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Specialist Arts


We are committed to fully utilise our specialist status in the arts as a medium for developing pupils’communication, social and independence skills, building both their self-confidence and self-esteem. This provides a fantastic opportunity for pupils to further develop their cultural, spiritual and moral awareness, with a curriculum that provides and ensures inclusion for all across the whole school.


The arts permeates the whole school enabling all pupils to have wonderful opportunities and experiences that underpin all curriculum areas:


  • Techniques that are often seen in the drama studio are employed across the school to aid learning and broaden understanding. Pupils are encouraged to use role play, hot-seating and tableau picture to expand and reinforce classroom-based learning.
  • Art is often used as a way of reflection and a means of interpretation for difficult topics. Having, using and creating visual stimuli is extremely beneficial for pupils who have language difficulties, as art allows them to express themselves freely without word.
  • Sound and music are used as very powerful  tools across the curriculum. They enhance pupil receptiveness, and can provoke discussions and promote emotions in difficult subject areas.


Artsmark Award


We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award! 

We have been working hard towards this accreditation for the last 2 years in all areas of the curriculum.  

The detailed feedback from the Arts Council celebrates our 'clear commitment to providing rich arts and cultural opportunities' and recognises our 'impact on pupils progress, attendance rates and positive attitudes to learning.'  It also praises our newly formed Arts Ambassador and Arts Council roles, theatre school curriculum, our work in the community and the raised profile of dance across the school.  

The school would like to thank all the staff and pupils for their enthusiasm and support throughout our Artsmark journey.