Expressive Arts - Art, Drama and Music


Examples of a range of work include:

Year 13 Self Image

Year 12 Magnification

Year 11 GCSE

Year 10 GCSE Cultural

Year 10 Surreal

Year 8 Fruit

Year 8 Rousseau

Year 7 Illuminated letters

Year 7 Faces Printing

At Key Stage 4  students can choose to study the Edexcel GCSE Art and Design Fine Art.

At Key Stage 5 students can choose to study Edexcel AS Level and A2 Level in Fine Art and Edexcel AS Level and A2 Level in Photography.

For further information contact Ms Evans.


The Drama Department has a strong history of results and performances. The department believes that continuous improvement and high expectations will be sustained by a culture of honesty, openness and trust which is challenging, supportive and inclusive; develops character, responsibility and commitment; celebrates and rewards effort, progress and achievement at all levels; applauds confidence and performance; encourages analysis from different perspectives; tackles issues with sensitivity and respect

Schemes of Work/Topics Covered in Lessons

Year 7 – Mime & Movement, Hangem Hall, The Forbidden Planet, Comedy Improvisation, Silent Movies and Stage Fighting

Year 8 – Bullying & Conflict, Soap Operas, Something on the Dark Side, Stone Cold and Murder will Out

Year 9 – Fame & Fortune, All The Fun Of The Fair, Macbeth, Whatever and Romeo & Juliet

At Key Stage 4 students study the Edexcel Drama syllabus:

  • Positive – A Play about relationships
  • War & Conflict Workshop
  • Of Mice & Men Workshop
  • Theatre Visit & Review


At Key Stage 5 students study

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in performing Arts Level 3 (Acting).

Students develop their own work and performances currently based on:

  • Theatre for Children
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Performing to an Audience


A2 ALevel Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies

  • Students devise a piece of contemporary theatre (40%)
  • Students prepare for a final written examination based on Lysistrata by Aristophanes and their research into Elizabethan And Jacobean Theatre (60 %)


For further information please contact Mr D Mainwaring.


In Key Stage 3 students explore a wide range of musical traditions.

In Year 7 they develop generic theoretical skills which are delivered in a practical and musical way. Students study the history of Western Art Music, focusing specifically on performing music from the Renaissance and Baroque Periods, Impressionism, Minimalism and Expressionism. For composing exercises, they have the opportunity to compose music employing tools from Impressionism, such as whole tone scales and augmented chords, and employing conventions associated with minimalism and expressionism.

In Year 8 students learn about folk music traditions from a range of different countries; including the British Isles, the Caribbean, Russia, America, the South Sea Islands, India and Africa. They will perform music from these different countries and engage in composing folk songs, employing particular musical styles and traditions inherent within the culture of these countries.

In Year 9 students engage in performing and composing music from a range of pop music styles, broadly arranged as a History of Pop Music. Naturally, this includes composing their own pop songs. Later on in the year they also have the opportunity to compose music for a film, which develops their knowledge and understanding of the conventions film music composers face.

In Key Stage 4, we offer the BTEC Firsts in Music, specifically the Level 2 Certificate and the Level 2 Extended Certificate, although some students, who attend out of hours clubs, have managed to attain the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music.

With regard to Post-16 qualifications we offer the BTEC Level 3 Certificate, the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing and the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Music Technology (Events Support).

For further information please contact Mr J Mattacola.