The Marsh Academy

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Creative and Performing Arts

Department Name:

Creative and Performing Arts


Miss S. Ball & Mr J. Maxim

Department description:

Our Creative and Performing Arts faculty encompasses the areas of Art, Dance, Drama, Media Studies and Music with the aim of establishing and developing students’ knowledge across and between The Arts. All students have the opportunity to express themselves creatively in a stimulating environment which is extremely well equipped with Dance, Drama, Music and Art studios as well a professional Theatre with ‘State of the Art’ lighting and sound technology.

We offer a wide range of extended day activities, including Dance and Drama workshops, Art and craft activities, learning a new instrument and joining ensembles such as Choir and the Ukulele Orchestra. The Marsh Theatre is the perfect venue for performances, including: solo appearances, gigs, concerts and whole school productions; the most recent being 'The Wiz', 'Little Shop of Horrors' and 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'.  Through these performances students have the opportunity to explore the practicalities involved in promotion and advertising within the Arts as well as engaging in the back-stage elements of productions, for example stage make-up, costume and set design. Our Music Tuition Scheme and Saturday Morning School also offers students the opportunity to take up individual music tuition and to partake in further Dance, Drama and Art workshops.



Drama allows for many different interactions and contextual experiences. Its experiential nature allows students to address complex issues and gives them the opportunity to explore in-depth human interactions within a safe and nurturing environment.

Throughout KS3 students develop their understanding of the elements of drama (genre, plot, character etc.) using drama skills such as: still image, thought tracking, narration, cross cutting and role play. They also study a variety of texts, both classic and contemporary through the medium of drama, including the use of mask, mime, gesture, proxemics, sound, music, lighting and voice.


Music is an alternative and interesting way to learn about the history of culture and society, whilst learning and developing a range of skills that you may never have thought of before. Here, we allow a perfect opportunity for you to grow in confidence, not only as musicians, but as young adults. 

In Music throughout Years 7 and 8, you will begin to develop a number of instrumental skills, focusing specifically on the keyboard and ukulele, and vocal performance. You will also gain an appreciation of music throughout the last century, studying genres of music such as The Blues, Reggae and Rap. In Year 9, the basic instrumental skills you learnt throughout Years 7 and 8 will be developed further in the context of a live ensemble performance, wherein the skills required to perform effectively as part of a band will be explored.


Here, the curriculum throughout the key stages provides a unique and thorough study of the way a variety of media is used to educate, inform and entertain.  It is the perfect start for any budding journalist, editor, script writer or director’s career, studying the full range of techniques involved in film making, writing for newspapers and magazines, advertising and much more. This also serves as an in-depth study of how the media really can influence our lives on a daily basis. 

In KS3, you will begin your exploration of different media platforms, including print, e-media and moving image, through the studying engaging topics such as: film, magazines, celebrity culture, reality television, soap operas and music videos. Not only that, you will apply all of your new found knowledge and understanding, by creating your magazine, designing the front cover, logos and page spreads, as well as your own reality TV show.


Many people start the Art curriculum in Year 7, worried that they can’t draw, paint or colour inside the lines. Our talented and passionate members of staff will help you to deliver all of your skills throughout Key Stage 3, to allow you the ability to pick up a pencil or paint brush with confidence. In addition, you will be able to learn about a range of different cultures through our brand new Art curriculum, from small villages in the remotest parts of Africa, to modern cityscapes, studying infamous and influential concepts such as the A- Bomb along the way.



GCSE Drama follows on naturally from KS3, with students using the skills that they have already learned as explorative strategies to respond to ideas and issues, communicate their ideas to audiences, and evaluate the effectiveness of their own work and the work of others. They continue to improve and enhance their performance skills and recognise the significance of historical, cultural and social influences on their own work and their performance repertoire.


If you enroll on the BTEC Level 2 Award in Music, you will begin to develop an understanding of how the Music Industry is structured, and the characteristics of its various sectors. You will also be encouraged to experiment with your own musical ideas, in order to create original versions of popular songs; and to come up with something different. By working in our new multi-media rehearsal room and the Theatre, you really are given the creative freedom to explore and rehearse the music you love.

At GCSE you will develop a strong understanding of a range of media and techniques, and the way the industry works. You will begin with an in-depth study of how and why film posters are designed with particular audiences in mind, and how TV Comedy shows are written, directed and packaged, ready for your exam.  There are also two practical units of work to complete. The first involves planning, designing and creating film posters using editing software, such as Fireworks, recommended by those in the industry. The second unit allows you the opportunity of planning and designing your own computer game or filming your own music video to your favourite track.


In Key Stage 4 Art, you will be able to develop a wide variety of skills and processes that you studied in Years 7, 8 and 9, ranging from drawing skills, colour theory and painting to the use of printing and textiles. You will also experiment with a variety of methods to help you to refine and improve work, as well as developing your ability to annotate and evaluate the development of your work over time.


For further information, please see the Post-16 Prospectus.