Cardinal Heenan has a growing reputation in the performing arts and our music department is well equipped with keyboard rooms, a drum area, recording studio and editing suite. The music department works closely with colleagues in drama and each year our students have the opportunity to take part in theatrical production as sound and lighting engineers.
Our school band regularly plays concerts in the local community and further afield. They also performed at the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ event in February 2014.
A qualification in music can help students break into the industry as a performer, a composer, a sound engineer or as a music technician.
Key Stage 3
Students follow the national curriculum.
Key Stage 4
The course is split into three sections - listening, composition and performance. Students will write their own music using a variety of software, learn an instrument, examine different styles of music and learn how to listen to music critically. Assessment is via practical performances and a written exam which is worth 20% of the final mark.
Key Stage 5
We have a music technology course which is a popular choice at this level. Students learn how to compose, arrange and manipulate sounds using Cubase software. Assessment is via coursework and three practicals covering the recording, recreating and arranging set pieces of music.
LIST OF SUBJECTSART
COMPUTING & ICT
MEDIA & FILM STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS
RELATIONSHIPS / SEX EDUCATION
The headteacher provides strong leadership to the school. Newly appointed senior leaders have strengthened the school's capacity to improve outcomes for all pupils.
The leadership of teaching is good. The quality of teaching is improving quickly; professional development is a strong feature of the school.
Progress in modern foreign languages is outstanding.
Teachers build strong relationships with pupils to aid learning.
Learners in the sixth form achieve well and the provision is very well led and managed.
The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.
Pupils have an excellent understanding of British values and the nature of life in modern Britain.
The school provides good care and support to pupils. It works effectively with other services to keep vulnerable pupils safe.
Pupils receive high-quality careers guidance and advice.