Faculty of Expressive Arts

Introduction to faculty

Subjects - Art, Drama, Music, Performing Arts.

SKILLS - Learning in, through and about the expressive arts enables children and young people to:

•be creative and express themselves in different ways

•experience enjoyment and contribute to other people’s enjoyment through creative and expressive performance and presentation 

•develop confidence, self-awareness, resilience, persistence, creativity and a sense of identity - skills transferable to other aspects of their school and future lives

•enjoy the energy and excitement of performing and presenting for different audiences and being part of an audience with others

•develop an appreciation of cultural values, identities, and, for some, prepare for future careers

Exciting Elements – pupils have the opportunity to not only engage within creative and engaging classroom learning across a number of Expressive Arts areas in the school (e.g. bespoke Art facility, Drama Studio, Music room, Recording Studio, Practise rooms) but to participate in a range of extra curricular clubs, activities, concerts, trips and visits.

Faculty Achievements to Date – the faculty has an excellent track record of exam results and pupils often go on from their studies of Expressive Arts subjects to further education at college or university.  Often the opportunities they’ve been given by the faculty lead into life long hobbies and passions that enrich young people and adult’s lives.

External Agencies – the staff across the faculty are committed to providing additional opportunities for our children and young people.

Nursery Overview

Curriculum based – at this stage, children are learning through song.  They are taught creatively in all that they do with opportunities for role play and taking on characters (drama), singing songs and playing a range of percussion instruments (music) and using a range of different tools and resources to create art works.  This stage of learning forms the basis for everything they learn as they progress through the school, learning in such a practical and creative way provides an excellent foundation for them to progress.

Lower School Overview

Curriculum based – children build upon the creative way they have been learning during the nursery phase with increasing opportunities for Art, Music, Drama and Dance opportunities.  At Year 3, children receive a lesson per fortnight with our Music and Drama specialists who work on embedding skills and techniques as well as preparing for performances.

Middle School Overview

Curriculum based – children are mostly taught by their Caru Dysgu teacher but they also have regular lessons with the specialists from the faculty so they develop skills and techniques beyond their thematic work.  At this stage, the Expressive Arts subjects are not always taught separately, often one lesson may comprise some drama, art and music activities. 

Upper School Overview

Curriculum based – in Year 9 pupils further develop their skills and techniques in each of the Expressive Arts subjects which helps lead them to make decisions for further study at GCSE and BTEC.  They receive lessons for Art, Drama and Music with our specialists. The courses we currently offer are:  GCSE Art and Design;  BTEC Music; BTEC Performing Arts.  These are all very popular with excellent success rates.

Meet the Senior Staff :

Louise Williams

Head of Faculty

Kate Pearce

Deputy Head of Faculty - Performance

Cerianne Sandercock 

Deputy Head of Faculty - Art

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