The arts faculty covers art and design, drama and music – meet the teachers.
Our classes give students the chance to study various artists, practice differing artistic methods and express their creativity. The art department is open on Thursday lunchtimes to all students and Monday lunchtimes for KS3 students wanting extra support and space to practice. View our students’ artwork on Instagram.
Art trips are organised to inspire our students. Year 8-9 visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Year 10-11 visit exhibits in London as well as attending architecture and photography workshops at Lincoln University.
GCSE students are set coursework based on chosen artists, they then have the freedom to develop their project in their own style. The exam is set so that students choose a theme to influence their project ending in a two-day (10 hour) examination to produce their final piece.
Drama is introduced in KS3 and is an option for GCSE and A-Level students. Students use poems, pictures or even news articles to explore themes and roles and prepare performances from extracts of published plays, both individually and in groups. They take on roles of the director, critique and actors.
All students study music during Year 7-9 and is an option for GCSE and A Levels. Lessons are taught through practical performance and composition projects, covering music from all periods from classical through to modern pop. All students are taught to read music and creativity is encouraged individually and through group projects. The department is open at lunchtime and after school for students to record or practice music.
Support is offered via staff, the Sixth Form music committee and older students in leadership roles that help run rehearsals, lead sections and conduct.
Outside of lessons, there are four choirs, a wind band, a jazz band, an orchestra, a brass band, a blues band, string ensemble, flute choir, clarinet choir and ukulele band. Concerts are regularly programmed at the school including a carol concert, spring concert, jazz evening, piano recital and singing recital. There is also the bi-annual musical production in collaboration with the drama department – recent performances have included Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver.
The school also performs in county events alike the Lincolnshire Schools’ Prom (Embassy Theatre, Skegness), Music for Youth Regional Festival and National Cycling Championships Samba Festival (Cadwell Park). Many students are also in the local music centre and county level bands and orchestras. We are a partner school with the Lincolnshire Music Service and have been nominated to become a member of Music Mark which is only available for those that are committed to high-quality music education.