Creative Arts (2015 to 2017)

British Values

The Creative Arts department promotes British Values through the curriculum and teaching methods as well as these being part of the overall academy ethos. 

The democratic process is included in a very simplistic way with students openly voting for students to take roles in Drama and voting on the awarding of vivos in Art lessons for high quality work. 

Health and Safety is the main subject specific area which involves students being aware of the Rule of Law.  Throughout the school there are many rules, however in the creative arts department there are a wide range of subject specific rules particularly with regard to the equipment used, amps, craft knives etc.  Different rules and regulations apply to those that may be required in other teaching areas. 

There are a range of extra opportunities that students are able to choose from within creative arts, all subject areas have a linked subject for Period 6, as well as taking part in school shows, concerts, and attending catch up clubs. 

Mutual respect is included within all creative arts subject areas in many ways.  Discussions in particular are areas that are used for students to give their opinion and listen to the opinion of others.  This can also link to peer assessment and critique with students using constructive criticism.  A simple show of respect such as a round of applause after a person has performed in Music or Drama is encouraged.  Sharing of equipment, and ensuring the equipment is respected and fit to be used by others in also important.

Learning about music and art from other countries and cultures forms part of lessons and some curriculum enrichment days.



During KS3 Art and Design, students will learn a range of skills including:

  • Learning to use specialist vocabulary

  • Develop a range of understanding about different materials

  • How to evaluate and refine their work

  • Look at the work of others, both their peers, and artists

  • Work independently and in groups

Students will experiment with a range of materials and processes

  • Drawing materials, pens, pencils, coloured pencils

  • Painting

  • Printmaking

  • Ceramics

  • Paper Mache

  • Oil pastels

  • Year 7 students begin by looking at the 6 Visual Elements

  • Line

  • Tone

  • Colour

  • Pattern

  • Texture

  • Shape and Form

Students then undertake a project which develops further on this knowledge to improve their skills based on a set theme.

Year 8 students study projects which are based around a selected artist.  The work completed during these projects include observational drawing, artist reference, development of ideas, working in a range of materials, and a final outcome.

These projects build and improve on the skills they have already gained, along side learning new skills which include clay work.


Art and Design is a subject student can opt for in Year 9.

Students develop further on the knowledge they have gained throughout Key stage 3. We follow the AQA examination board, with students working on a range of topics during their 2 years including:

  • Portraiture

  • Landscape

  • Natural Forms

  • Cubism

  • Pop Art

  • Still Life

Students also experiment with a wide range of materials improving and refining the skills they have gained at KS3.  These materials include:

  • Drawing materials, pens, pencils and coloured pencils

  • Charcoal

  • Chalk

  • Oil pastel

  • Collage

  • Printmaking

  • Textiles

  • Ceramics

Coursework is 60% of the overall mark, with the exam making up the remaining 40%.

Students must complete 4 Objectives for each project these are:

  • Artist and Cultural reference

  • Development of ideas

  • Observational work (both primary and secondary sources)

  • A final outcome (this conclusion can be completed in a range of materials) 


Art and Design is a subject students can opt for in Year 12.  Students are expected to have gained a GCSE in Art or a related subject at grade C or above to be eligible to complete the AS/A2 course, although exceptions may be made at interview if a portfolio of work is available to view. 

We follow the OCR examination board, with students being provided with broad theme, allowing them to develop their own sub themes for their work.


Music is the most universal of all the arts. Music is something to be treasured and surrounds at all times of the day. Music is a powerful and unique form of communication. Music can change the way pupils feel, think, and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. The teaching of music develops student's ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. Music encourages active involvement in different forms of performance, both individual and communal, in turn developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. Finally it increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. Students are encouraged to develop their strengths and receive credits for them; students do not have to read music in order to be successful.

All students at DSLV are taught Music during KS3. Music then becomes an option at KS4. Teaching at KS3 is by mixed ability group and aims to afford each student access to a curriculum which is challenging to all levels of ability as well as being diverse, introducing students to a plethora of musical styles from different periods in time and from all around the world.

The majority of work undertaken in the Music department is of a practical nature - allowing the students to put into practice the theoretical knowledge they have acquired during lessons. The range of provision in the department allows students to perform, create and experience putting their skills into use in a multitude of ways ranging from performing on the guitar, keyboard or percussion to composing on a brand new set of PC's offering the latest technology in score production and multi-track recording.

Learning in the classroom is supported by our talented and dedicated team of peripatetic instrumental teachers. In support of the curriculum students are given the opportunity to extend their musical education through lessons on:

  • String instruments (Violin / Viola / Cello / Double Bass)

  • Brass instruments (Trumpet / Horn / Trombone / Tuba)

  • Wind instruments (Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Bassoon / Saxophone)

  • Percussion instruments (including drum kit)

  • Guitars (Electric / Acoustic / Classical / Bass)

Music Department Aims

  • To provide an environment where appropriate learning can take place and to allow each student to achieve maximum potential

  • To inspire interest in both the learning of music, and participation in musical activities

  • To provide a wealth of opportunity for students to gain first hand experience of the performance of different styles music at the highest possible standard both in and out of school

  • To develop an understanding of how music plays an important role in the everyday lives of people all around the world

  • To enable students to be able to make an informed choice about both the quality and validity of different styles of music

  • To enable students to experience music from all time periods, and all around the world

  • To develop skills of analysis, enquiry and discussion that can be applied to other subjects and used in later life

  • To prepare and train KS3 students for GCSE

  • To enable every KS4 student who opts to take GCSE music to leave school with a qualification in music that demonstrates that students at DSLV reach their full potential

  • To attain the highest possible standards of attainment at KS5, preparing students and providing important experiences necessary to study at degree level and in the music industry

For information on the Key Stage 3 curriculum please click here

For information on the Key Stage 4 curriculum please click here

For information on the Key Stage 5 curriculum please click here


We are dedicated to making sure that there is the opportunity for every student who wants to take part in extra-curricular musical clubs to do so, no matter their level of ability.

We are currently offering the following extra-curricular clubs:

  • String Orchestra

  • Wind Band

  • School Production

  • String Ensembles / Quartets

  • Wind Ensemble / Quartets / Trios

  • Guitar Ensemble

  • Rock Bands

  • Brass Band

  • Senior Brass Ensemble

  • Jazz Ensemble

  • Senior Jazz Quartet

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