Our Art lessons focus on the premise of creativity being a fundamental human trait, along with the development of the individual. The department is staffed by highly motivated artists whose strength is derived from a deep rooted enjoyment of art and who pride themselves on the success of the subject in the school.
At key stage 3, students will explore a range of skills with a focus on traditional drawing, painting and print making. Three nights a week, the art studios are open for all key stage 4 students to develop portfolios further, with lunchtime sessions available for all students to work on their art projects.
Students in key stage 3 Dance are able to use complex movement patterns based on different dance styles, which allows them to refine their technical and expressive skills. Students are able to work to different accompaniments to show sensitivity to the style and create dances using key terminology to communicate the ideas and meanings. Students also view professional works and analyse and interpret the performances, improving their skills to recognise cultural and historical contexts of dance forms.
There are weekly Dance clubs for key stage 3 students, including street dance and cheerleading, as well as a boys break-dance club. We also have a gifted and talented dance group called ‘Believe the Hype’ which continues to grow in popularity year on year.
Students are given the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills within a high quality Drama curriculum. Responding to different topics and performance, Drama provides an opportunity for students to express themselves through a creative medium, learn vital team skills and appreciate the art form.
Students in years 7 to 9 are able to develop complex characters within a range of different disciplines. Gradually building confidence, speech, and communication skills, students perform structured stories based upon a variety of stimuli.
Students are given the opportunity to explore wider social issues and make links with other curriculum areas. They also learn about the variety of skills required of a performer and how to use accurate terminology to reflect upon their work and the work of others. All students explore styles such as mime, mask work and Commedia Dell’arte, and build on their knowledge of dramatic conventions to develop skilled pieces of theatre.
The Creative and Expressive Arts department also runs a variety of clubs and has produced successful musicals including The Wizard of Oz and Joseph. The department works collaboratively towards various shows and productions which take place in the academy and throughout the wider community.
Music is a lively and creative subject and students focus on three main areas – performing, composing, and listening and appraising – allowing them to develop skills as well as creativity and confidence.
At key stage 3 students focus on developing skills that can be applied to all aspects of music. Students are given the opportunity to work both as individuals and also in groups, to develop musical awareness.
Keyboard skills become a focus throughout year 7 allowing everyone the opportunity to play an instrument. As students progress through year 8 and year 9, they focus on specific styles of music, look at the history of popular music, and study the music of different cultures from around the world.
Students have the opportunity to learn an instrument with private music teachers who visit the school to give individual specialised lessons. Instruments range across all disciplines of vocals, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano and strings.