The school has achieved the prestigious Arts Council 'Artsmark' Silver Award, which rewards schools that demonstrate a strong commitment to developing a dynamic arts programme. Artsmark is a national award scheme managed by Arts Council England that recognises schools with a high level of provision in the arts.
The Arts are an important part of the school life and consist of Music, Drama, Art & Design and Expressive Arts. These subjects are studied at all Key Stages, following the National Curriculum. The four departments have a common policy regarding creative, expressive and critical education. We regard ourselves as facilitators as well as educators. We attempt to provide stimuli, environment and technical expertise conducive to the multi-faceted nature of education in the Arts. The role of these departments is seen as increasingly important and the basic aims are to develop and maintain cross-curricular collaboration and understanding. It is the responsibility of all within the department to communicate the essential elements of educational, personal and social development.
Music provides opportunities for self-expression and public performance. All students have access to instrumental, vocal and drama activities.
Drama allows students to explore a range of musical and written drama, along with poetry for performance. Students are encouraged to write their own scripts for performance. Art & Design encourages the use of a variety of techniques and skills including drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed-media, sculpture, batik and photography.
Expressive arts allows students to access skills acquired in all three art forms.These subjects are taught by specialist teachers and all work is directed at the individual and his/her own needs, giving each student the opportunity to express themselves, independent of ability. Work is supported through regular visits to theatres, galleries, concerts and other places or events of interest.
Key Stage 4 students are given opportunities to work towards GCSEs in Music, Art & Design and Expressive Arts. Students continue to achieve great success in these examination subjects.