Curriculum

Introduction

The Faculty of Expressive Arts includes the ArtDrama and Music Departments.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils have one lesson per week for Art, Drama and Music. At GCSE students have one double and one single lesson per week for Art, Drama and Music. There are usually two GCSE Art groups, one or two GCSE Drama groups and one GCSE Music group in both Years 10 and 11.

The Music Department has one large Music Room, an Ensemble Room and five Practise Rooms. The department is very well equipped, including sixteen i-Mac computers. The Art Department consists of two specialist teaching rooms. There are also several areas for the display of art throughout the school. For Drama we have a fully equipped ‘black-box’ Drama Studio which can seat 100 people. We also have a second Drama Studio with four rehearsal rooms attached. School productions and Concerts etc. take place in the Gym or Sports Hall. These spaces can be converted into large theatre spaces with staging equipment owned by the school.

In addition to standard curriculum work, the Expressive Arts Faculty produces regular Music Concerts, an annual Talent Show, a Key Stage 3 Showcase, Gifted and Talented Days, Art Exhibitions, trips to Art Galleries in the UK and abroad, trips to Theatres as well as hosting theatre companies in school. The largest scale event is the annual School Production. This is always a musical and involves about 30 staff and 150 pupils from all year groups. The most recent productions were: 

2004 Grease

2005 Macbeth and Queen

2006 My Fair Lady

2007 The Sound of Music

2008 Oliver

2009 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with 60s hits)

2010 Hairspray

2011 Romeo and Juliet (with recent hits)

2012 Bugsy Malone - July 2012

2013 Is This It?  - An entirely new musical written by Kingshills Russell Blackaller and Guy Guerrini

2014 Little Shop of Horrors

2015 Our House

2016 Into the Woods

In 2010 the Arts Council awarded Kingshill School the Artsmark Gold Award in recognition of the work of the Expressive Arts Faculty, Dance Department, Extra-Curricular Arts work and teaching of the arts across the curriculum.