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A thriving, vibrant and creative hub, this specialist music department nurtures talent and interest to inspire high quality music making and maximise achievement. We are based in a new state-of-the-art Music Block which opened in September 2010 as part of the 'Arts Complex' in North Wing. Superb opportunities to showcase our students have included professional collaborations at prestigious venues.  For example, St. John's, Smith Square in March 09 and the Barbican Centre in February 09 (world premiere) with Crouch End Festival Chorus. AS music students sustained an intriguing partnership with students from the Purcell School - a specialist school for gifted musicians, focussing on composition, peformance and competition throughout the academic year. In June 09 Year 7 students completed a highly successful collaboration with The English Pocket Opera Company in a public performance of Rossini's Cinderella. 

Learning traces the history of music in classical, popular and world genres, strengthened by a wider experience of music in the community and the music profession. The curriculum challenges musicianship, technical skill and intellectual application through diversity, detail and high expectations. The popularity of Music is reflected in the large numbers that opt to study the subject at KS4 and KS5, with growing numbers entering music conservatoires and pursuing careers in the music profession.

A fully equipped recording studio enables students to engage in high level composition, recording and sequencing work. Since the introduction of BTEC music technology the department has fostered professional links with The Roundhouse, leading to a collaboration with top professional producer Jim Carey who broadcast students' work on BBC3.

With a a highly dedicated and expert team of 4 music staff and 20 visiting instrumental/ vocal teachers, excellent opportunities exist for ensembles and extension activities, with a real focus on seeking out and nurturing talent. The range of extra curricular music groups are extensive, plus an array of independent groups formed by highly-motivated students.  Over 250 students benefit from high quality individual instrumental/ vocal lessons that take place each week. International music tours are a highlight of our calendar. Previous tours have included: Italy, France, Ireland, Spain, China, and most recently Salzburg in October 08. In September 2008 the department launched the new FMC (Fortismere Music Centre) on Saturday mornings. This is an exciting new venture offering students and the local community instrumental/vocal tuition, workshops, seminars and performance opportunities.


Topics covered will include:

  • Musical Elements & the Classroom Orchestra
  • Word Setting and Melody writing
  • Music technology
  • Harmony: chords and chord progressions
  • Music in the Media
  • Twentieth Century Art Music & World Dance Music


Our students study the Edexcel 2MU01 course, covering:

  1. Western classical music 1600-1899
  2. Music in the 20th century
  3. Popular Music
  4. World Music
  • Unit 1: Performing music, 30%
  • Unit 2: Composing music, 30%
  • Unit 3: Listening and Appraising paper, 40%

Post 16

Exam Board = Edexcel 8MU01 (new specification Sep 2008)

AS Music

  • Unit 1: Performing
  • Unit 2: Composition
  • Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding

A2 Music

  • Unit 4: Performing
  • Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study
  • Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding

Contact the Music Department

Ogilby, Ms S Head of Music

Lavelle, Mr N

Music Teacher

Le Brun, Ms M Music Teacher

Extra Curricular

View the timetable here.

All ensemble activities take place in the Music Block.

To enquire about instrumental and vocal lessons, please email: Alternatively you can download an application form.

Music Centre - Saturday Only

Fortismere Music Centre (FMC) is run by the FMC Manager, who will supervise the music centre each week.  We 'buy in' the services of experienced tutors from Haringey Music and Performing Arts Centre to teach at Fortismere on a Saturday morning. All tutors currently work in primary and secondary schools throughout the borough. As such they have a unique insight into assessing the needs of local children as well as providing an creative and inclusive environment. Most tutors are professional musicians and are equally able to offer excellent adult tuition.

Download an application form for FMC Saturday sessions →