Inspiring Excellence

‘a GOOD school with Outstanding features’

Expressive Arts

The Expressive Arts encourage and support exploration of values, foster imagination and creativity, develop practical and perceptual skills and promote intellectual and aesthetic development.

More importantly we promote distinctive ways of understanding self, developing individual abilities and finding personal satisfaction and enjoyment, as well as exploring particular ways communication with others through the wide variety of subject specialisms.

All areas art, drama, dance, music and photography enjoy a fun and vibrant learning curriculum where our young learners develop essential skills to develop their own understanding of the world in which they live.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

The Expressive Arts KS3 curriculum covers art, drama and music. The students spend one lesson per week studying each of the separate areas.

Alongside the main curriculum we offer talented students in music specialist music lessons at KS3.

Key Stage (Years 9, 10 & 11)

At KS4 as well as GCSE'S in art, drama and music students are also given the opportunity to study GCSE photography as well as BTEC dance, music and music technology.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

At KS5 students have the opportunity to study a wide range of A level and BTEC courses across all subject areas.


In support of our main curriculum the Expressive Arts team offer students a full, varied, enriched and exciting extra-curricular programme. Experiences where students have the opportunity to excel in their chosen areas. These take the form of clubs, performances and weekend workshops.


The Expressive Arts Curriculum Area has excellent purpose built accommodation and is based in and around the Arts Area, Academy Theatre and Academy Gallery. Amongst our facilities we have a fully operational recording studio, various practice rooms, a computer suite and a number of instruments which the pupils have access to. We currently have 10 working professional musicians offering peripatetic one-to-one music lessons.

Our staff and support staff pride themselves on providing inspirational and affective work spaces for our students to work and perform in.

Please have a look at our subject website for further information and examples of work.

Celebrations and Events

The Curriculum Area hosts an amazing amount of evening events and performances during the year supported by every subject area in the team and involving every student from across all age ranges. These evenings range from full productions and performances to private viewings in the Academy gallery.

Notable highlights this year include, our BTEC performing Arts show at the Babbacombe Theatre, post 16 Shakespeare Drama production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as numerous musical concerts and the annual summer Art exhibition along with the 365 visual arts collaboration project. extra-curricular activities.

Advice to Parents

We ask parents to encourage their children to take every opportunity the Expressive Arts Curriculum Area offers them and support their children by taking an interest in their school studies and attending any evening event or performance.

Curriculum Team Leader: Mr Marks.