Welcome to the Music Department
At Stretford High School music plays a central role in the life of the school and within its wider local community. Over the last four years the school has been running a unique music programme, allowing 300 students annually to have free instrumental and vocal music tuition. All students joining the school in Year 7 are therefore given lessons on either Guitar, Piano, Vocals or Drums in their first year. For those students wishing to continue learning an instrument or vocals in Years 8 to 11 music scholarships are awarded, or instrumental and vocal tuition is undertaken as a part of GCSE Music study. All students awarded scholarships, or studying for GCSE Music, work towards either Associated Board (ABRSM) or Rockschool music performance exams, with many progressing to Grade 8 before they leave high school aged 16.

As a Music Department we draw on the expertise, skills and experience of a diverse music team to deliver the highest quality of music education and student opportunity. We aim to engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, while striving to increase children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students’ progress, we expect them to develop a critical appreciation of music, allowing them to compose and perform, and to listen with discrimination and insight.

Meet the Music Department
The department team consists of nine members of staff. These are:

Mr C WoolhamsHead of Department
Mr R GallagherMusic teacher
Mr P BennettDrum Teacher
Mr L BuckPiano Teacher
Miss S RichardsVocal and Piano Teacher

Music Overview
At Stretford High students will study a

Our aim is to enable all students to: