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 Edexcel Drama

We also, in collaboration with the faculty of Art, now offer Arts Award.



Dance is delivered in an active and practical fashion. 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.
Dance is delivered in KS3 as a part of the PE curriculum.
Topics of study are as follows:

  • Year 7 – Shape, Tetris
  • Year 8 – Capoeira, Heroes
  • Year 9 – Conflict


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 – Bullying, the Witches Spell (from Macbeth), Evacuees
  • Year 8 – Metamorphosis, Slavery, Consequences
  • Year 9 – Regret, Conflict (by exploring Romeo and Juliet), Henry VIII


Since moving to BTEC for KS4 studies the KS3 curriculum has been revised, with more emphasis on practical work and learning theory through discovery, ensuring the national curriculum is followed. Modern `Musical Futures` style, band skills lessons are an integral part of the KS3 music teaching, with a strong emphasis upon self-management and acquiring transferable skills.

Topics of study are as follows:

  • Year 7 – Rhythm and Pulse, Pitch and Melody, Introduction to musical futures
  • Year 8 – Roots of R&B, Chords and Melody, Ostinato Rap
  • Year 9 – Band Skills 1, Band Skills 2, Music for Film

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



BTEC 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.

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

Unit 1 - “Individual Showcase”

This is assessed on a letter of application in response to stimuli and choreography of two pieces of dance in response to stimuli under controlled conditions. (Externally assessed)

Unit 2 - “Preparation, performance and production”

This is assessed on choreography and performance in groups based on a professional work.

Unit 4 - “Dance Skills”

This is assessed on a study of two styles leading to two short performances.


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

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

Unit 1 – Drama Exploration (30%)
Unit 2 – Exploring Play Texts (30%)
Unit 3 – Drama Performance (40%)




BTEC Music 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.


Qualification Registered Exam Board Website
BTEC Performing Arts Dance Edexcel
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music Edexcel
GCSE Drama Edexcel
Arts Award 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 Graded Exams ABRSM


Site Useful for Website Link
Andrew Thompson Music Music/Guitar Music
BBC Bitesize Drama
Theatrecrafts Drama
Creative Arts Blog Creative Arts
Creative Arts Twitter Creative Arts


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:

Day Time Club
Monday 15:00-16:00 Drum Club
Tuesday 15:00-16:00 Guitar Club
Tuesday 15:00-16:00 KS3 Drama Club
Wednesday 15:00-16:00 Pitch Perfect (Singing Club)
Wednesday 15:00-16:00 BTEC Music Study Support
Wednesday 15:00-16:00 Dance Academy
Thursday 15:00-16:00 Keyboard Club
Thursday 15:00-16:00 Bhangra Beats

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.

Performance 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 pieces performed would have been assessed at 40% of the GCSE Grade.
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 – Teacher in Music.
Kassandra Mayes – Teacher in Dance; Teacher in PE.
Steven Peach – Creative Arts Technician; Registered Arts Award Advisor.

There is also a team of peripatetic staff;

Romeo Challenger –Drums Teacher
Andy Thompson –Guitar Teacher
Kate Szejnmann – Vocal Teacher
Andy Price – Piano Teacher


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