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Stephens Drive, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS30 7JB


J Caunter

Music and the Performing Arts

Music and the Performing Arts are strengths of the school. This was recognised by OFSTED and our Gold Artsmark award.

We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. We believe that singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them musical notation and how to compose music.



We have achieved the Arts Council England ARTSMARK GOLD AWARD. We were first awarded this in 2005 and then again in 2008. Artsmark Awards are given to schools that, following an audit of its arts provision, are recognised as providing a progressive, well balanced arts education programme. The Artsmark Gold status is the highest level awarded.

How we achieved our Gold Award

  • We  hold a bi-annual performance, all KS2 children are involved and are truly professional!
  • We have regular themed days:
  • We have a bi-annual ‘Story week’. During the week we do lots of drama and story activities. At the end of the week everybody dresses up in story costume.
  • Singing of a very high quality can be heard in lessons, assemblies and during choir practice.
  • There is a strong music tradition at Barrs Court. We take great pride in performing well both in school and at public events.
  • Many of our children play instruments such as the recorder, violin, keyboard and flute. Many of the adults play an instrument also, a staff band perform and play instruments to enhance the teaching of music throughout school.
  • We have an ‘Arts Week’ every year.
  • Every year our exceptional school choir performs at the Colston Hall in Bristol and with the Bendix Band at Christmas.
  • We listen to a wide range of music from different periods of history and from different cultures.
  • We have many opportunities to play a variety of instruments.
  • Well chosen music help pupils to plan and perform dances confidently.