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Archbishop Tenison's

Church of England High School

Archbishop Tenison's CE High School
Selborne Road


The Music Department is on the ground floor of Tenison’s in the main section of the school. We are lucky to have a room with 18 MACs (all of which run Sibelius 7. Logic 9 and GarageBand) and a recording studio.  There is also another teaching space and 5 practice rooms.

We are staffed by a team of musicians which include our teaching staff and visiting instrumental and vocal teachers:

The Music Team

  • Mrs H Gravett ( Head of Music) – maternity leave from September 2015
  • Miss F Hope  - Acting Head of Music from September 2015
  • Mr D Koor – Part-time teacher of Music from September 2015

Visiting Instrumental/Vocal Staff

Voice Mrs C MacNaughton
Drum Kit Mr K Parker
Piano Mrs J Fiderio
Piano Ms N Franklin
Piano Mr D Koor
Flute Mrs L Hinton
Clarinet/Sax Mrs S Green
Brass Mr R Deacon
Violin Mr A Petitclerc
‘Cello Mr G Loh
Electric/Acoustic Guitar Mr G Mills-Langdown
Electric/Acoustic Guitar Mr A Steer

Years 7-9 Curriculum

Year 7 - taught on a Carousel Year 8 – taught on a Carousel Year 9 – 2 lessons a week
Bridging Unit:  Rhythm and notation Instruments of the Orchestra/GarageBand Ground Bass and the Baroque era
Performance Challenge:  Working together Performance Challenge:  Fanfares Songwriting
Chords – Playing the Ukulele Twentieth Century Music:  Minimalism Rondo form and the Classical era
Improvisation:  West African Drumming   Advertising Jingles
  Moby ‘Why does my heart feel so bad?’
Performance Challenge:  Word Music
Film Music/GarageBand

At GCSE, we currently follow the Edexcel specification.  This encompasses performing a solo and as part of an ensemble as well as individually composing 2 pieces of music.  For the listening and appraising paper students learn in depth about 12 different pieces of music ranging from Mozart’s Symphony No.40 to Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’ and several examples of world music.  Pupils develop skills in perceptive listening, application of knowledge and extended writing.

At A Level, we currently use the Edexcel specification. At both AS and A2 students complete performance and composition coursework.  Both year groups also study a range of contrasting pieces of music as set by Edexcel.  These change year by year but have recently included music by Cage, Louis Armstrong, Haydn, Faure and The Kinks. 

Students who study music as GCSE, AS and A2 are expected to be ambassadors for the department and attend Senior Choir and Senior Orchestra where relevant.  They are also warmly encouraged to attend other musical activities and to start their own ensembles.  These students also regularly play for year group assemblies and services at St. Matthew’s Church.

Musical Opportunities for All

These are many, varied, extremely well-supported and a major focus and highlight of the school year.  We try to encourage as many students as possible to get involved in the activities that are on offer every week in the Music Department.  There is also the opportunity for students to use our facilities before school, lunchtimes and after school.  We are always delighted to welcome new members and see new faces in the department. 

Each year we put on:

  • A number of instrumental concerts which give the opportunity for soloists and our school ensembles, bands and choirs to perform.
  • A Christmas Service which usually involves 150 students taking part in a service at St. Mildred’s Church, Addiscombe.
  • A Summer Showcase which involves all of our choirs and instrumentalists in an evening of musical celebration. 

We have also:

  • Performed as part of the ‘Silent Night of World War One’ Event at Selhurst Park.  Our choirs and orchestras also performed as part of the ‘Festival of Music’ at St. Mildred’s Church.
  • Performed at local schools and in residential care homes.
  • Provided festive music in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon. 

We also run a number of ensembles before, during and after school, including: 


Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, Sixth Form Singers, Junior Choir, Les Choristes, ‘Barbershop Boys’ and Gospel Choir.



Senior Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, Clarinet Ensemble, Junior Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble.



Music Technology Club

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