“…not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise: with your hands, your eyes, your ears, your whole personality”
Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate
The Expressive Arts learning area comprises of Art and Music.
It nurtures within students a lifelong passion for, and appreciation of, the Arts as both participants and discriminating audiences. It stimulates creativity and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. It helps students to understand themselves and relate to others. A key focus of our work is to raise levels of self-esteem and confidence in all students through the increased opportunities to perform and participate in arts-based activities.
The Expressive Arts learning area has outstanding facilities which include:
2 music rooms and 5 practice rooms equipped with digital and acoustic equipment
2 large art studios with pottery kiln
The area offers an extensive extra curricular programme.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.