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CAEThe Creative Arts Faculty offers students a range of courses and extra curricular activities which seek to nurture talent, self confidence and expression. We pride ourselves on the range of our provision, from the visual arts to performance and media. An exciting programme of productions, concerts, exhibitions, trips and workshops enhance students experience and we are always encouraging engagement with local and national audiences.

Academic results have been excellent in recent years and we are very proud of the growing number of students gaining regional and national acclaim for their talents- such as participation with the National Youth Theatre and English Contemporary Ballet. At the same time, all students are encouraged to take part, regardless of age or experience.


Facilities

The Creative Arts Faculty benefits from a range of purpose built rooms including four Art and Design rooms, two dark rooms, two music teaching rooms plus practice spaces, one performance studio and a media / film / photography ICT room.

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Key Stage 3

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  • Year 7

    Art

    The Year 7 curriculum introduces key formal elements to students through a range of projects. These projects encourage students to work both solely and as part of a group. They are introduced to basic key skills during unit 1 – the formal elements and then these are built on throughout the year. Each project is designed to enhance and build on initial skills taught going into greater depth whilst encouraging creative thinking, risk-taking and confidence. These skills include shading, accurate drawing, painting, print-making and 3D form. There are three baseline assessments over the course of the year which demonstrate progress and a growing understanding of techniques and media.

    Drama, Film Studies and Performing Arts

    The Year 7 curriculum introduces students to drama through a range of practical units, each one based over one term, six in total. Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) are intrinsic to the programme with students gaining confidence in language skills, group cooperation and problem solving. They are introduced to the main concepts of drama such as character, style, direction and staging. Units include: 'A New Start'; 'A Christmas Carol'; 'The Haunted Manor' and 'The Child Who Wouldn't Go To School'. Each unit culminates in an assessed performance for an audience and a written evaluation.

    Music

    The Year 7 curriculum introduces students to music through a range of practical units, each linked to building both skills and knowledge and will cover Performance, Composition and Listening and Musical Knowledge. Their focus for study will be: Scales and Modes, Timbre and Texture, Form and Structures. These are assessed throughout each lesson and as a final recording.

  • Year 8

    Art

    The Year 8 curriculum builds on the experience that students gain in Year 7 through more challenging and independent units. The units explore artists, art movements and techniques in greater depth than Year 7 through units such as 'identity and portraiture' and 'Cubism'. Through the Cubism project students are introduced to photography which enables them to build digital media into their work. More emphasis is placed on originality and students are expected to design their own conclusive artworks.

    Drama, Film Studies and Performing Arts

    The Year 8 curriculum builds on the experience that students gain in Year 7 through more challenging units. Again, the content includes personal and social education where students are required to form and discuss opinions about a range of topics and issues. The units explore styles and approaches to theatre in more depth and more emphasis is placed on the role of devising original pieces. Units include: 'Alcohol Awareness'; 'Shakespeare' and 'Storytelling Theatre'.

    Music

    The Year 8 curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge that students gain in Year 7 through more challenging units. Melody Writing and Motifs; World Music; Chords and Cadences. These are assessed throughout each lesson and as a final recording.

  • Year 9

    Art

    The Year 9 curriculum serves as an introduction to the Key Stage 4 art and design course that is available for students in years 10 and 11. Each termly unit explores a theme or phrase in which students are expected to research, develop, experiment and produce a conclusive piece. They are expected to undertake a similar approach to working as they would at GCSE level but with extra guidance and support. The level of challenge and independent working increases with more emphasis placed on creative thinking and problem solving. Units include: 'Fantastic and Strange' and 'Masks and Identity'. The final unit (title taken from the previous year's GCSE exam paper) allows students to work using a skill of their choice including print-making, 3D form etc.

    Drama, Film Studies and Performing Arts

    The Year 9 curriculum serves as an introduction to the Key Stage 4 courses that are available as optional subjects within drama, film studies and performing arts for students in years 10 and 11. Each termly unit explores a sample of the kind of work and study that would be undertaken in the subject at GCSE level. The level of challenge increases again with more emphasis being placed on professional conduct and the production of high quality outcomes for a variety of audiences. Units include: drama- from script to stage; film- learning to analyse film and creating short sequences of film. Performing Arts- responding to a stimulus and using a combination of art forms to create an original production.

    Music

    The Year 9 curriculum serves as an introduction to the KS4 courses that are available as an optional music subject in years 10 and 11. Each termly unit follows the GCSE outline and is marked to the same scheme. The level of challenge increases again with more emphasis being placed on professional conduct and the production of high quality outcomes whilst performing to an audience. Units include: Initial introduction to composition through popular music, solo performance, ensemble performance and finally a composition completed as an individual.

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Key Stage 4

Students may choose from the following options at GCSE level:

  • GCSE Drama (OCR)
  • GCSE Film Studies (WJEC)
  • GCSE Performing Arts (AQA)

All Key Stage 4 and 5 courses are supported by frequent theatre / cinema visits and workshops.

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  • Year 10

    GCSE Art (AQA)

    During year 10, students will develop both art and photographic knowledge and understanding through a variety of learning experiences and approaches, including experimentation with a wide range of media. This will allow them to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate their own ideas. Approaches will be explored through a variety of projects and starting points and students will be encouraged to explore the work of historical and contemporary artists and photographers. Students will respond to a range of artist developing their ideas and approaches to their artwork. Students will demonstrate and record these skills through the development, refinement, recording, realisation and presentation of their ideas through a portfolio worth 60% of the final GCSE grade.

    GCSE Drama (OCR)

    Students will be introduced to a range of performance styles and approaches to theatre. They will learn about acting techniques and how to rehearse and develop a range of scripts from analysis of the text to completed performance. Evaluation and reflection will be an important part of the work. They will begin to study the set text 'Find Me' and learn about reviewing theatre - following visits to professional venues. Students will also learn how to devise their own pieces of theatre from a range of stimuli, this work will result in the completion of coursework unit 1 which is worth 30% of the GCSE.

    GCSE Film Studies (WJEC)

    Year 10 students will explore the techniques filmmakers use to create meaning and write an analysis of a film of their choice with close attention to editing, cinematography or the use of sound. This will be supported by a creative project focussed on making a film pitch to working toward the production following industry practise.

    Technical Award in Performing Arts (AQA)

    Students will learn about the performing arts industry including job roles; performance skills and the financial and marketing aspects of the profession. They will develop skills in dance, drama and other areas such as make-up design, singing, direction and writing for performance. They will work in groups to create ideas for a new performance - considering all aspects such as plot; staging; audience; budgeting and publicity. They will then present their ideas to an audience and perform extracts from the piece. This project is worth 30% of the award.

    GCSE Music (AQA)

    Throughout years 10 and 11, students will develop their practice as a soloist and as part of an ensemble; these skills will be demonstrated through regular performances. They learn techniques leading to two compositions; they also extend their musical listening skills through focussed tasks and lessons.

  • Year 11

    GCSE Art (AQA)

    During year 11, students will continue to build on the skills and techniques they have worked with in year 10. An independent approach to their work will be expected as they build on and develop their individual strengths and artist preferences. During this time, they will opt to specialise in either art or photography. Towards the end of the course students will be given an exam paper with the option of 7 starting points. As with their coursework this will influence a body of work that will be realised during a 10 hour exam. This body of work will count towards 40% of the final GCSE grade.

    GCSE Drama (OCR)

    Students will build on the experiences of year 10 with further workshops on acting skills. They will develop two scenes from a chosen play making creative decisions about the style and content of each piece. They will also complete a concept proforma which outlines their aims and intentions for each performance. The pieces will be performed for a visiting examiner in March / April. This performance comprises 30% of the GCSE. Finally, students will sit a written exam at the end of the course which is focused on the set text 'Find Me' and a theatre review. The exam comprises the final 40% of the GCSE.

    GCSE Film Studies (WJEC)

    Year 11 students will develop their understanding of the film industry and how films are produced and marketed with particular reference to the Superhero genre. This is accompanied by a close study of a film outside of Hollywood and recently this has been the South African Film Tsotsi (Hood, 2005)

    Technical Award in Performing Arts (AQA)

    During year 11 students will build on their experiences in year 10 and work as theatre companies to produce original performing arts productions in response to a chosen theme. Students may work as writers / directors / performers or designers and they will collaborate together to make a successful production. This performance comprises 30% of the award. Finally, students will sit a written exam at the end of the course which is focused on their knowledge of the performing arts industry and reflection on their own work. The exam comprises the final 40% of the award.

    GCSE Music (AQA)

    Throughout years 10 and 11, students will develop their practice as a soloist and as part of an ensemble; these skills will be demonstrated through regular performances. They learn techniques leading to two compositions; they also extend their musical listening skills through focussed tasks and lessons.

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Key Stage 5

Students may choose from the following options at A/S / A level:

  • Fine Art (AQA)
  • Photography (AQA)
  • Drama and Theatre Studies (WJEC)
  • Film Studies (WJEC)

All Key Stage 4 and 5 courses are supported by frequent theatre / cinema visits and workshops.

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  • Year 12

    Fine Art (AQA)

    Year 12 art students will explore the main endorsements of art through three units of work including fine art; 3D form and textiles. Students will be expected to respond to a starting point and explore the chosen style of art in depth supported by the research of contemporary and historical artists. At the end year 12 they will decide on their chosen style and explore their theme. This will form the direction of their personal investigation which they will be expected to research and explore over the Summer break.

    Photography (AQA)

    Year 12 Students complete two main projects throughout this year, one piece of coursework and one summative exam. For each they will produce a body of work in a sketchbook format that demonstrates their understanding of relevant photographers, a clear development of ideas, skilled photographic work, experimentation and conclusive images. They will also be expected to produce a written essay that investigates chosen photographers in much more detail. This will be presented alongside the appropriate practical work.

    Drama and Theatre Studies (WJEC)

    Year 12 students explore the work of major drama practitioners (Brecht, Stanisavski, Artaud and Berkoff) and apply their understanding to two practical performances- one piece based on a choice of set texts and one devised. They also study two set texts and learn how to review live theatre for a written exam.

    Film Studies (WJEC)

    Year 12 students will explore the micro elements of film making studying cinematography, editing and mise en scene. They will write a detailed analysis of a film of their choice and use the skills creatively to make a film product. They will research British Cinema and its relationship to Hollywood, which is examined in a written paper at the end of the course.

    Music Technology

    Students learn to interpret musical ideas with technical and expressive control with a sense of style and awareness of occasion and/or ensemble. Create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources. Demonstrate their understanding of, and comment perceptively on, the structural, expressive and contextual aspects of Music. They will be expected demonstrate the effective use of music technology to capture, edit and produce musical outcomes as part of a CD. Finally they will demonstrate a high level understanding of and comment perceptively on the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology.

  • Year 13

    Fine Art (AQA)

    Year 13 art students will continue to work on their personal investigation and produce a 3000 word essay that supports their findings and investigation into their chosen concept and art form. This will count towards 50% of their final A level grade. From the 2nd February onwards students will receive an externally set exam paper and will choose one starting point from the range presented. They will explore and research this theme in depth whilst working with their strongest style technique. This will result in a 15 hour exam where students will be expected to produce a conclusive piece of artwork that links to the original starting point and artists / movements that they have explored over the project.

    Photography (AQA)

    Year 13 Photography students will again produce two main projects, which will be their personal investigation and the exam project. They begin to prepare for their personal investigation over the summer holiday, a starting point which they choose themselves. Research into relevant photographers will again inspire development of their own work, towards a conclusive piece. Again, they will submit an extended essay that accompanies this practical work. For their exam project, they choose from various different stimuli and begin a project that will lead towards a final fifteen hour exam, within which they produce their conclusive piece.

    Drama and Theatre Studies (WJEC)

    Year 13 students will again present two pieces of performance, one scene or extracts from a published play and one devised performance. They will also study two set texts and learn about technical theatre in preparation for a written exam.

    Film Studies (WJEC)

    Year 13 students will research a film topic based on a film they enjoy this will be coupled with making a film product on a theme from their research. There is a written paper where their knowledge and understanding of world cinema, issues in film and cinema, and a close study of a film is demonstrated.

    Music Technology

    Students learn to interpret musical ideas with technical and expressive control with a sense of style and awareness of occasion and/or ensemble. Create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources. Demonstrate their understanding of, and comment perceptively on, the structural, expressive and contextual aspects of Music. They will be expected demonstrate the effective use of music technology to capture, edit and produce musical outcomes as part of a CD. Finally they will demonstrate a high level understanding of and comment perceptively on the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology.

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Extra curricular activities

Throughout each academic year, the Creative Arts Faculty provides a range of opportunities for students to extend their learning through extra curricular experiences. These include;

  • Trips: Theatre, exhibitions, music events and films
  • Productions: Plays, musicals, concerts, cabarets
  • Gigs: Exhibitions and workshops with professional practitioners

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Teaching staff

  • Grabowski, Richard (Art and Photography)
  • Gunn, Louisa (Art)
  • Hobson, Ros (Music and Drama)
  • Jebson, Luke (Film Studies and Drama)
  • MacNair, Jessica (Art and Photography)
  • Parker, Jon: Head of Faculty (Performing Arts and Drama)
  • Potts, Sarah (Music)
  • Ryder, Elizabeth (Art)
  • Sinclair, Emma (Drama and Performing Arts)
  • Walters, Mark: Head of Performance (Music)

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Websites to help students learn about CEA

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