Beaumont Leys

Creative Arts

Welcome to the Creative Arts Faculty curriculum area, which includes the subjects Art, Music, and Drama.

Curriculum Intent

Art, Music and Drama fall under the umbrella of the Creative Arts Faculty. A holistic experience of the Arts is not only obtained from within the National Curriculum framework, but is also the result of many diverse experiences.

Creative teaching and learning strategies add to this experience both within the Arts and in links with other curriculum areas. An important aspect of the Creative Arts is the extensive extra-curricular opportunities offered to students. Students have access to clubs and workshops, daily, facilitated by a variety of specialists and practitioners.

Trips to galleries, cities and places of culture alongside musical theatre and studio experiences are part of the ethos of our faculty.  Every year we hold a Creative Arts week where we host a variety of arts based workshops, giving our students the chance to participate in something they would never normally get the chance to experience. We showcase our students’ musical, theatrical and artistic talents during the week, bring in local University providers and volunteers, explore careers in the Arts, and ensure that everyone in the school has an opportunity to experience something new during the week.

We believe that all students should have access to a broad range of high quality Arts provision that enriches their experiences and allows them to explore values, attitudes, feelings and meanings. It is a vehicle to celebrate the achievements of our school, its’ students and the community. The Arts present a unique area of experience that is critical to the development of young people.

Creative Arts Teaching team:



Contact Email

Ms McCallum

Faculty Team Leader Creative Arts - Teacher of Art

Mrs Cartwright

Senior Standards Leader - Teacher of Drama

Miss Trolley

Team Leader for Competency Curriculum and Teacher of Drama

Mrs Gadher

Teacher of Art, Diversity Champion

Ms Sanderson

Teacher of Music 


Two fabulous Art studios equipped for painting, printmaking and 3D work. Drama Studio and performance space in the hall with tiered seating for up to 220 people, also equipped with professional sound and lighting system.  A well-equipped Music Room with four practice rooms, and a small recording studio.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8


Skills Based Learning- Understanding the Formal Elements that underpin techniques, processes and theory.

Artist Research – focus on Van Gogh and his contemporaries-(inclusive of colour theory and texture)


Buildings and Architecture –(inclusive of Formal elements, line, tone, pattern, form and artists.

Superheroes and Villains –Illustration project – (inclusive of formal elements- focus on colour, tone , texture and artists)




Introduction to Drama- Skills and Techniques.

Perseus and Medusa-Greek Mythology.


Harry Potter - (revisit skills and techniques from year 7- devising, performance roles.

Crime and Punishment.




Elements, Pachelbel, Blues, Samba, Ukelele-

Focus on the three key components of Performing, Composing, Appraising

Classical Music, Rap, Pop 4 Chord song, Gamelan, Ukelele

Revisit and focus on  key components of Performing, Composing, Appraising

KS3 Assessment

Art - In Year 7 students complete a baseline skills assessment and a knowledge assessment at the end of their first term. They are gradually introduced to assessment, based on the four objectives used to assess GCSE Art, which also links with the National Curriculum for Art. Skills are embedded in to schemes of learning from Year 7 onwards, and are revisited every year to secure confidence and technical skill. Students are formatively assessed throughout each project, and have summative assessment at the end. Work is mostly practical and focuses on building confidence in new materials.  

Music - Students are introduced to the skills of performing, composing and appraising in Year 7and revisit them every year to become more competent. Students complete mini assessments throughout the year, as well as a knowledge assessment.  Work is mostly practical and skills are revisited in Year 8through different projects, to secure knowledge, skill and confidence.

Drama - Students in KS3 are formatively assessed throughout each topic and have summative assessment at the end of each topic.  They will be assessed on their ability to devise and create work, their technical performance skills and also their ability to evaluate their own work and the work of others. Work is mainly practical. Year 8 involves revisiting these skills and nurturing confidence in performance.

Creative Arts Lesson.

Students have one lesson a fortnight of Creative Arts which explores how Music, Drama and Art come together in the Creative Arts Industry. For example-This year we are exploring the Musicals, Oliver and Matilda. In previous years we have looked at Hairspray.  



Qualification name: GCSE Fine Art

Awarding body: AQA

Fine Art practice is defined here as the need to explore ideas, respond to a theme or issue of personal significance. After learning about the different styles and techniques in Art students put these into practice in final pieces individually created in ten hour sessions. Students are encouraged to explore local artists, as well as contemporary and diverse artists and are introduced to links to careers and opportunities.

The course is made up of two units: one coursework portfolio component which is internally set and one component which is externally set. The external exam unit is completed in Year 11 when students have developed their full potential and explored a wide variety of artists, techniques and processes, in order to become confident and show their expertise in the exam projects. Coursework weighting is 60% of the overall grade. The exam component is worth 40% of the overall grade. Students are encouraged to try painting, drawing, sculpture and 3D, pattern design, printing and many more. A strong interest in drawing is encouraged. Students need to annotate their art work throughout and are encouraged to critique, read and discuss their work and that of others, before writing their annotations. In year 11, they complete an 8 week exam project which culminates in a 10 hour final outcome.

There are no tiers in this subject.

Current students have enjoyed trips to the Lincolnshire coast and explored Liverpool for their cities of Culture project. Clubs, intervention, external agencies.

KS4 topics covered

  • Cities of Culture
  • British Seaside
  • Food & Drink
  • I, Me & Mine
  • GCSE Fine Art - AQA.

GCSE Music


Qualification name: GCSE Music

Entry Requirement: must be able to play an instrument or sing.

Awarding body: EDUQAS

The course is made up of the following components:

  • Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices
  • Area of study 2: Musical for ensembles
  • Area of Study 3: Film Music
  • Area of study 4: Popular Music You will need to be able to perform and write compositions within these areas.

Practical skills of composing music and performing will be refined and will demonstrate creativity, reflection and resilience, as well as developing confidence and presentation skills. Studying music will give you opportunities for higher order thinking, by considering ideas which go beyond language. This is great brain-training which will help you in other areas too.

The course covers practical playing, composition and written work. Students must be happy and confident to perform and must be able to play an instrument or sing.

The overall GCSE mark is made up off: 30% performance (two performances) 30% composition (two compositions) 40% appraising (8 exam questions which is the final exam in year 11, two set works plus unfamiliar music) appraising.

Course Website:

Performing Arts - Drama



Qualification name: BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts Level 1/ 2

Awarding body: Pearson BTEC


The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts is ideal for you if would like to develop practical skills and find out more about performing arts. This course offers a practical introduction to life and work in the performing arts industry and will give you the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. You will also develop key skills, such as creating performance or design content for a real vocational scenario. The qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE.

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that is externally assessed. The three-block structure - explore, develop and apply - allows students to build on and embed their knowledge, allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned. The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.  Please note that this is not a wholly practical course.


 1: Exploring the Performing Arts Component

 2: Developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts Component

 3: Performing to a brief.

Course Website: ec-tech-awards/performing-arts-2022.html

Topics covered:

  • Understanding a range of performance styles.
  • Skills and techniques in performance.
  • Roles and responsibilities in the performing arts.
  • Practitioners and how they create and influence performance material.
  • Reviewing progress and setting targets.
  • Responding to a brief/stimulus.