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Selby High School

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Contact details:
Name : Miss L Cant
Position : Curriculum Area Leader 
Email address :


As a department our aims are to:

  • Bring the student into closer contact with music
  • Develop the ear through musical activities
  • Demonstrate to students how to develop their listening, composing and performing skills
  • Instil a desire to ‘reach for the stars’ and achieve the highest possible standards
  • Create an enthusiasm for singing and playing instruments
  • Encourage every child to be a music reader
  • Offer a variety of opportunities for students to perform in school and in the local community
  • Concert opportunities in Selby Abbey and at the Town Hall

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development information

At KS3, students follow a variety of schemes of learning to both engage and support them in their music making. They are assessed using the national curriculum framework which enables them to see the progress they are making with clear targets to help them further improve. Learning focuses on developing students’ listening and aural skills through instrumental and vocal work. Students are given a variety of opportunities to join in group music making from singing in choirs to playing instruments in bands. The course prepares students to move from KS3 into KS4, with learning targets designed to ensure a smooth transition towards working with GCSE material.

The Music Department at Selby High School offers two music routes. The AQA exam board is used for a GCSE qualification in Music and the NCFE board is used for a certificated qualification in Music Technology. Both routes afford the opportunity for students to develop their musical interests with each awarding a grade at GCSE level. Students will have the facility of a newly equipped recording studio, suite of Mac Air computers, Microsoft laptops, the latest composition software and I pads.

As part of our KS4 studies students will access the following strands:

Popular Song

Film Music

The Western Classical Tradition

World Music

Composing Techniques

Performance on main instrument

Recording techniques


These qualifications prepare students for further study in music and music technology at both Selby and York Colleges, with some students choosing to go to Leeds College of Music to further their studies.

For more details on the above areas of study:

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips
School Choir, Swing Band, Year 7 Young Voices, Guitar Group, Annual Disneyland Paris Trip.
Visiting peripatetic teachers teach: Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Classical Guitar, Piano, Drums and Singing
Saturday Music Centre: 9.30am – 12.15pm organised and staffed by NYCC music service.