The curriculum model is devised by the SLT to deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum whilst also meeting the school aims.

Four Heads of department are responsible for producing schemes of work for the delivery of their subject and the Head of Faculty and Arts College Manager takes up a monitoring role. The timetable is created to ensure specialist teachers are matched to each class and that split groups are eliminated.

The KS4 options system and subsequent timetable blocking, is student-choice led to maximise commitment. The Arts occupy one option block. The uptake of one arts subject is very strongly recommended for all students but it is possible for students to opt to study 2 or 3 arts courses at KS4.

Vocational courses in Art and Design, NCFE Music Technology, BTEC Performance in Dance and Drama, backstage skills and Arts award add breadth and economic perspectives to the arts courses.

All subjects offer out of hour’s cross-curricular learning that includes community activities. We even run fast track music and organize ‘Faculty Theme Days’ to integrate cross curricular multi- cultural arts into the curriculum.

Teaching Staff

  • Mr M Ainscough – (Head of Arts Faculty)
  • Mrs H Robinson – (Head of Music)
  • Miss L Dalton – (Teacher of Music)
  • Mr D Moloney – (Head of Drama)
  • Mrs K Walters – (Teacher of Drama and Member of Senior Leadership Team)
  • Mr B Turner  – (Teacher of Drama)
  • Mr J Kime – (Head of Art)
  • Mrs B Neild – (Teacher of Art)
  • Mr S Bignell – (Teachers of Art)
  • Mrs K McPhail – (Head of Dance)
  • Mrs E Cowan – (Teacher of Dance)

Technicians and Support Staff

  • Ms T Ball – (Community / Arts Administrator)
  • Mr J Corrigan – (Arts Technician)


  • GCSE Applied Art
  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Graphic Communication
  • Arts Award
  • GCSE Music
  • Associated Board Grades ABRSM Grade V
  • NCFE Music Technology
  • BTEC Music
  • GCSE Drama
  • BTEC Performing Arts Drama
  • GCSE Dance
  • BTEC Performance Dance


We believe that the arts have the power to change lives and communities, and to create both education and employment opportunities for our students. The Arts College is committed to getting great art to more people in school and in the community. To help us achieve this we need to recruit and work with great people with a diverse range of skills and attributes, constantly pursuing excellence. Our students have performed locally, and at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, The Brass Band perform each year at Birmingham Symphony Hall and currently hold the title of National Youth Brass Band Champions 2013.