Miss L Jackson – Head of Department
Mr J Barquilla – Teacher of Music


Ms H Maeer – piano
Mrs M Houldershaw – piano
Mr M Scobey – guitar

Ms S Ahmed - jazz piano
Miss B Webb - percussion
Ms T. Judycka - cello
Mr I Fawcett - flute
Mr P Auger - violin


Mr N Ralf - drums
Ms S Cooke - French horn
Ms J Morter - brass
Mr H Flint - woodwind
Ms M Merinova - singing
Ms S Brown - oboe

As part of the wider community we work closely with primary schools and perform in the community regularly - for example at the Children's department in the John Radcliffe Hospital. We are also taking our choir on tour to Germany in the Summer which will become a biennial trip.

We host many visiting teachers in a wide range of instruments and many of our students are fully engaged with Oxfordshire County Council’s music provision.  Our musicians perform regularly in school events such as conferences and assemblies and we attend musical and theatrical performances both locally and further afield. We offer large scale music concerts twice a year at Christmas and at the end of the Summer term. These are real highlights of the year and involve a large number of students.

Extracurricular activities include a large orchestra and choir, jamming bands, music tech club and small ensemble work. Various groups meet during lunchtimes and after school.


At Cheney School the aim is to make the study of Music and Music Technology enjoyable and purposeful for all pupils. Throughout years 7 and 8, students are given one music lesson a week by a specialist music teacher. Over the course of Key Stage 3, pupils will cover a range of subjects, genres and time periods, ranging from 1400’s to Top 40, Medieval to Modernism, Harmony to Hip Hop! Students in Key Stage 3 will develop their skills in a range of areas relating to music and music technology, including performance, composition, listening and analysing. They will enter year 9 with a heightened understanding of the fundamental elements of music, an appreciation for musical forms they had perhaps not otherwise been exposed to and an ability to play a musical instrument to at least a rudimentary level.


Music - This is an exciting qualification for all students entering Key Stage 4 covering performance, composition and listening skills. The GCSE comprises of a solo and ensemble performance, two contrasting compositions and a listening exam paper. Students are prepared for all elements of the course through their curriculum lessons and are also encouraged to have instrumental lessons outside of the classroom to assist in their performance development.

Music Technology - New this year - we now run the NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology. This course allows students to explore music technology in depth; learning about microphone types and placement, studio recording, different recording techniques and creation of their own music. Through coursework and exams, students become competent techie’s with the ability to produce and record their own music.


We offer students the EDUQAS A Level in Music. This comprises of a performance recital, a substantial composition and a listening exam paper for each year of the course. We are also looking into providing students with the opportunity to study Music Technology at A-level alongside this. These courses provide students with the knowledge required to study at University and develop their practical skills for a career in the industry. Music and Music Technology serve to compliment many other qualifications through nurturing creativity, independence, teamwork, as well as IT, analytical and critical skills. For these reasons it is a highly sought after qualification for the workplace and courses in Higher Education. Music is a busy and productive department. We works towards a large scale concert each term and there are many other events we contribute to, both in and out of school including a musical theatre production in collaboration with the Drama, D&T and Art departments.

We are now also offering the BTEC Level 3 in Music and NCFE Level 3 in Music Technology. Both are vocational coursework and are coursework heavy, but also now include exams in year 13.

Music BTEC - focuses on the music industry and what it takes to work within the industry along with performance and composition opportunities. The Music BTEC also allows for students to specialise in one area that really interests them, allowing them to explore this in detail. This qualification is for students wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the music sector or in the creative sectors as a whole. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A level and provides a coherent course of study covering both the music industry and performance.

NCFE Music Technology - enables learners to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of working in the music technology sector. Learning is through hands-on creative experiences related to the world of a performing musician and music technologist. It is an exact equivalent to 1 A Level and has the same grade weightings for UCAS – Pass mark same as C grade, Merit mark same as B grade, Distinction grade same as A grade. Students complete 6 mandatory units which give them an understanding of how the music industry works as well as practical experience using the recording studio. The course prepares students for a wide range of music and music technology degrees focussing on more popular music courses as well as transferable skills that will be useful for any degree and skills for the workplace.