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DEPARTMENT CONTEXT

STAFF CODE

NAME

RESPONSIBILITES

COX Penny Cox Director of Learning TVPA
WIN Nicky Williams Assistant Headteacher and Dance Teacher
GUB Bhavini Gupta Head of Art
GRJ Jonjo Grisdale Music Teacher
AWF Flo Awolaja Art Teacher and Head of Photography
MAV Vicki Margan Head of Drama
GOA Amanda Gordon Assistant Headteacher and Media Teacher
MAK Kurtt Martin Head of Food Technology
OWO Ola Owusu-Appiah IT Teacher and Year 10 Standards and Achievement Leader
BAJ Julie Bates Food Technician
PAL Lauren Page Computing trainee teacher

Facilities:

Art: Two specialist teaching rooms which are well equipped with a suite of computers each installed with industry based design software, digital cameras and photographic equipment, along with a dedicated drying rack for print, and additional resources.

Dance: One specialist teaching room, equipped with a wall of mirrors, a sound system and ballet barre. 

Drama: Drama Theatre which includes technical facilities, lighting and sound equipment with curtains at the front, in the wings and rear of the proscenium arch.

Music: One specialist teaching room and a music technology room with a range of specialist music software including Cubase and Sibelius. One recording studio, with PA, mixing desk, Apple Mac and Logic software. Five practice and peripatetic teaching rooms, two with live recording facilities to the recording studio

Media: One specialist room with computers and photography equipment.

IT: Three computer rooms with desktop computers.

Food Technology: Two cooking rooms with ovens, microwaves, washing up and preparation areas.

DT: The Design Technology Department is situated on the ground floor and there is one large multimedia workshops and a design room. Extensive equipment allows for challenging projects to be made in wood, metal and plastics.

         CURRICULUM PLANS 

Years 7 and 8 (KS3)

 

ICT: Students follow the Computing National Curriculum and are taught in mixed ability groups.  We have a broad and balanced curriculum which involves skill development in Microsoft Office software, programming and graphics.

Food Technology: Students follow the National Curriculum and are taught in mixed ability groups. They learn food science, nutritional content of foods and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Students enjoy regular practical lessons.

Art: Students follow the Art and Design National Curriculum and are taught in mixed ability groups.  We have a broad and balanced curriculum, in which students have the opportunity to experience many styles of Art and Design, including Still Life, Pop Art, Understanding Colour, Pattern, Print, ICT Collage and developing their observation skills through drawing. Students are given the opportunity to work with a range of materials and encouraged to use sketchbooks to record observations, gathering resources to help stimulate and develop imaginative ideas. Work from other artists and cultures is introduced where appropriate.

Dance: Students follow the Dance National Curriculum and are taught within mixed ability groups.  We offer an extremely broad and balanced curriculum which considers the three strands of Dance: Performance, Choreography and Appreciation/Evaluation of their own, others and professional works. Over the two years of key stage 3 students will study a variety of styles, genres and techniques including Street Dance, Lindy Hop, Musical Theatre  and Contemporary Dance and also a wide variety of narrative based dance including James Bond, The Matrix and Thriller.

Drama: Students follow the Drama National Curriculum and are taught within mixed ability groups. We provide the students with a challenging and engaging curriculum which covers a spectrum of components that explore different genres of theatre and film. The Schemes of Learning cover areas such as Shakespeare, Script Work, Silent Movies, Physical Theatre and Melodrama, while we also cover issues such as attending a new school, friendship, cyber bullying, capital punishment, gang mentality and social issues.

Music: Students follow the Music National Curriculum and are taught within mixed ability groups. We provide the three main strands of Listening, Performing and Composing through six projects per year. Some projects focus on technical skills and some are historical, geographical and cultural to broaden the cross-curricular impact of music. Year 7 topics are The Elements of Music, World Music, Harry Potter, Mood Music, and Keyboard and vocal technical projects. We also provide extra instrumental, theory and vocal tuition via a team of peripatetic tutors.

IT and FT

2 x 50 minute lessons

 

Music, Dance and Drama

1 x 50  minute carousel

 

Art

1 x 50 minute lessons per week

Years 9, 10 and 11 (KS4)

iMedia: Students can opt to study GCSE iMedia (600/7043/2) which includes three projects using Photoshop, Creating a game design concept and Dreamweaver (website design). 25% of the course is an exam. Each project is worth 25% of the final exam.

Computing: We offer GCSE Computing (601/8355/X).  This course comprises 90% exam and 10% computing project. There are two written exam papers at the end of Year 11. Skills taught include a focus on Computer Systems, e.g. hardware, software, cyber security, and Computational thinking, including algorithms and programming. Students are assessed on their ability to write, correct and improve algorithms. In their programming project, students apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.

DT:  Students in Year 11 are following the legacy GCSE specification in GCSE Resistant Materials (Edexcel 50044187). This course comprises 60% portfolio and 40% exam. Students are enabled to develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and product understanding, as well as transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

Food Technology:  Students in Years 9 to 11 are following the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition: (Draft 8552).  The course comprises of five core topics: Food, nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choice and food provenance.

Students are assessed via a written exam of 1 hour and 45 minutes worth 50% of the final GCSE.  The remaining 50% is assessed practically and includes a written report.

Media: The GCSE Media Studies (AQA Spec code 4810) course begins at the start of Year 9 and runs through to a final 1.5 hour examination, usually around the start of June.  The first term of Year 9 is used as a bridging period, supporting the transition from Key Stage 3 to GCSE. Students are supported to develop their technical and conceptual skills. The course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% examination. 

Coursework is started during Year 9  and consists of three extended projects:

  • Assignment 1: Film deconstruction
  • Assignment 2: Magazines and Cross Media Production
  • Assignment 3: Advertising and Marketing

Each project is divided into three sections, pre-production, production and evaluation.

Child development: (NCFE Award QAN 600/6644/1) This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of students who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years.  Assessment is via two internally assessed graded Tasks and an externally assessed Synoptic t unit, which is assessed via a Multiple Choice Paper. The Award is graded from A* to D. Qualification consists of 3 units:

Unit 1

An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years

Assessment task

Unit 2

Development and well-being 0-5 years

Assessment task

Unit 3

Child care and development 0-5 years

Multiple choice question paper

Art: (Edexcel GCSE 2AD01 9-1) The course begins at the start of Year 9 and runs through to a final 10 hour examination after the Easter break in Year 11.  The first term of Year 9 is used as a bridging period, supporting the transition from Key Stage 3 to GCSE. Students are supported to develop their technical and conceptual skills. January of Year 9 sees the start of coursework, which consists of extended projects which form component 1 (coursework, 60% of GCSE) and an externally set project in Year 11 is unit 2 (exam, 40% of GCSE). These projects are subdivided into half termly tasks. Each project is divided into two sections, preparatory supporting studies and final pieces.  GCSE Art is about the development and practice of self-expression, creative thinking, problem solving and independent learning.

Photography: (AQA GCSE 601/8088/2 9–1) The course begins at the start of Year 9 and runs through to a final 10 hour examination after the Easter vacation in Year 11.  It is experimental in its approach and students are encouraged to become independent in their learning and thinking. The first term of Year 9 is used as a bridging period, supporting the transition from Key Stage 3 to GCSE.

Students are supported to develop their technical and conceptual skills, through a series of weekly basic skills sessions. January of Year 9 sees the start of coursework, which consists of short tasks and extended projects which form unit 1 (coursework, 60% of GCSE) and an externally set project in Year 11 is unit 2 (exam, 40% of GCSE). These projects are subdivided into half termly tasks. Each project is divided into two sections, preparatory supporting studies and final pieces. Throughout the course, students develop communication, and thinking skills, along with a greater understanding of Photography and the part it plays in society. They will also produce an e-portfolio (website) which showcases their development.

Music: (Edexcel/Pearson GCSE 601/8204/0 9-1) The new GCSE course is being run with the three strands of performing, listening and composing covered from Year 9, with a focus on theory and practical skills in Year 9 to bring students up to or over the required Grade 4 standard of performance and composition.

The final exam will take place in the summer term of Year 11, but 60% remains coursework and live recordings take place across the three years in the music department each module (half term).

NCFE level 2 in music technology will be available from September 2017-18, with preliminary skills training in Year 9. This will run alongside the GCSE in music and each will complement the other as the technical IT based group will be able to utilise the live recording studio in order to record the traditional instrumentalists and vocalists.

Dance: (AQA GCSE 8236) The course begins at the start of Year 9 and runs through to a final practical and written exam in the summer term of Year 11. The Dance GCSE course is a powerful and expressive option which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity.  Students study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Students continue to study the three strands of Dance, Performance, Choreography and Appreciation.  The course is made up of Component 1 (practical, 60% of the GCSE), which includes a solo performance, duet/trip performance and group choreography. The remaining Component 2 (exam, 40% of the GCSE), consists of one and a half hour paper based on students’ understanding of their own, others and professional work.

Drama:  Year 9, 10 and 11 - AQA GCSE Drama 8261 (9-1) The course is made up of three assessed components. In Year 9 the students are eased into the course with skills based workshops and projects that will prepare them for assessment based work in Years 10 and 11. In Year 10 students start work on components 1 and 3.  In Year 11 students are formally examined on component 3 and 2. They complete a written exam for component 1 in the summer of Year 11:

3 x 50 minute lessons per week

Year 12 and 13 (KS5)

ICT: Year 12 and 13 students follow the New Cambridge Technical course (601/7097/9) which is 50% exam based.

There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. The first two mandatory units provide students with an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure and the flow of information on a global scale, and important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires students to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism.

Students then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. The optional units include Project Management, Product Development, Systems Analysis and Design and the Internet of Everything.

All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.

Media Studies:  (AQA 2570) A-Level students analyse media products such as magazines, films and television programmes and have the opportunity to develop practical skills, construct media products and work in groups. The course comprises of an examined unit ‘Investigating Media’ worth 50% of the A-level. Additionally, there is a coursework unit, Creating Media, also worth 50%. The coursework component requires production of two interlinked media products based on a given brief. Students taking AS Level complete one examined unit and one coursework unit. Each is worth 50% of the overall AS grade.

Photography:  The course outline combines practical work underpinned by theory and exploration of historical and contemporary photographers. We offer (AQA 7246C 7246X). From September to January students prepare unit 3, coursework which constitues50% of the final grade.  From February to April students are prepared for unit 4, an externally set exam with 15 hour terminal examination.  This constitutes the remaining 50% of the A level. There is an emphasis on independent investigation and students are encouraged to hone their photographic skills, through experimentation, building on from their first year. A-Level students are required to complete 5 hours of private study/homework per week, which is monitored closely with regular sketchbook tutorials.

5 x 50 minute lessons per week

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

Media: Open door catch up at break/lunch and after school.

ICT and iMedia: Teachers are available twice a week to support students with revision/enrichment/intervention.

Food Technology: After school club for catch-up.  Three times per week.

Art: The Art Department runs an open door policy, allowing students at KS3 and 4 access to the art rooms at lunchtime and after school.  Revision sessions are run in the Easter holidays in the run up to GCSE and A-level exams.  The students’ artwork is exhibited regularly around The Academy, fostering a sense of pride. The trips to Kew Gardens, visits to London and Tate Modern in the autumn term, are hugely beneficial to the students as many become exposed to the discipline of observational drawing on site. Visiting artists also provide bespoke printing workshops for the students where students acquire additional technical skills and improve their practise. We also exhibit work throughout the school year alongside festive events, open evenings and school concerts.

Photography: The relaxed atmosphere within the department encourages students to attend after school sessions to improve their practice and gain confidence in the subject. There are many opportunities for the students to involve themselves in the school and wider community and they are routinely called upon to do so, particularly at open evenings, school productions or to photograph visiting dignitaries. Exhibiting artwork in The Academy is a regular feature and throughout the year students’ showcase their examination work, and as part of the Visual and Performing Arts Evening within the summer term. 

Dance: The Dance department runs a catch up/weekly rehearsal session for GCSE and A-level students. Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to work alongside professional artists from the world of Contemporary Dance, previously Hot House Dance Company and Rambert. There are opportunities to visit the theatre to see dance works that are relevant to the areas of study and also displaying a range of styles.  Throughout the year students showcase their examination work and also perform as part of the Visual and Performing Arts Evening within the summer term. 

Drama: School production rehearsals are held after school on a Wednesday. KS3 Drama club is to be run at lunchtime on Fridays. We also hold rehearsals and GCSE catch up sessions in the half term break and we take the students on theatre trips.

Music:

During the school day tutors visit and deliver violin, electric guitar, bass guitar lessons.  After school tutors deliver instrumental, theory and vocal lessons to the wider community.