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JOP Peter Jonas Head of Art and Photography
SMP Nick Smith Music teacher
LOS Stuart Lodge Head of Drama/English Teacher
MAK Kurtt Martin Head of Food Technology and Head of Year
BAJ Julie Bates Food/Art Technician
PAL Lauren Page IT and Maths Teacher


Art: A specialist teaching room which is 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. (215 & 216)

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

IT: Two computer rooms with desktop computers and specialist software

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


Years 7 and 8

(Key Stage 3)


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.

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.

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.

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 using Scratch and graphics, website and animation skills based on Adobe software.


Year 9, 10 and 11

(Key Stage 4)

Art: Edexcel GCSE 2AD01 9-1 (QAN 601/8069/9) Years 9 – 11.  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.

Computing: OCR GCSE Computing (QAN 601/8355/X). Years 9 – 11. 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.

Child development: NCFE Award (QAN 600/6644/1).  Years 9 – 10.   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

Drama:  AQA GCSE Drama 8261 (9-1). (QAN 601/8575/2) Years 10 and 11.   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:

Component 1:

Understanding drama

What is assessed:

• Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.

• Study of one set play from a choice of six.

• Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

How it is assessed:

• Written exam:

1 hour and 45 minutes

• Open book

• 80 marks

• 40% of GCSE

Component 2:

Devising drama (practical)

What is assessed:

• Process of creating devised drama.

• Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer).

• Analysis and evaluation of own work.

How it is assessed:

• Devising log (60 marks)

• Devised performance

(20 marks)

• 80 marks in total

• 40% of GCSE

Component 3:

Texts in practice (practical)

What is assessed:

• Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer).

Free choice of play but it

must contrast with the set

play chosen for

Component 1.

How it is assessed:

• Performance of Extract 1

(20 marks) and Extract 2

(20 marks)

Food Technology:  Students in Years 9 to 11 are following the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition: (QAN 601/8421/8).  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 two written assignments, one on the characteristics of food = 15% and the other a written assignment based on cooking and preparing 3 dishes that meet certain dietary requirements = 35%

iMedia: Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia  (QAN 600/7043/2) The course comprises three projects using Photoshop to create a combined graphic, creating a game design concept and using Dreamweaver to create a website.  By completing the project work students are taught pre-production skills and project management techniques, each project follows the project life cycle model of analysis, design, implementation and evaluation.  25% of the course is an exam based on pre-production skills. Each project is worth 25% of the overall qualification.

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).

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.


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 two mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT and Global information.  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. Students then take three 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.

Photography:  (AQA 7246C 7246X) The course outline combines practical work underpinned by theory and exploration of historical and contemporary photographers. We offer. 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.



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. 

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.


During the school day tutors visit and deliver violin, electric guitar, bass guitar lessons. .