For my family since we are spending more time with them."


This is our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. We asked students in Years 7-9 students to say what they were for as part of their lessons. We thought you'd like to see some of their messages. "I am grateful that my family has come closer together during lockdown."


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have kindly supplied Another 2 weeks worth of breakfasts thanks to funding from their charity. 234 Students families are coming in to collect breakfast bags with beans wheatabix bread fruit & milk Big thanks to & our Safer Schools Police Officers for packing


Parents/carers... you can now download "Raising Little Allies-To-Be: An Incomplete Guide" from our resources page. A beautiful resource to explore and with children. Download it at


You can now download a resource pack on from our resources page. Includes a list of books, films, TV shows, articles, videos and podcasts to help get you educated. Download at


Ms George says: "I can read Margaret Atwood’s writing time and time again. One of the reasons I wanted to study Literature at A-Level is so I could explore The Handmaid’s Tale and I’m so glad I did! Her writing is absorbing and still (sadly) politically relevant


Welcome meeting for our new Year 7s. You can now watch a recording of the full session, including Q&A.


Summer's Not Cancelled is an online summer programme to help young people aged 16-25 in develop their and skills. Find out more and sign up at


Can you spare 16 hours over July and August? Will you donate them to a project in this area? Sign up for the "One Million Hours" programme and find out about volunteering opportunities near you this summer.


FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer.


Aged 15-19? You can apply for Words for Work, a virtual internship programme from . Complete a large scale creative project, take part in employability training, receive 1:1 mentoring, and creative masterclasses led by industry experts.


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Looking for summer activities? Find out more about this 'Summer of Food and Fun' programme for children and families in and .


How will your son travel to school in Sept? In light of government advice, we want to encourage all students to make their way to school safely when we reopen. Please help us by completing this one-minute travel survey by Weds 15 July. Thank you.


This week's competition - What have you enjoyed during lockdown? Send us a review of one film or a selection of different ones that have helped you through lockdown - and if they are linked to a book that you have read, even better! Details


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Southwark Libraries have some great events, videos and fun activities for young people as part of their . Big thanks to our for everything they are doing for young people in .


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Massive to & for arranging a today ❤️ These bags were used as a top up for our neighbours in need, already receiving freshly prepared meals. We are so pleased to pass on the parcels from to

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

Our curriculum intent in Music is to develop a child’s self-confidence and personal expression. The music department’s premise is that music is for all, regardless of gender, race, or ability.

We aim to build success into every lesson and offer extra-curricular activities which are open to every student.

Every student that enters the classroom is seen as potential musicians, musical inventors, composers, and improvisers. Through the teaching, we aim to stimulate students through their thoughts and imagination and advise rather than show and tell. As well as a very practical hands-on subject, no credible music education can be sustained without an insightful analysis of music theory, which is integral to all lessons.

Our ethos for music lessons are that:

  • Every student has the right to learn and take part in musical activities.
  • No music student is left behind
  • Students should be given the opportunities to learn how to express themselves musically
  • Students should be given the opportunities to understand how to build meaningful relationships using music
  • Musical knowledge embraces different traditions. ​

We believe Music is an essential part of developing the Master Key to future success in life.

For more information about our Music curriculum please contact Director of Performing Arts, Charlotte Bee

Curriculum details

Download the Music Long Term Curriculum Plan for Years 7-11. An overview of the Music curriculum is shown below.

Music curriculum overview

Instrument tuition

Both KS3 and KS4 students have an opportunity to take up weekly one-to-one instrumental lessons on the instrument of their choice for a small fee. These lessons allow students to take up a new instrument or to develop their skills on an instrument they already play. We have over 80 students on our instrumental register showing its huge popularity and we regularly enter our students for their ABRSM grade exams.

Homework examples

Here are some examples of homework set by the Music department. You can see more examples of homework in all our subjects in our homework portfolio.

Brit Awards (Year 8)

Watch these three tracks live on Youtube:

  • Take That - Shine
  • Coldplay - Fix You
  • Bandits - Rather Be.

Write a newspaper article comparing the three under the following headings: Interaction with the audience, Tempo, Dynamics and costume. Which deserves an award and why? This Joshua Anderson's homework for this topic.

Music homework example 1 June 2015




















Yiri (Year 10)

Comment on the melody, texture, structure, rhythm, metre and instrumentation of Yiri by Koko. This is Maziar Patterson's homework.

Music homework example 2 June 2015




















Rhythm sums (Year 8)

Complete the rhythm sum sheet. This is Connor Thompson's sheet.

Music homework example 3 June 2015




















African instrument (Year 7)

Create an African style instrument which you can ring to and play in class. Examples by Kermani and Esteban. Here are examples by Kermani and Esteban.

Music homework example 4 June 2015


Helpful revision links - for KS4 homework submissions. - to watch class performances.


Music helps students prepare for a wide range of careers including:
  • Composer for: TV, Film, Video games, Orchestra, Radio.
  • Artist
  • Producer
  • Music teacher
  • Music business management
  • Sound engineer
  • Promoter
  • Radio presenter
  • Conductor
  • Music therapist 

Music also develops skills that are essential in any workplace.

Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.

Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.

Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student’s own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.

In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.

Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline.

Music provides students with a means of self-expression.

Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later.