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Creative Arts Welcome

The Creative Arts give students the opportunity to express themselves creatively, through the mediums of art, design, music and performance. The department offers a range of experiences that enable students to develop the social, intellectual and creative skills that are fundamental to their development and future success.

We work in a stimulating and culturally rich learning environment, in which our students are able to thrive. It is our goal, to ensure that all students become happy, confident, thoughtful and imaginative individuals, who leave The Bemrose School with a bank of creative skills, that will enable them to excel in the outside world.

Creative Arts News

The creative arts department have been delighted with this year’s results, with a larger than ever proportion of students receiving higher grade BTEC qualifications. In Art 100% of students achieved the BTEC certificate with 92% going on to complete the extended certificate. Of these 2 students received distinction *(equivalent to A* at GCSE), whilst a further 2 received distinction (equivalent to A at GCSE). In performing arts 89% achieved a BTEC certificate, with 33% completing the extended certificate and once again, 2 of these students were awarded distinction* grades.

Creative Arts Staff

  • Mr M Rooney – Learning Director of Creative Arts and Design and Technology
  • Mrs P Jeffcott – Teacher of Art
  • Miss V Kennedy – Teacher of Music
  • Mr J McCall – Teacher of Art and Music
  • Miss L Mitchell – Teacher of Art and Music
  • Miss H Sims – Teacher of Art
  • Mrs E Peach – Technician

Creative Arts Visits

Visits/Field trips for each year

  • KS4 London Visit
    • Loughborough University
  • KS5 Beyond limits – Chatsworth House
    • Hijacked III – QUAD

Extra Curricula Activities


  • 2008 – Grease
  • 2009 – A Christmas Nightmare
  • 2010 – Little Shop of Horrors
  • 2011 – The Adventures of Dick Dangerous, in a Tale of two Worlds.
  • 2012 – The Arrival


  • Open studio (Art) – Mon-Thur 3.00-4.00
  • Rock/folk workshops – Mon- Fri lunchtimes
  • Glee – Tue 3.00-4.00
  • Open studio (music) – Wed 3.00-4.00
  • Rehearsal Schedule for 2012 Christmas Production TBC

Creative Arts Course Outline

KS3 course description


In Art, students work with a range of traditional and new media, developing their imagination and creativity. They explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to visually communicate ideas and meanings.

They also learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.

Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives



Music is a unique means of expression and communication. Central to this, is the ability to develop and heighten listening skills. By making and evaluating music from different times, places, cultures and styles, students develop an awareness which will broaden their understanding of historical perspectives and the multi-cultural society in which we live.

A broad music curriculum provides opportunities for all students to share and value their achievements in the classroom, at school events, in extra-curricular settings. Work is practical and encourages students to develop their performing, composing and listening skills through the study of a range of topics including world music, historical music, sound effects, music technology and experimental music. This all contributes to the huge cultural diversity of music around us in everyday life.

A range of instrumental music provision is also available from a team of visiting teachers who are currently teaching brass instruments, guitars, and drums. Students can continue their study of an instrument from primary school and also have the opportunity to take up a new instrument from year 7 onwards.


Key Stage 4 Options


This qualification is a modular program and is specifically designed to accommodate the interests, skills, and needs of the class, and of individuals. Units 1-3 are mandatory and will be completed in the form of a portfolio of art work. Students then choose an additional unit from a wide choice of options.

  • Unit 1: Contextual References in Art and Design
  • Unit 2: 2D Visual Communication
  • Unit 3: 3D Visual Communication


BTEC Performing Arts 

BTEC students work towards producing a large scale public production, as well as some smaller events. The students are taking on a variety of roles, including stage management, acting, light and sound engineering.

Students must complete one of the following mandatory units:

  • Unit 1— Understanding music
  • Unit 1— Understanding drama

Students will then complete 2 more modules from the BTEC level 2 specification which can be found on the edexcel website.

Within units 2 and 3, students work together to create pieces of work that can develop and focus on different skills according to their strengths and interests.

Creative Arts Assessment



  • The visual elements
  • Aboriginal design
  • Abstract Art


  • Perspective
  • Surrealism
  • Pop Art


  • This is me!
  • Cubism and Graffiti



  • Natural elements soundscape
  • Working with world scales
  • Tricky Rhythms!


  • Performing the Blues
  • Horror!
  • Words and music


  • “A little bit of history repeating”
  • “The Arrival”
  • Junk Funk!