Dormers Wells High School  has  a thriving music department where students are given ownership of their own musical journeys.

Teachers have studied at world renowned institutions and bring their love of music to life in the classroom.

Music is taught in the classroom during timetabled lesson and students are encouraged to be a part of our extra-curricular activities both as participants and as student leaders.

The key skills of performing, composing and listening are developed from the very start of Key Stage 3 with students in Year 9 branching out and further developing their skills in preparation to study BTEC Music in Year 10 & 11. BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice is also offered in Year 10/11.

Students have a multitude of performance opportunities throughout the year ranging from informal lunchtime concerts, our bi-weekly music assemblies at a local primary school and formal concerts for invited guests.

At key stage 3, the music curriculum gives all students an opportunity to develop their music skills and knowledge so that they can progress to BTEC Music at the end of Year.

“I would teach children Music, Physics, and Philosophy; but most importantly Music, for the patterns in Music
and all the Arts are the keys to learning”

- Plato.


key stage 3

At key stage 3, the music curriculum gives all students an opportunity to develop their music skills and knowledge. During Key Stage 3 Music lessons students will focus on building their confidence and communication skills. Students will develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing.

Students will develop an awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music. They will be taught to recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology.

The curriculum enables them to engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.


Students are assessed on their developing performance, composition and listening skills. All students are assessed once per term and provided with specific feedback on how to improve.

All students are taught to develop their skills in self-evaluation and peer assessment, which develops further in Key Stage 4.

key stage 4

We are pleased to offer to students the EDUQAS in Music GCSE, which places emphasis on practical exploration and creates opportunities to perform and compose their own work.

During the course students engage actively in the process of music study and develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically. Students will develop their composing skills to organise musical ideas.

Learners will develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians. We aim to broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity.