The Creative Arts Faculty has a number of strengths, some of which we are very aware of but others have been identified by colleagues outside of our subject areas. We feel as a faculty that our main aim is to develop student’s creativity which we succeed in doing really well. Students enjoy the subjects because of the range of activities we provide in order to nurture that creativity. We hope to inspire our students, by providing them with opportunities to see the high quality work of professionals within the Creative Arts, this we do through trips to galleries, the theatre and musical and dance performances and also by inviting artists and performers into school.
We provide lots of opportunities for our students to take part in extra curricular activities such as clubs, coursework catch up and exam preparation after school and during holidays. Our annual school production and dance and musical productions are always well attended by students, relatives of students and staff. We regularly showcase the achievements of our students in the form of exhibitions in and outside of school, performances in school assemblies, Music and dance competitions and the school show. Students taught in the Creative Arts produce work that is of a high quality, this is reflected in the exam results that are achieved in our subjects. We are lucky to have some excellent teachers within the faculty, who are highly committed to their subjects, are enthusiastic about the work that they do with the students and have high levels of professional experience. This is clearly shown through lesson observations that have taken place as part of faculty and whole school monitoring of teaching and learning and through learning walks. Staff in the faculty have shown good and in some cases outstanding quality of teaching on these occasions. It has also been commented upon how there is a good range of teaching styles across the faculty.
SMSC runs throughout our teaching in the faculty and we use appropriate opportunities to involve aspects of it within our lessons. We have always included SMSC within our SOW, but now with greater emphasis placed upon this by OFSTED, are revisiting schemes in order to make sure we cover it even more thoroughly. Colleagues have commented upon the “vibrant feel” throughout the faculty, this is due to the productive working atmosphere within our teaching areas but also to the quality of display within many of them. This can only improve with the changes that BSF will make, bringing all of the subjects together in a specialised area.
Miss R. Thompson
Creative Arts Teaching Staff
Miss R. Thompson – Art – Head of Department
Miss J. Williams – Art – Teacher of Art
Miss H. Drury – Music – Head of Department
Mr. A. Parsons – Music – Teacher of Music
Miss H. Evans – Dance – Head of Department
Miss N. Clarke – Dance – Teacher of Dance
Mr. T. Bryan – Drama – Head of Department
Mr. J. Mills – Drama – Teacher of Drama
Creative Arts Support Staff
Mr. I Cartwright – Drama