Creative Arts

The Creative Arts department strives to encourage engagement and enthusiasm for the arts.

It strives to create opportunities for the intellectual, personal and social development of all students so that they may realise their full potential and become responsible and fulfilled members of the school, the community and of society around them.

The faculty attempts to achieve this through:

  • Creating interesting, engaging and challenging schemes of work in accordance with the national curriculum;
  • Ensuring that policies regarding equal opportunities, race and gender are all upheld.
  • By giving all students, whatever their ability a sense of achievement and success through their learning and activity.
  • Encouraging all students to develop the ability to work with others as well as independently.
  • Encouraging students to take responsibility for equipment and their surroundings.
  • Providing opportunities for students to perform for their peers and for the wider community.
  • Providing extended opportunities beyond the curriculum for engagement and enjoyment of the arts.

Dance, Drama and Music are taught within the Creative Arts to all Key Stage 3 students.
In KS3, Dance is taught within the PE curriculum on a rotation system; Drama and Music are taught on a rotation system with students receiving one lesson a week for half a year throughout KS3. 

In KS4 students are able to opt for:

BTEC Music Award
BTEC Performing Arts Dance
GCSE Music
GCSE Drama




Dance is delivered in KS3 as a part of the PE curriculum. It is delivered via cross-curricula themes that can help students not only learn the key skills in Dance, but also support what they may be learning in other subject areas. 

Topics of study are as follows:

  • Year 7 – Shape, Tetris, Raindrops.
  • Year 8 – Capoeira, Street dance, Parkour.
  • Year 9 – Conflict, Lindy hop, Into the Hoods.


In Drama, students develop skills and knowledge to respond imaginatively to stimuli, work effectively in groups and perform with confidence in front of an audience.

Topic areas are designed to engage students in a variety of issues, literature and historical events, through practical exploration and performance.

Topics of study are as follows:

  • Year 7 – Developing group work and introduction to dramatic devices. Bullying, the Witches Spell (from Macbeth), Evacuees
  • Year 8 – Genre – Theatre in Education, Horror, Pantomime and physical theatre.
  • Year 9 – Devising and performing - The Club, Romeo and Juliet, devising from a stimulus.


The KS3 curriculum has been revised recently with emphasis on practical work and music theory along with a more in-depth study of chosen aspects and genres of music ensuring the national curriculum is followed. Theory is backed up by a predominantly practical curriculum which prepares students for either BTEC or GCSE Music. There is a strong emphasis upon self-management and acquiring transferable skills.

Topics of study are as follows:

  • Year 7 – Rhythm and Pulse, Pitch and Melody, The Orchestra and Graphic Scores
  • Year 8 – Roots of R&B, Baroque Music and Canon, Ostinato Rap
  • Year 9 – Music for Film, Chords and Melody, Musical Ensemble Skills

Music Knowledge Organisers
Year 7 Instruments and the Orchestra
Year 7 Pitch and Melody
Year 7 Rhythm Pulse
Year 7 The inter-related Dimensions of Music
Year 8 The Canon Texture and Baroque Music
Year 8 The Roots of R&B
Year 9 Chords and Melody
Year 9 Film Music and Advertising
Year 9 Musical Ensemble Skills

Additionally, there are a large range of extra-curricular activities including daily, free music clubs. There are subsidised instrument lessons available and other opportunities.  Our two orchestra scholarship groups, in Year 8 and 10, have in depth music study orchestral training, large ensemble playing and other extra enrichment opportunities.



BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts Level 1/ Level 2, specialising in Dance, is designed to develop a broad range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a successful working life in the dance industry. Students will be required to learn professional dance repertoire, study three set professional works and create their own choreography.

There are three components within the course, where students will build up a portfolio of evidence:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

This is internally assessed and externally moderated and worth 30% of the final grade. Component 1 is theory and writing based. 

Throughout the Component learners will develop their understanding of the Performing Arts by examining and analysing practitioner's’ work and the processes used to create performances. The set works will cover a variety of styles and genres and learners will be required to compare and contrast the constituent features. 

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

This is internally assessed and externally moderated and worth 30% of the final grade. This component is practically based, and learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the accurate replication of professional set work.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

This is externally assessed and is worth 40% of the final grade.

This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. Learners will apply their skills and techniques creatively to a workshop performance for a selected audience. They will capture their ideas on planning, development and effectiveness of the performance process in a written log and an evaluation report.

A task worth 60 marks is completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of three hours.

For assessment, learners are given a brief and stimulus to create performance material. In groups consisting of a minimum of three and a maximum of seven members, learners respond to the stimulus and create a workshop performance that communicates ideas and creative intentions to a target audience of their choice.


GCSE Drama gives the opportunity to explore issues and gain understanding of people and the world around us. The aim is to become an accomplished performer, a creative collaborator and have the ability to write effective evaluation.

The course has 3 components (please see link below for further details.)

Component 1 – Devising Theatre (40%)
Component 2 – Performing from a Text (20%)
Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre (40%)


GCSE Music (Edexcel) is a course which develops musical knowledge, understanding and skills through performing, composing and studying different musical genres by applying knowledge of music theory and musical context.

Component 1: Performing. Students perform on their instrument in both solo and ensemble situations (30%)

Component 2: Composing. Students learn composition skills and compose two pieces, one to a theme set by the exam board and one free choice composition (30%)

Component 3: Appraising. There are 4 areas of study – Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Fusions. These are investigated through theory lesson and both knowledge and listening skills are examined at the end of year 11 (40%)

BTEC Music (Edexcel) is designed to develop a broad range of vocational skills via practical and assignment-based work. There are two core units and two optional units that are chosen to build up the qualification.  Students will study the following units:

Unit 1 - “The Music Industry” (Core Unit set by Edexcel), one-hour exam June Year 10. (25%)

This is assessed on: Exam, Research and presentation, report writing.

Unit 2 - “Managing a Music Product” (Core Unit set by Edexcel). (25%)

This is assessed on: Individual roles and group work within the organisation and preparation of a musical concert in Year 11.

Unit 4 - “Introducing Music Composition” (Optional Unit) (25%)

This is assessed on: Compositional work to a brief, presentation of compositional work, use of Music Technology.

Unit 5 - “Introducing Music Performance” (Optional Unit) (25%)

This is assessed on: Ensemble performance, On-going evaluation and reflection rehearsal and organisational skills



Registered Exam Board


BTEC Performing Arts Dance


BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music and GCSE Music


GCSE Drama


Arts Award, Woodwind Exams

Trinity College London

Drum Graded Exams

Trinity College London
Rock School

Guitar Graded Exams

Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT)

Vocal Graded Exams

Rock School

Piano, Strings, Brass Exams



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There is a thriving and extensive extra-curricular programme in the Creative Arts with support staff also involved in delivering/supporting activities. We pride ourselves on being able to offer this to all students totally free.

Currently we offer the following clubs. All groups have the opportunity to work towards a performance throughout the year:






Drum Club



Guitar Club



KS3 Drama Club



Orchestra rehearsal



Dance Academy



BTEC Music Study Support
Keyboard Club

Throughout the week, we also encourage students to book time in our six fully equipped practice rooms, so that they may develop their musical and band skills.

They may also utilise our ICT facilities to work on their project work.

We host many performances throughout the year in which students from across the school can get involved.


Who can get involved

What do students do

Other details

School production

All students can audition or apply for roles within our annual production. We pride ourselves on this being totally inclusive of age, experience and ability.

Students will undertake regular rehearsals throughout the year, guided and directed by our team of experienced and dedicated staff.  Students can also be involved with backstage and technical roles for which they will undertake training.  Our most able students also have the opportunity to take on roles as assistant directors and choreographers to the staff, allowing them to lead and train their peers for the show.  

The school production works on a bi-annual system.
The first year will be a school musical.  In the past shows have included; Bugsy Malone, Annie and the Wizard of Oz, amongst others.

The second year is a themed faculty showcase, which allows us to produce a show drawing on the many talents across the school in Dance, Drama and Music.

Music Spotlight

Year 10 and 11 BTEC Music Students + Selected students from KS3 as performers.

Additional Year 10 and 11 students get involved as support for the evening.

As a part of the BTEC Music course, students in Year 11 plan, organise,  host and perform at an annual spotlight with support from staff. They are also responsible for organising and working with the Year 10 and selected KS3 performers to ensure they are ready for the evening too.
Students can also support as technicians and backstage support.

Year 10 and 11 students are also assessed as a part of their course.

Dance Showcase

Year 10 and 11 BTEC Dance Students.

Additional Year 10 and 11 students get involved as support for the evening.

As a part of the Dance BTEC course, students will perform an evening of dance ranging from set exam board pieces, pieces choreographed by staff and pieces choreographed by the students.
Students can also support as technicians and backstage support.

Year 10 and 11 students are also assessed as a part of their course.

Drama Showcase

Year 11 GCSE Drama students

Additional Year 10 and 11 students get involved as support for the evening.

As a part of GCSE Drama, students undertake many weeks of preparation, ready to perform to an external examiner. The Drama Showcase is a fantastic opportunity to share all their hard work with friends and family in an evening of short dramatic works.
Students can also support as technicians and backstage support.

The Session

All students can audition or apply for roles within The Session.

Year 10 Music BTEC students take part as organisers of the event, but can also use it as a performance opportunity.

Any student can be placed on a waiting list of performers for the session. They are then chosen based on time readiness to perform.

Students can also support as technicians and backstage support.

The session takes place 3 times a year (once each term). It was founded as a platform for all students interested in music to perform in front of a live audience.

Peripatetic Music Lessons

Our policy is to offer a schedule of music instrument lessons to students who show an interest at key stage 3 and compulsory instrument lessons for BTEC students during Year 10 and 11.

Key stage 3 lessons are significantly subsidised and a nominal charge of £3.00 is made each lesson. Year 10 students do not pay. Additional support is available if families face financial difficulties.

All students also have the opportunity to work towards recognised Music Grade exams.


Sarah Jane Hunter – Curriculum leader: Creative arts; Lead Teacher in Drama.
Paul Bacon - Lead Teacher in Music.
Rachel East - Lead Teacher in Dance; Teacher in PE.
Michael Rule – Head of Year 9, Teacher of Music and Food.
Kassandra Mayes – Teacher in Dance; Teacher in PE.
Steven Peach – Creative Arts Technician; Registered Arts Award Advisor.

There is also a team of experienced and talented peripatetic staff who visit weekly to teach instrumental lessons.


Mr Bacon (Music) – [email protected]
Ms Hunter (Drama) - [email protected]
Ms East (Dance) – [email protected]