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Creative Arts, Design & Technology Welcome

The Creative Arts, Design and Technology curriculum provides students with the opportunity to express themselves creatively, problem solve and explore the wider world around them. 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, increasing their ability to become innovative and creative individuals.

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, which will enable them to excel in the outside world.

Creative Arts, Design & Technology Staff

  • Mr M Rooney : Learning Director Arts & DT
  • Miss L Mitchell : 2nd in Arts & DT
  • Mrs P Ali : DT Teacher
  • Mr K Fearon : DT Teacher
  • Mrs P Jeffcott : DT Teacher
  • Miss S Mahmood : DT Teacher
  • Mrs S Akdeniz : Music Teacher
  • Mr J McCall : Art/Music Teacher
  • Miss H Sims : Art Teacher
  • Mr A Scott : DT Technician
  • Miss C Young : DT Technician
  • Mrs E Peach : Display Technician

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.

Design and Technology

The KS3 course in Design & Technology is intended to prepare Bemrose students to cope in a rapidly changing technological world and enable them to think and intervene creatively to improve that world.  We aim to equip students with knowledge, skills and understanding about design, materials, tools and process (technical know-how). We encourage students to develop iterative design skills in line with the demands of real design industries.

In order to help our students demonstrate their improving skills and develop into independent, confident and creative problem-solvers we undertake a variety of projects, which consist of food, textiles, resistant materials and systems and control skills.

CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture), ICT and the work of other designers feature strongly in lessons and links are made within other STEM subjects.

Key Stage 4 Options

GCSE Art and Design

The Art and Design GCSE gives students the freedom to display their artistic talents, whilst developing the practical skills and knowledge they need to progress as an artist or designer.

Over 2 years students will develop a personal portfolio, which involves creating work through a range of activities, based on different themes. They will be given the opportunity to refine and develop their creative skills, as well as trying new things such as working with clay or digital media. 

As students progress they will be encouraged to think creatively and begin to work with more independence. As a result of this, the Art work produced in year 11 is generally of a very high standard, with original and innovative forms of Art being created by our students.

BTEC Music

BTEC music allows students to engage with the music industry and develop a range of relevant practical and technical skills. Students learn to explore music product development and events management, and apply their knowledge in new and practical industry-related contexts. Students study the following units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required for the music sector:

  • The music industry
  • Managing a music product.
  • Introducing music composition
  • Introducing music performance

WJEC Level ½ Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering

On the WJEC Level ½ Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering course students learn a range of new food preparation techniques and practise those from Key Stage 3. In addition to learning to cook a range of dishes and developing their understanding of nutrition, students will also learn about the operational side of the hospitality and catering industry.

GCSE Textiles

In textiles students learn about the designing and making principles that are used in the creative industries and apply that knowledge to create a range of textiles samples and products. Over the 2 years students will explore new technologies through a range of different projects and practical activities. They have the opportunity to develop design skills, as well as try new things such as 3D printing textile components and sublimation printing on different fabrics. In the final year, students will follow an independent project of their choice, creating a digital portfolio and a final prototype.

GCSE Design and Technology

As part of the GCSE in Design and Technology students will produce a prototype and portfolio of evidence in response to a contextual challenge. They will engage in an iterative design process that includes a design brief, specification, initial design ideas, developing design ideas, analysing and evaluating. Design and Technology also enables students to solve relevant problems by applying their knowledge from maths and science, developing a range of transferable skills applicable to many different careers.

Creative Arts Assessment

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