Station Road, Halmer End, Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST7 8AP
Part of Windsor Academy Trust



School clubs

Singing Group – after school
Garageband club – lunchtime
DJ Club – Starting October lunchtime
Band practise – lunchtime


Musical Terms
WJEC Resources

Key Stage 3 overview

In years 7, 8 and 9, pupils follow a broad and balanced Music curriculum that provides them with the key skills of performance, composition and listening and appraising needed for success at GCSE.

Topics studied include:

  • The elements of music/ rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Musical Clichés
  • Hooks and Riffs
  • African Drumming
  • Blues Music
  • MIDI editing
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Reggae Music
  • Variations through the study of Drones, Chords and Ostinati
  • Blues Music
  • Film Music
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Reggae Music
  • All about that Bass
  • Variations
  • Midi Editing
  • Music in Advertising
  • Gaming Music
  • Summer Project

The music room is available at lunchtimes for pupils to enhance their practical skills using the suite of Apple Macs and the musical instruments available to them. (Electronic keyboards, electronic drum kit, electronic piano, upright piano, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, electric guitars and a range of tuned and unturned percussion instruments).

Pupils also have the opportunity to pay for individual or small group instrumental lessons within school time on the following instruments:

  • Brass (Cornet, Tenor horn, French horn, Baritone, Trombone and Tuba)
  • Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone)
  • Voice
  • Guitar (Acoustic, Electric and Bass)
  • Piano (Electronic piano and Keyboard)
  • Drums

Key Stage 4 overview

Pupils follow a two-year curriculum, which is designed to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve their full potential in their GCSEs. At the end of KS4, pupils will sit the EDUQAS (Year 11 2020 onwards). A copy of the specification is available to download from the EDUQAS website.

The course has three elements; appraising (listening), performing and composing. Each element is explored throughout the course, allowing the pupil’s own interest and musical style to be the basis for this work.

All pupils taking this course should already be skilled in playing an instrument or using their voice and therefore will be encouraged to have further lessons in their chosen instrument. These can be provided through the School, or taken privately.

Music intervention is held on Tuesday evenings from 3.15-4pm. 

Various extra curricular opportunities are offered to pupils to stretch our gifted and talented pupils, and to offer invaluable opportunities for pupils to perform in front of an audience:

  • Young Voices
  • UET Carol Concert
  • Keele University Degree Performance Recitals
  • The Celebration of Music
  • The UET Performing Arts Showcase
  • Awards Evening
  • Open Evening
  • Whole School assemblies
  • Audley LAP Christmas Lunch
  • Pop Up Restaurant

Qualification assessment overview

All pupils sit an assessment at the completion of each unit of work as well as at the end of each half term. These are used to track progress and tailor any necessary intervention for pupils.


  • There is 60% of internal assessment and 40% of external assessment
  • The Performance element of the course is 30% and requires 4 minutes of performance, both solo and ensemble (to include at least 1 minute of ensemble)
  • The Composition element of the course is 30% and requires two compositions. One composition is a free choice piece, and one composition to a brief set externally by Eduqas– both to be completed in year 11
  • The listening element of the course is 40% and includes 8 questions based upon general listening to a variety of musical genres and 2 questions are based upon two set works,  for EDUQAS the set works are Toto’s Africa and Bach’s Badinerie.

Curriculum map

Please CLICK HERE to view the curriculum road map for Music.

How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with Music?

  • Please encourage your child to attend Music Intervention on the relevant day
  • Please support your child with their weekly attendance and practise for their instrumental lessons
  • Please encourage your child to take part in the various performance opportunities available to them
  • Please encourage your child to listen critically to music heard, with a musical ear
  • Please help to submerge your child in as many different musical genres as you can

Teaching staff

Email links:

Miss L. Miller, Teacher of Music

Music Success

'Last term was very busy for our piano students at STBA! Congratulations to the following pupils who worked so hard, put in hours of practice and received such fantastic piano and music theory exam results:


  • A few weeks ago, pupils from Sir Thomas Boughey Academy, Painsley College, St Giles Primary and Greatwood Primary enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, showcasing the talented music students taught by Minda Critchlow, at our annual Summer Sounds Concert in the beautiful setting of All Saints Church, Dilhorne. We raised a grand total of £834.35 for The Dougie Mac Hospice, in memory of a local young lady, Isabelle Wait, who was cared for by this wonderful charity. A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us on the day and made the concert such a great success. Please visit to find out about our next fundraising event. #dmhospice #dougiemac
  • Congratulations Lewis on achieving a DISTINCTION in your GRADE 3 PIANO exam, scoring an incredible 98/100.
  • Ben H in Year 8 for passing his Grade 1 Piano Exam with DISTINCTION
  • Ryan in Year 9 for achieving a MERIT in his Pre-Grade Higher Piano Exam
  • Reed in Year 9 for achieving a DISTINCTION in his Pre-Grade Introductory Piano Exam
  • Myah in Year 7 for achieving a DISTINCTION in her Pre-Grade Introductory Piano Exam
  • Cassie in Year 7 for achieving a DISTINCTION in her Pre-Grade Introductory Piano Exam
  • Amelia in Year 8 for achieving a DISTINCTION in her Foundation Music Theory Exam, scoring an incredible 100%
  • George in Year 11: Grade 1 Piano with MERIT
  •  Amelia in Year 8: Pre-Grade Higher Piano with DISTINCTION
  •  Dannii in Year 8: Pre-Grade Higher Piano with DISTINCTION
  •  Lucas in Year 11: Grade 5 Piano with MERIT
  • Congratulations to Lucas H in Year 11 on achieving a fabulously high MERIT in his GRADE 5 PIANO Exam.