Music At Oldbury Wells
Music is an exciting and universal language and the high-quality music education which students receive at Oldbury Wells engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement and pride in their work.
Music is an important part of Oldbury Wells’ school life. All students study music at Key Stage 3 and can choose to study Btec Music at KS4. Students who wish to learn or continue to play a musical instrument can have lessons from one of our instrumental team and are encouraged to take graded exams as well as play for enjoyment. The delivery of the music curriculum is enhanced through the use of keyboards, classroom percussion, ICT with the most up to date and sophisticated software, class singing and orchestral and band instruments for those who play.
Extra-curricular music making is at the heart of activities on offer to students at Oldbury Wells. We have a School Band and we are the only school in Shropshire to have a dedicated Guitar Ensemble. Our successfully established mixed voice vocal group, ‘Encore,’ are in demand and students enjoy performing in school and in our local community throughout the year. We also have a number of student led bands and the provision of space and equipment allows these very self-motivated groups to flourish. Concerts are staged each year to a very high standard most notably recently are our cabaret style showcases, ‘One Night Only’ and ‘Showtime.’ The Music Department have also worked historically with the Drama Department to produce high quality musicals year on year.
Oldbury Wells is also the base for the ‘Bridgnorth Primary Schools Choir launched in September 2013 and directed by OWS Head of Music, Jo Dangerfield. The choir is open to any KS2 pupil from any school across Bridgnorth and rehearses every Thursday after school during term time, 3.30-4.30pm. The choir boasts a healthy and consistent number of enthusiastic young singers and enjoys regular public performances throughout the year.