Expressive Arts

Members of Staff and Responsibilities

Mrs Nicola Maguire – Expressive Arts Learning Leader (maternity leave)
Miss Michelle LangLeader of Art
Mr Marcus Day
Miss Claire Langley- Jones
Mrs Hannah Snowden 
Miss Emily Stoneham
Miss Johanna Regan
Mr John Lebroq – Faculty Technician

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Art Curriculum

Year 7 will study colour, tone and pattern within the first two terms.  They will explore different media and reference relevant artists’ work.  They will go on to look at the work of Escher and use the imac suite to develop their digital skills.  Students will finish the year looking at the Mexican Day of the Dead festival and have a go at creating clay sculptures.

Year 8 will begin by studying Native American art, developing drawing and painting skills and experimenting with print.  They go on to a large scale chocolate bar project- drawing out the wrapper logo, rendering it and then forming the 3D inside structure.  They complete the year with a typography project exploring both 2D and 3D techniques.

Homework for both year 7 and 8 is set on a fortnightly basis and is designed to develop observational drawing skills.  Students will be able to refer to the art room doors to find out what the homework is for the fortnight, and it will also be on show my homework.  It is an expectation that students do the homework in their small blue sketchbook.

The Music Curriculum


  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 7 Getting to know Music Christmas Music How to Write Music Instruments of the Orchestra Programme Music Nationalism
Year 8 Calypso Music Christmas Music Melody and Harmony Chords and Harmony Music and the Media Nationalism
Year 9 Gospel and Spiritual Music Blues, Jazz and Rock n’ Roll Popular Songs

The Drama Curriculum


Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 7 Getting to know You Still Images Story Telling Mama Yankee’s Life Machine Developing a Role The Circus
Year 8 Creating a Character Performance Skills and Techniques Scripted: Where the Wild Things Are
Year 9 Slapstick and Silent Comedy Famous for Fifteen Minutes Responsibility

KS4 Curriculum


There are currently three GCSE options and one BTEC option you can take in KS4: GCSE Drama (AQA), GCSE Expressive Arts (AQA), GCSE Music (AQA) and BTEC in Art & Design. GCSE Expressive Arts is an early options course that starts in year 9 and finishes in year 10. Students have five hours a fortnight for a subject at KS4.


Course content

The Art GCSE course is aimed at students who enjoy developing their creativity through experimenting with different materials and exploring ways of communicating their views and ideas through art. Students are encouraged to take a personalised approach to their studies and should become increasingly independent as artists over the course. Students are taught to:

  • develop their ideas through investigations of artists’ work.
  • refine their work as it progresses.
  • record their thoughts, views and feelings through drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, photography, digital imaging and working in mixed medias.
  • present finished pieces of work that have been planned and show their understanding of a topic.

How is this course assessed?

The course is taught as units of inter-connected topics that build skills and understanding. The coursework project is started in Year 10 when the candidate must decide what art they will create from a given topic. In Year 11 there is an eight-week examination project that is set by the board (EDEXCEL), with a 10-hour practical exam.

BTEC Art & Design

Course content

The Art and Design BTEC course is designed to provide a broad, solid foundation for progression to level 3 and to employment in the art and design sector. There is an emphasis on developing understanding through practical work and presenting work in sketchbook format to show progression of learning and development of project ideas.  Although much of the equipment is supplied, there is an advantage for students to have and work with some of their own materials.

How is this course assessed?

Students can attain a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Learners complete both core units and 2 Optional units to complete the course. Unit 2 is externally set and includes a 10-hour exam.

GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama is an exciting, fun, creative and challenging course made up of practical acting tasks and a written examination.

Course content

The subject covers the following topics:

  1. Drama is an exciting, fun, creative and challenging course and has been designed to help students meet those challenges.
  2. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their interest in acting and live theatre through contact with professional actors and theatre productions.
How is this course assessed?

  1. You will have one written exam that will assess your understanding of Drama.
  2. Your other two units will be based around performance pieces.

GCSE Expressive Arts

GCSE Expressive Arts is an early options course which is exciting, fun and creative. It gives students the opportunity to work imaginatively in two arts disciplines, and to explore how the arts can be linked together. The range of disciplines may include drama, dance, music, original writing and visual arts.

Working either individually or in groups students present or perform work integrating two art forms of their choice in relation to a given theme. The course is divided into two units of work:

  • Unit 1 – 40% – Practical work in response to a theme set by the exam board
  • Unit 2 – 60% – Two pieces of practical work in response to two themes: People and Places and Contemporary Issues

The majority of the work is practical, but marks are also awarded to students for their ability to:

  • Critically analyse professional existing art works (e.g. films, paintings, songs, dance)
  • Plan, investigate and develop a theme in the form of a diary
  • Evaluate in writing the work and processes that have been carried out

If you have any further questions about the course please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Maguire, Mrs Rosedale or Miss Brown.

GCSE Music

GCSE Music is a very creative course that allows students to work in the three areas of listening, performing and composing. Performing and composing (which builds on the improvisation and chord work of Years 8 and 9) are completed as coursework and submitted as recordings which are assessed at the end of the course. The use of recorded work not only gives opportunities for the specialist musician to excel, but also students who, up to now, have not considered themselves as music readers and writers to present coursework to a high standard. Music at examination level offers those with an interest, the opportunity to turn what could just be a hobby into a useful and worthwhile qualification.

Course content

The subject covers the following topics:

You will work in the three areas of listening, performing and composing. Performing and composing are completed as coursework and submitted as recordings which are assessed at the end of the course.

How is this course assessed?

You will have one written exam that assess you understanding of the theory of music.

You will have two other units that will require you to record your compositions and performances.


KS5 Curriculum

There are currently three AS/A2 options you can take at KS5: Drama and Theatre Studies (AQA), Performance Studies (OCR) and Music (Edexcel). Students have ten hours a fortnight for a subject at KS5.

Please see the links to the sixth form website for further information about these courses. You can also contact members of the faculty for further information.

The Art Department

The Art department is all about creativity and we are very proud of the amazing work produced by our students. Right from year 7, we set projects that encourage students to think through their ideas and to continually develop their skills.

Our projects have been carefully evolved so that students practice drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking through exciting themes that often link with learning in other subjects so that when year 8 artists are designing and printing Navaho style textiles, they are also studying the Native Americans in History.


As students move through the school, they can opt to study GCSE Art: Fine Art, Textiles, BTEC Art and Design (level 2), A level Art; Fine Art, Art;Textiles, Art History and BTEC Art and Design (level 3).

After school there is something happening nearly every night with art clubs for years 7, 8 and 9, support sessions for exam groups, and lessons for students wishing to take additional exams.

It is no surprise that Art students regularly achieve among the best results in the school.

This chicken (pictured left) was made by Olivia at year 7 Art club from recycled plastic bags


This shot (right) shows Year 10 studying at the Saatchi Gallery London on one of our regular Art trips.

Art Textiles

You will have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore your strengths and preferences. You will work creatively with Textiles materials and be encouraged to experiment and take risks with your work. The main aim of the course is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.