Creative Arts

Art & Design

Art and design is one element of the creative arts department at Queen Ethelburga’s and shares the skills and resources of the design and technology department to offer a range of subject routes that go beyond the traditional subject choices.

Students are introduced to art very early in the school and are encouraged to explore their creativity through a range of 2D and 3D media and to experiment with analogue and digital approaches to realising their artistic intentions.

Through Key Stage 3 these skills are developed through a wide range of stimulating tasks and, because of the experience, many students choose to continue to GCSE level study and beyond.

A large range of well-equipped rooms staffed by experts in their specialist areas offer routes through fashion, fine art, photography and 3D craft allowing students to choose from many different areas of focus from sculpture and painting to architecture and jewellery.  They have the freedom to explore their creativity in accommodation that is inspirational and well-resourced, and the work produced, which is often award winning, adorns the corridors around the school inspiring the next generation of artists and designers.

Design & Technology

Design and technology is one element of the creative arts department at Queen Ethelburga’s and shares the skills and resources of the art and design department to offer a range of subject routes that go beyond the traditional subject choices.

Students are introduced to the subject in Key Stage 2 but really begin their creative journey in Year 6 where they are introduced to the concept of a full design and make project incorporating traditional making skills with CAD and 3D printing.

As they progress through Key Stage 3 they undertake a variety of design contexts in a range of materials and tasks that cover 3D drawing, problem solving, CAD, CAM and rapid prototyping. These projects are carefully planned to cover the requirements of the National Curriculum and much of what is needed to prepare for success at GCSE.

With three well-equipped rooms with CAD and workshop facilities, students can realise their ideas in prototype form while learning about designing for real clients and genuine market needs and wants. Our goal is to prepare students for a life in design and engineering while also providing valuable life skills in an environment that is stimulating and fun!

Music

Music is very much at the heart of Queen Ethelburga's and works closely with performing arts as an important element in the school’s creative arts provision.

Like many creative subjects, it is introduced very early in school which encourages an appreciation of the learning and performance of music from a young age.

As students progress through the key stages, they learn more about instruments, music and performance both as solo performers and as part of an ensemble.  

We encourage students to work in analogue and digital media and to appreciate a wide range of musical styles to develop skills not only as musicians but also to appreciate the beauty of music and the benefits it can bring as a global language.

Music is delivered in spacious and well-equipped accommodation by a range of teachers and peripatetic staff who are all experts in their specialist area, be that composition, performance, digital music or musical theatre.

The musical performances of students throughout the year are exceptional. They act as an inspiration for others and form an invaluable part of the creative arts experience at the school.

Drama & Performing Arts

Drama and performing arts are very much at the centre of school life and attract students of all ages, interests and backgrounds with the opportunity to perform in public, to develop their creativity in acting and devising and to grow in confidence as individuals.

Drama is housed in beautiful purpose-built accommodation and makes use of the King’s Theatre which is a professional venue for performance.

A popular subject it also provides numerous opportunities throughout the year for students to perform in smaller productions as well as a large-scale whole school production, senior and King's Magna productions, as well as the House competition as part of the wider QE community.

Many students have gone on to great success from their drama and performing arts studies securing places at RADA, LAMDA, AMDA and the Central School of Speech and Drama, and into the theatre and television industries. The drama productions at QE are of an extremely high standard and form an invaluable part of the creative arts experience at the school. 

Visit King's theatre website to see our performance programme for 2018/19