Music has a high profile at Hillside and we invest considerably in this curriculum area by employing specialist music teachers to deliver weekly lessons to all pupils. In addition to curriculum music lessons the school has a Recorder Ensemble, City Songbirds group and pop Choir. They enjoy performing at different school and community events during the year.

Pupils also receive opportunities to perform during our music lessons and you will often hear class rock groups performing riffs on their guitars and accompanied by pupils accessing our drum kit.

Pupils often comment at how much fun their lessons are and as a result our standards of performance are noted as being exceptionally high.


Music Medals Guitar Programme.
Children at Hillside participate in weekly guitar music medals sessions currently taking place during a lunchtime, taught by Mr Bromfield.
Music Medals are accredited assessments and teaching resources which aim to encourage pupils to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to perform music.
Further information concerning Walton’s Way Sound Foundation and Music Medals can be found here:

On Thursdays, at quarter past twelve till quarter past one, a group of children are taught to play the guitar by Mr Bromfield. – “It’s really fun when we get taught to play guitars by Mr Bromfield because he comes in as often as possible. “ – Keira-Leigh (y4) and William (y5).

Rock Band

On Thursdays after school, Mr Bromfield comes into Hillside to teach a group of children how to play together as a band. Hillside Rock (the name of the band) have recently competed in a Rock Off with other Stoke-on-Trent schools, and with only three weeks of practise they won the competition!

“It’s a great privilege being in the Rock Band but it’s unfortunate that in a few short months I’ll be going into High School and will no longer be able to participate. I wish the next generation of rock band members lots of luck though.”
– Ava (Y6).


During a Tuesday morning, Mr Hollingshurst teaches a large group of children to play music on the recorder.

”Every year we go to the recorder festival at Victoria hall to play various pieces of music and are accompanied by 16 other schools”- Izaak (Y6).
“ I enjoy recorders because we get to play different pieces of music and if ever we get confused, Mr Hollingshurst is always glad to help”-Olivia (Y6)


On a Wednesday afternoon (during lunchtime) Mr Hall teaches children from Years three to six to sing together as a choir. The children are very talented and enthusiastic- just like their teacher-Mr Hall. They enjoy performing at various events and always receive fantastic feedback.

“ I enjoy coming to Choir because we get to sing pop song and take part in competitions” – Ellie-Mae (Y6)


During Tuesday lunchtimes, Mr Hollingshurst teaches children from Year one to three how to sing together as a group. Twice a year they perform in concerts at the Victoria Hall, which are always great fun.

“I like songbirds because we get to do lots of singing!” – Maisie (Y1)