Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy


Lead Teacher: Mr. J. Davies
Staff: Miss E. Palmer

Aims of the Department

Our vision in the music department at Bishop Rawstorne is that all our pupils are engaged and motivated by the subject. Pupils should enjoy participating in practical music activities and each individual’s creativeness should be fully stretched and challenged, through a range of topics and units. Pupils will be supported to achieve high levels of progress in their learning as young musicians in a safe, caring and enthusiastic environment.

Extracurricular Activities

As a department we offer an array of extracurricular activities. There are so many ways in which to get involved with music at Bishop Rawstorne, just click on the link below to see what’s going on.

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are taught by a team of professional staff and are offered on a wide range of instruments, including:

Voice, Keyboard and Piano – Mrs. J. Swift

Drums – Mr. J. Molyneux

Guitar – Mr. J. Doyle

Woodwind – Mr. H. Michalas

Brass – Miss. K. Curlett

Performance opportunities

Each year we have Christmas and Summer Concerts, which feature the band and choir as well as smaller ensembles and soloists. Standards are always exceptionally high and are another indication of the wealth of talent we have. 2013 saw the first winners of the ‘Band Person of the Year’ and ‘Choir Person of the Year’, both picked by the members of the respective ensemble and awarded at the summer concert, where we also say farewell and thank you to our year 11’s. Please follow the link below to see the past and present winners. As well as the main concerts there are various opportunities to perform throughout the year whether it be externally or at school events such as awards evening and the ladies governors lunch. We also have a worship band who perform and lead singing in year group worship on a regular basis. Pupils can also perform in a more informal setting during our performances in the foyer around Christmas and the end of term at lunchtime.

Band and Choir Person of the Year

These awards are voted by the members of the ensembles and are given as a recognition by the members of all the time and effort they have dedicated to the ensemble throughout the year.

  Band Person of the Year Choir Person of the Year Upper School
Choir Person of the Year
2017-2018 Laura Howard Clare Young Jenna Young
2016-2017 Alice Hayes Ellie Double Alice Hayes
2015-2016 George Pears Alice Heyes Rachel Cooper
2014-2015 Brittany Johnnie Annie Harrison  
2013-2014 Miranda Woodward Annie Harrison  
2012-2013 Christian Broad Josh Williams  

Key Stage 3 Music

Key Stage 4 Music

Enrichment Activities

Music Galleries