St Mary's enjoys an outstanding reputation for music and is blessed with excellent facilities in a purpose-built four-storey music school. A delightful recital room with panoramic views and rewarding acoustics sits above 15 dedicated practice rooms all with modern pianos, and a state-of-the art studio is equipped with the latest technology for recording and composition. The Chapel, at the heart of the school, is the main concert venue, and with each boarding house having a piano, music is heard in both formal and informal settings throughout the day.

The Fourth Form curriculum includes music as an academic subject each week.  The lessons centre around practical, skill-based learning, supported by rigorous, scholarly understanding.


The first year curriculum comprises:

• An introduction to Garageband/the 4-chord song
• Spirituals
• African drumming

Girls in the second year study:
• Samba
• Programme music 
• Boogie woogie

The third year curriculum includes:
• Blues
• Songwriting
• Film music
• Minimalism
• Gamelan

GCSE and A Level Music

Older girls choose Music as an option, following the Edexcel GCSE and A Level specifications. Academic results are outstanding at GCSE and A Level, the small class sizes (typically 7 at GCSE and 3 at A Level) allowing individuals to flourish.  Girls regularly go on to read Music at the leading universities, and girls routinely go on to hold choral scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge colleges. 

Mrs Rebecca Cavill (Director of Music)