At Rushden Academy, we deliver music as part of the curriculum in KS3 with the option to continue music studies into KS4 and further. Within the performing arts corridor it’s common to hear the assorted sounds of music being played all day as we pride our subject of teaching music in a practical, engaging way; letting students explore sound for themselves and learning through a ‘hands on’ approach. We have a constant team of peripatetic staff who join us weekly to offer lessons in a variety of instruments. These range from orchestral strings through to guitar, drums and even DJ-ing. We offer students a wealth of opportunities to perform, whether that be in our recently launched singing group or in our school show orchestra; we also open the music room at lunch times for students to rehearse their own music and we have a practise room available for students to rehearse in their own self run bands. We have regular showcases in which students can perform throughout the year and extra performance opportunities for events held in Rushden Academy.





I like in Music that I have fun whilst learning.

Lucy - Student

I really enjoy music lessons because it’s really fun and I get to show my creative side.

Molly - Student

I find my brass lessons very informative and I understand everything that is being asked.  The music teachers are great and easy to talk to.

Emily - Student

There are lots of extra-curricular activities for music.  Music is well-integrated into other areas of Performing Arts and we always perform in the school shows.  The group of students studying GCSE Music are very close, like a family.  The (instrumental) lessons are extensive and cover many different instruments.

Rebecca - Student

Supporting your Child

Encourage your son/daughter to practise their instrument on a regular basis

Perform with other young musicians. Groups such as the Northamptonshire county ensembles and Saturday music schools are ideal.

Encourage your son/daughter to attend concerts to listen to live music.

Listen to a wide range of music

Provide practise opportunities for keyboard work – access to a keyboard or piano is ideal, but keyboard apps for smartphones and tablets are also suitable.

Take your son/ daughter to listen to live music whenever possible.

Encourage your son/ daughter to support the college productions or attend local performances in the area.

Support your son/daughter if they want to learn to play an instrument. There are many ways of learning from internet tuition to school lessons.

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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