- Mr Blackman – Head of Faculty
- Miss Henderson – Head of Department
- Mr Temple
- Miss McNally – Technician
- Mr King – Head of Department
- Miss Hall – Head of Girls PE
- Miss Ord
- Mr Wilkinson
- Mrs Vaughan – Head of Department
- Mr Judd
- Performing Arts: Miss Mason – Head of Department
- Mrs Ferguson
Faculty Mission Statement/ Aims:
The Creative Arts Faculty aims to provide a creative hub within the school that will inspire students to develop new skills to achieve their full potential. We encourage learners to develop confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. We believe through the wealth of creative subjects available, that all students have the opportunity attain success through personalised learning. We encourage innovation and curiosity within lessons, instilling a sense of self-belief and fulfilment. Each member of the Creative Arts Faculty is passionate about their subject and strive to activate and excite pupils interest through their experience and knowledge. We endeavour to provide new opportunities for students, for pupils to feel supported, engaged and empowered. These elements are key to maintaining the very high standards of achievement enjoyed by all subject areas within the faculty.
Art and Design
Key Stage 3 classes study for a minimum of one lesson per week, some classes are allocated two per week. All groups follow an interesting and vibrant curriculum with many opportunities to develop independent leaning opportunities. Many of the topics covered have very clear cross curricular links such as the year 7 Kandinsky scheme links very well with Music. Some of the other topics covered at key stage three are: Pop art, Aliens and Monsters and multi-cultural. All key stage three students have the opportunity to visit galleries to extend their knowledge and art experience.
KS4 groups have the opportunity to opt for Art and Design or Photography GCSE. Both courses are extremely popular due to the innovative and exciting programmes of study. All KS4 GCSE subjects are allocated 5 lessons per fortnight.
The art department continues to build upon the achievement experienced in previous years. 2015 results were no exception; all students gained at least a grade C at both GCSE Art and GCSE Photography. 50% of the cohort achieved A*-A grades in Art and design, 66% achieved an A*-A in photography.
Key Stage 3 red pathway students receive three lessons a fortnight, with pupils taught within ability groups.
Green / Blue pathway students receive four lessons a fortnight, pupil’s are taught within ability groups.
Pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum taking part in a range of activities from outwitting opponents (invasion games / net and wall games / striking and fielding games), performing at maximum levels (swimming and athletics based activities), exploring and communicating ideas (dance, cheerleading), accurate replication of actions (gymnastics), identifying and solving problems (orienteering, coaching and leadership) and exercising safely (health and fitness) curriculum areas.
Key Stage 4 pupil’s selecting GCSE PE as an option subject receive 5 lessons per fortnight and are assessed upon four practical performances. These assessed areas can be as a performer, a coach, an official or as an organiser. All GCSE students sit a final exam at the end of year 11.
Pupils selecting BTEC Sport as an option subject receive 5 lessons a fortnight where they will complete a range of practical and theory based assignments across four different units. Three of the units are set and marked internally, one of the unit’s is an online screen test.
All pupils at KS4 also receive two hours a fortnight of core PE.
PE Kit – All KS3 and KS4 pupils are expected to provide their full PE Kit for all their lessons, whether they are taking an active role within the lesson or are medically excused. Students who are excused will be expected to take part in the lesson as coaches, leaders, organisers or officials.
Every Key Stage 3 student from all 3 pathways study Drama once a fortnight. Pathways in each year group follow the same themed Scheme of Work but content and delivery is varied according to ability and learning needs. Most schemes have cross curricular links with other subject areas. These themes range from ‘Myths and Legends’ (History), Blood Brothers (English) ‘Capital Punishment’ (Belief and Values) and many more. As of September 2016 KS4 students have the opportunity to opt for Drama or Dance at GCSE level.
Interest in both these subject areas continues to thrive and the increasing immersion of male students is having a positive impact on learning and the creative scope for extracurricular performances. Students also gain experience of the Performing Arts industry in relation to a range of job roles and career routes which helps to improve their contextual understanding and embeds professionalism and commitment with these subjects.
Key Stage 3 students access the music curriculum once a fortnight. Students cover a range of musical genre and styles ranging from classical, popular and world music. Students study classical composers from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Eras, popular styles such as Blues, Pop, Dance and Film music and also music from Brazil and China. Students learn how to perform independently, in an ensemble and in front of an audience. Students compose in a variety of styles and learn to appraise music when listening to a variety of different musical styles and genres from different times and for different occasions.
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study GCSE music. Students study GCSE music through the Edexcel examination board. Students perform on an instrument of their choice (or voice). Students are expected to perform a solo and an ensemble performance. Students study composition and learn to compose music in contrasting styles. Students study 12 set works from a variety of musical eras and learn to appraise music for their GCSE music exam.
Extra-curricular and peripatetic tuition – All students have the opportunity to learn an instrument in school. The music department is supported by the Durham Music Service and offers tuition on Voice, Brass, Drums, Violin, Guitar and Woodwind. The music department is open every day at lunchtime and after school for all students to practice and rehearse or simply prepare homework. KS4 students can access the department any day to develop their performance and compositional skills. Students can learn keyboard/piano and sing at lunchtime and after school. Throughout the year students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of musical visits and extra-curricular performance opportunities both in and out of school at a variety of different occasions and venues.
Homework is set by each faculty subject once every fortnight and often will link to the theme currently being studied within the lesson.
Homework is an important tool within the creative subject areas to aid students to build upon the skills learned within the lesson. Homework also allows students to demonstrate their ability to independently investigate personalised themes and topics.
- A willingness to express and share your views and opinions with others and work towards an agreement.
- To engage and develop curiosity in learning and strive to reach your full potential.
- The ability to work successfully as a member of a group or team.
- An ability to use language and understand images, events and icons in music, the arts and sport which have meaning in a culture.
- A respect for other’s needs, interests and feelings as well as your own.
Advice can be sought from all classroom teachers as well as Heads of Department and Faculty Head.
- Mr Blackman – Head of the Creative Arts Faculty.
- Miss Henderson – Head of Art and Design
- Mr King – Head of PE
- Mrs R Henderson – 2nd PE Department
- Miss Vaughan – Head of Music
- Miss Mason – Head of Performing Arts