Head of Cultural Studies: Becky Newbold
A central theme in our ongoing growth as a school is our relationship with our community, both locally and globally. The composition of this faculty reflects these ambitions bringing Music, Physical Education and Computer Science together, all of which are at the forefront of our relationship with the world outside our tight-knit community. We work closely with the British Council to develop links with schools in other countries. These enrich our curriculum and that of our partner schools, broaden the future horizons of our students and provide life-changing opportunities.
Our current menu includes Music performances to public audiences at local music festivals and events on a very regular basis, Geography fieldwork in Iceland, Art curriculum projects with our partners in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine and we are currently planning an exchange visit with our partners in central China. Whilst this work is in its infancy it will be at the heart of our school’s future development as part of an international learning community.
The subjects occupy around one fifth of the lower school curriculum. The Faculty offers a range of subjects for qualification at 16, which include GCSEs in Computer Science, Music and Physical Education alongside BTECs in Business, Dance and Creative iMedia. At Advanced Level the offer is focused around preparation for future working life within the business sector and creative industries, with Advanced Level Business and Music and Advanced BTECs in Creative iMedia and Music Technology.