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The Arts


Food is taught on rotation in years 7 and 8. Students experience 12 weeks of learning how to cook both sweet and savoury dishes. They learn about food safety, nutrition, healthy eating and the environment throughout the project.  In year 9, students opt for food and experience a taster of catering and hospitality. Students plan, prepare and cook a variety of sweet and savoury dishes during a series of mini projects. Projects include international food, events and British rituals. Over the year students learn, develop and apply food safety, personal hygiene, diet requirements, nutrition, environmental issues and menu planning ready for KS4.


In KS4 students work towards either the Arts Award Bronze or a BTEC First Award in Music. 

For the BTEC in Music, students will need to study the music industry and put on their own music event such as an album launch or concert (Core Unit 1: The Music Industry and Core Unit 2: Managing a Music Product.  They can then choose two optional units from the following:

Unit 3 – Introduction to Live Sound:  Learning how to rig up hard ware for a live music performance and understand live sound engineering.

Unit 5 - Introduction to Music Performance: This includes recording your rehearsals and progress followed by a performance on an instrument such as the keyboard, guitar, drum kit, voice or ukulele

Unit 4 - Introduction to Music Composition: creating a piece of music to meet a brief

Unit 6 – Introduction to Music Recording: planning a recording session and using recording equipment to produce a multi-track recording.

Unit 7 – Introduction to Music Sequencing: producing their own music using Logic Pro X and sharing their skills.

For the Arts Award Bronze you will develop your music skills either as a producer or performer.  You will research your favourite musician, watch and review performances and pass your skills on to others. You will make a plan and keep a record of what you do, videoing and recording your thoughts and what you have learnt.  You do not get a grade/points for completing the Arts Award but it is a nationally recognised qualification.

As part of their KS4 studies students have the opportunity to perform in school and public events such as the Arts Shows, the Local Offer, events hosted by the Leicester-Shire Music Service, Winter Wonderland Show, and festivals hosted by other schools and colleges. Students have also enjoyed planning trips to and visiting local music providers, studios and going to see musicians such as Bugsy Malone, Akala, as well as live local bands, DJs and grime artists as part of their research.


Within GCSE Art and Textiles, students aim to become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques. Students develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts and as appropriate to our own work and chosen areas of study. These intentions are realised through purposeful engagement with visual language, concepts, media, materials and the application of appropriate techniques and working methods. In year 10 students focus on Component 1 (portfolio & further studies: 60%). Students develop responses to personalised starting points, specified tasks and realise intentions informed by research, the development and refinement of ideas and meaningful engagement with selected sources. Responses will include evidence of drawing for different purposes and needs along with written annotation.


In Design Technology the curriculum covers a range of different materials and processes over the key stage. These are explored through practical projects such as pencil cases, LED lights, pewter casting and sweet machines. Students learn to use tools and machines safely and confidently to nurture their creativity. Each half term, a different practical project is explored whilst developing student’s knowledge of theory in order to prepare them for KS4.