“Music is life itself.”

Louis Armstrong

Music plays an important part of everyday life at Saddleworth School. Our proud musical culture offers our young musicians the opportunity to grow, thrive and flourish in the enjoyment, study and performance of music. We build students’ confidence through experience and offer opportunities for our young musicians to work with visiting professional musicians as often as possible – developing musical skills and nurturing musical talent.

The newly designed music curriculum at Saddleworth School will allow students access to many high-quality musical opportunities and experiences throughout their time at Saddleworth. Learners will engage with many different musical cultures, learn technical skills, develop musical understanding and further develop a passion for music that could take them into further musical study at College, University / Conservatoire level and beyond.

In KS3 (Year 7 -9) practical engagement is paramount and students will have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of musical instruments. Our young musicians will develop technical musical skills and further develop their understanding of musical vocabulary through practical engagement to become well rounded musicians with a broad understanding and passion for the subject.

KS4 (Year 10 & 11) level students will have the opportunity to develop their musical interests further by opting for further musical study in either in our traditional route studying GCSE music, or in a more hands on Commercial route studying the BTEC music course – both courses offer an enjoyable, broad and technical study of music.

Many former Saddleworth School musicians have gone on to study music at highly regarded sixth form colleges, outstanding nationally recognised music colleges and have forged careers as professional musicians in the classical and commercial music industries.

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


Focus for Assessments:

  • Performing
  • Collaboration and Participation
  • Composing
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Listening
  • Cultural Understanding