The Arts

Giving creativity the chance to shine

Access to experiences and tuition for all

Drama

Background

1. Live theatre experience for Year 9

Students on the GCSE drama course are required to write a review of a piece of theatre they have seen. However, unfortunately, on too many occasions, Pupil Premium students have little or no contact with theatre experiences.

2. Gecko workshop for all year groups

Many students attend weekend drama groups, funded by parents and carers, returning to class with more confidence and extra skills. However, costs mean that often Pupil Premium students were excluded from these welcome and important extra-curricular groups.

The Pupil Premium solution

1. Live theatre experience for Year 9

Thanks to Pupil Premium funding, the whole of the Year 9 cohort were able to see a live theatre performance at the local Key Theatre – something that many had never experienced before.

2. Gecko workshops for all year groups

When we were asked if our Year 10s would like to take part in a day of free workshops with award-winning physical theatre company Gecko, we were keen to ensure that our Pupil Premium students could attend as well. We took students from Years 9 to 12 as well; all students were able to learn the techniques of physical theatre storytelling and work creatively with other young people from the region – in the case of Pupil Premium students, typically for the very first time.

 

Results

All students passed their GCSE Drama qualification this year.

1. Live theatre experience for Year 9

All students returned from the theatre with a new understanding and appreciation of what drama means when turned from theory into performance. Not only were students able to write reviews of the play as per the course, they also took with them broader insights that they could apply to their own creativity.

“Wow miss, I had no idea the play was like that!” Year 9 student

2. Gecko workshops for all year groups

The workshops were a huge success: Pupil Premium students were able to incorporate their new technical skills into their devised pieces of theatre for their GCSE exams. Perhaps just as importantly, Pupil Premium students were able to shed their inhibitions and work with other students to collaborate on creative ideas – a real breakthrough for many.

 

Building on the Pupil Premium success in 2016-2017

1. Live theatre experience for Year 9

Next year, we intend to ensure this compulsory trip can become a funded theatre experience and a regular part of the Year 9 course, so that all students can gain an understanding of drama in its live context.

2. Gecko workshops for all year groups

We hope to use Pupil Premium funding to strengthen our relationships with local and international theatre groups, and for Pupil Premium students to have funds available for extra-curricular drama and arts activities.

Music

Background

The study and practice of music cannot be confined purely to the classroom. Music students typically thrive academically when they participate outside of the usual school timetable – at home, or as members of external groups or workshops. However, we found that, because of cost issues, Pupil Premium students were often unable to benefit from the many extra-curricular activities that their peers enjoyed. We were keen to tackle this problem.

The Pupil Premium solution

By providing one-on-one instrumental tuition for students, we were able to support our Pupil Premium students’ love and passion of the subject and their specific area of interest, whether it be singing, piano, the drums or guitar etc.

Results

Pupil Premium funding has proved vital in helping students make the most of their talents. Students gain the technical skills they need to participate in events and perform in concerts in and out of school – the boost to their confidence is evident in increased achievement within the classroom.

A staggering 100% of students who received pupil premium money for their instrument tuition achieved an A*-B in GCSE Music.

Equally fantastic is that 100% of students who received pupil premium money for instrumental tuition met or exceeded their target grade in BTEC Music.

“The Pupil Premium money enabled me to receive singing lessons with a professional coach. I have been able to get much better as a performer and have been able to sing in school shows and concerts.”  Y10 student

 

Building on the Pupil Premium success in 2016-2017

This year, we aim to use Pupil Premium funding to facilitate more musical workshops and activities, so that more students are engaged and enjoy positive experiences. We also plan to take students to see a greater range of live music performances – including seeing live professional orchestras – so that students broaden their musical horizons, cultivate exciting creative responses, and make the most of their talents.

Art

Background

Thanks to Pupil Premium funding over the last five years, the Art department has been able to recruit visiting local artists to focus on helping Pupil Premium students maximise their creativity. Not only do artist-run workshops help students’ work, they also engender a real sense of achievement – something that many Pupil Premium students may not have previously experienced.

The Pupil Premium solution

This year, using Pupil Premium funding, we invested in additional, exciting artistic experiences for nearly 50 KS3 and KS4 Pupil Premium students, by continuing to collaborate with a wide range of artists and practitioners.

Results

Over 65% of those students who benefited from workshop initiatives selected an Art subject to study at KS4 with the same % of Year 11s meeting or exceeding target grades at GCSE and BTEC level.

Celebration cards were sent home to all Year 9 and 10 students as they displayed an improved attitude to learning following workshop attendance with increased attendance at after-school clubs.

“I would just like to say a big thank you to you and Miss Clarke for giving X the opportunity to attend and for organising the last two art pupil premium Future & Pledges days”. X has enjoyed studying Art this term even more than last year and clearly gets a great deal out of the lessons and opportunities.” Parent of Yr 8 student

From exploring the theme of animals through sculpture with Andrew Glasby, (Artist and School Governor), felting with Eve Marshall and painting on canvas with Charron Pugsley-Hill, to photography sessions at a local zoo, and graffiti workshops, Pupil Premium students have been able to develop new insights and explore their own creativity in a liberating environment.

Building on the Pupil Premium success in 2016-2017

Next year, our goal is to use Pupil Premium funding to keep challenging students to challenge themselves. We aim to organise new artist visits and workshops in such areas as digital art, gaming and animation, so that students continue to develop their understanding of what they’re capable of.