Curriculum Overviews



"The Arts Faculty is a vibrant faculty.  It is made up of three distinct and highly successful subject areas:  Art and Design, Drama and Music. The aim of the Arts faculty is to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the Arts and to encourage creativity through the explanation of the various art forms. As a faculty we endeavour to stimulate a lasting enjoyment and interest in the Arts. We offer extensive extra-curricular activities which give pupils the opportunity to further their artistic skills and talents and to develop their self-confidence." (Ms. V. Catcheside, Faculty Leader)


Aims of Key Stage 3: 

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow exciting programmes of study in Art, Music and Drama. Projects of work are theme based and focus on the development of knowledge, practical skills and basic understanding of theory forms a solid foundation for GCSE/BTEC at Key Stage 4.


Aims of Key Stage 4: 

At Key Stage 4 pupils have the option to further develop their skills in the Arts by choosing one or more of the following courses;


Useful Websites: 

GCSE Art and Design - Art, Craft and Design, Graphic Communication - Exam board: AQA: 

GCSE Drama - Examination board: EDUQAS: 

GCSE Music - Examination board: AQA:

BTEC Music - Examination board: EDEXCEL:



There are many opportunities for pupils to be involved in extra-curricular activities in the Arts. These include weekly lunchtime and after school clubs in Art, Drama and Music, as well as annual events such as concerts, productions and exhibitions in school and across Manchester. 

The Music department offers instrumental and vocal tuition. Lessons are available for piano, drum kit, brass, woodwind, strings or vocals. Extra opportunities are also available for students to take Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music instrumental, vocal or theory of Music examinations.


Student Feedback:

"I like Art as I get to use my imagination and can express myself in lots of different and creative ways."

"I like Music because it allows you to express your inner voice and connect to others." Yr 10 pupil

" I enjoy music because we get to learn about how the Music Industry works and the practical lessons are always fun". Yr 10 pupil

"I really enjoy drama, the techniques we have learnt have helped me gain so much more self-confidence since I started in year 7"


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