Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyRT @cliftongreenps: Here they are...the wonderful students from @ValeYorkAcademy who have helped make our sports days run so smoothly. Tha…2 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyWe are extremely proud of our students, it’s great to hear - we’re very pleased we can support our feeder primaries :) days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyMassive thanks to Mrs Zulkarnain, Mr Jenkin, Mrs Cooper, Mr Vine from @ValeYorkAcademy and Miss Dixon, Miss Chambers, Mrs Lancaster, Mr Lancaster and Mr Sheridan from @AHSYork ! Dofe of was a huge successs down to their support! Mr Rampling & Mr Goldsmith really appreciate it! 👌 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyTeam 1,2 and 6 - the lads!! Raring to go and crack the day! Great teamwork lads and let’s get to stillington! #proud days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyTeam 3,4,5 heading out - the 3 girls teams! After a fairly good sleep it’s now time to put navigation to the test! Good luck girls 👍 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyLast one of camp life on day 2! All teams out by 9am and raring to complete it in good time! Lots of breaky options - porridge, noddles, cereal and croissants 🥐 mmmmmm! days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyEarly mornings are tough on Dofe! At 6.30 it’s hard to smile but by 7am it’s was beaming smiles :) great campcraft to get packed up and sorted :) days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyDay 2 Bronze Dofe! Morning campers :) students and staff were up by 6.30am to pack down and get ready to head out. Suns out again - set to be warm! Proud of the students 🥇 days ago
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Vale of York Academy
Vale of York Academy
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Manor CE Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary



Key stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (KS3) students can expect to be challenged in their performance skills from the very beginning using a number of instruments including voice, ukuleles, keyboards and drums. They are introduced to a variety of music and given opportunities to listen, compose and create.

 Year 7Year 8
Half term 1Baseline assessment: Mahler Symphony No. 1Film Music
Half term 2The Voice and Christmas ConcertBaroque Music
Half term 3Chromatics: Flight of the BumblebeeBlues
Half term 4African Drumming 1African Drumming 2
Half term 5Counting SongsPop Music: Decades
Half term 6UkulelePop Music: Decades & Songwriting

Students will study Music for one hour per week at Key Stage 3.

GCSE Music

At Key Stage 4 (KS4) our students follow the AQA GCSE Music course. The specification can be found here:

The course provides an opportunity to develop and apply musical knowledge and skills through a wide variety of genres with an emphasis on practical music-making.

The subject content is divided into three components:

  • Understanding Music (40%)
  • Performing Music (30%)
  • Composing Music (30%)
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Career pathways

Post-16, students will be able to move on to A-Level Music and/or Music Technology. From there they can access a plethora of degree courses relating to everything from classical music to jazz, pop, folk, studio engineering and electronic music. Both music and music technology are useful in many career pathways and this GCSE course is an ideal starting point for those considering a career in music.

Instrumental Tuition

York Music Service is the primary provider of tuition at Vale of York Academy offering instrumental and vocal lessons for all ages and abilities on a wide range of instruments including voice. Lessons take place during the school day on a rotation and can be differing lengths dependent on need. Financial assistance may be offered in certain circumstances.

All students studying Music at GCSE level are advised to seek instrumental or vocal tuition to assist with the 30% performance coursework.

Please speak to Mrs Brady for further information or visit

Extra-curricular activities

At present there is a School Band and a Choir which are available to all students. A lunchtime music pass enables students to access the music department for support, practice and rehearsal time.

A programme of concerts and a Musical is planned for 2017-18 (see school calendar for further details).

Keep in touch

Subject Lead for Music is Mrs Pip Brady who can be contacted by email at


Y10 GCSE DT Focussed Design and Make activity. So great to see how well the students respond to the context.…