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teaching staff 

  • Jonny Slater - Curriculum Leader
  • Jessica Whitehouse 

music peripatetic staff 

  • John Kilshaw - Brass
  • Thomas Pratt - Guitar
  • Sian Watkins - Voice
  • Ross McDouall - Drums
  • Chris Preece - Piano
  • Lucia D'Avanzo Lewis - Strings
  • Tracey Thurlow - Woodwind 

Curriculum Aims

Sarah Bonnell offers students an extensive range of musical opportunities and aims to give all students a rich and exciting experience of music. The Music Curriculum Area offers students the chance to explore their creativity and expression through a variety of mediums. All students are encouraged to take part in practical music making, which ranges from class singing and guitar playing to joining one of the school’s extra-curricular clubs. 

Music is constantly changing and the use of music technology is a massive part of the music that we listen to today. We are therefore very proud at Sarah Bonnell to have state of the art iMac computers networked to the school server and a professional standard studio. Students are able to explore music technology in lesson time with high level equipment and also record themselves using the music studio

Year 9

In Year 9 students choose whether to carry on Music, and those who do are allotted double the curriculum time, and further opportunities to refine their skills and turn their hands to more complicated music pieces and skills. Recent projects have culminated in three year 9 lunchtime concerts which were organised and planned by the students themselves, featuring year 9 performances. Year 9 students also went on to complete their Silver Arts Award, equivalent to half a GCSE, by planning and promoting the Summer Showcase.

Year 9 curriculum includes:

  • Classical Remix
  • Class Ensemble
  • Film Music
  • Going solo...


Extra-Curricular Clubs

The Music Curriculum Area run many extra-curricular activities ranging from the vocal groups ‘Chamber Choir’ and ‘Young Voices’, to the SB Mega Band! There are rehearsals and groups every lunchtime and after school, where students of any ability are able to come together and perform music.

  • SB Mega Band
  • Chamber Choir
  • Young Voices
  • Guitar Club
  • Jazz Band
  • String Group
  • Drum Works