St Georges Church of England Academy

St George's
Church of England Academy



Welcome to our Music page!

At St George's, music plays a really important part in school.  We love to sing  and all classes have a music lesson each week. Many of our children also have violin or brass lessons.

Our vision is to provide an excellent, well-rounded education which celebrates academic, emotional and spiritual achievement and prepares everyone to fulfil their full potential in an inclusive environment in God’s World.

Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20

As stated in the new ‘National Plan for Education’ (2022) Music is a cornerstone of the broad and balanced education that every child should receive. It touches hearts and minds, it celebrates and challenges, and it connects us and moves us At St George’s, our Music curriculum is underpinned by the above statement and we believe that Music is an essential part of children’s development throughout the school, from our youngest children in Nursery, through to the young adults we hand over to the next phase of their lifelong journey. We use a combination of class teaching, specialist teaching and use Get Set4Music as a resource to support teaching.

The following aims are embedded within our teaching and are central to the engaging lessons where our children encounter a range of opportunities to explore music in all its forms.

We aim for all pupils to:

• perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

• learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

• understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

• be taught by a music specialist, ensuring high quality and confident teaching with high expectations.

• have opportunities to sing and play in ensembles. All instrumentalists and singers have the opportunity to learn within a group environment; both in school and out of school, through sign posting to the local Hub led ensembles.

At St George’s, our intent is to provide a high quality music education which enables children to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Our aim is to provide a music curriculum that engages and inspires pupils to nurture their talent as musicians. The children gain a strong understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, different cultures and musical genres.

We encourage children at St George’s to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as the understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.

We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.


On Thursday 30th March, St George's had some pupils participate in the Durham Music Service Showcase Concert at the Sage, Gateshead. This is one of the largest and most prestigious concert venues in the world! The children performed to a sell-out audience, in front of over 1600 people! Our pupils performed in a number of ensembles; Darlington Training Choir and Darlington String orchestra. We have heard from both parents and DMS staff about how fantastic the performances were; the children played and behaved beautifully. WELL DONE to all involved and keep up the great work! 
Thursday 19th January 
Music Celebration: 
To celebrate a love of music all brass and violin players participated in a celebratory performance for parents and guardians. We were joined by Ian Robinson (Former Deputy of Durham Music) who awarded certificates for the children's progress. The Year 4 brass and string players all received their very first DMS Star certificate! Well done to the Year 5 and 6 pupils who all received their next DMS level certificate. Excellent achievements by all.  
The Year 4 brass players performed: 
- Hot Cross Buns 
- Mr Cool 
- We Will Rock You 
The Year 5 brass players performed: 
- This Old Man 
- Frere Jacques 
The Year 6 brass players performed: 
- Give Me Joy 
- Faberoonie 
The Year 4 violinists players performed: 
- In Flight
- Blast Off
The Year 5 violinists players performed: 
- Twinkle Twinkle 
- Fit as a Fiddle
The Year 4 violinists players performed: 
- Distant Bells
- Soualle
What a wonderful performance St George's!
Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Learning Trust

St. George's Church of England Academy is a member of the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Learning Trust which is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and an exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building Cable Dean Royal Quays North Shields Tyne and Wear NE29 6DE