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Creative arts


APT will be an extensive exploration of performance skills as performers, musicians and will develop their creative intelligence, giving all students a well rounded set of skills that will serve them well for higher education and to excel in the creative arts industry.


Here at Woodlands Art is uniquely placed to offer knowledge and skills that can be applied to the wider world, within the creative industries and can be linked to almost all areas of study and personal development. We are proud to offer our pupils the chance to develop and prosper in a way that benefits them for the rest of their lives.

Click here for our curriculum intent.


Drama is uniquely placed to offer knowledge and skills that can be applied to the wider world and can be linked to almost all areas of study and personal development. Students will develop the skills and passion for acting and performing, as well as developing an understanding and empathy for sensitive subject matters/ topics to embed into performances. Students will develop confidence and creativity, as well as a wide range of knowledge of the subject, including various performance genres (such as comedy and tragedy), key Drama practitioners and styles.

What will you study?

In Key stage 3 you will study the following topics:

In Key stage 4 you will study the following topics:

Beyond the Classroom

There are a number of extra-curricular opportunities within the Drama Department that are available to students, including:

  • Theatre trips
  • Whole school summer musical
  • Drama clubs (Yrs 7-9)
  • APT Drama

Film studies

Please follow this link to the film studies page.


Our Music curriculum aims to build a foundation for all pupils to achieve at Key Stage 4. At Woodlands we offer Music Technology and Graded Trinity examinations in Music Performance.  Both qualifications support pupils in pursuing a career in the Music, Arts and Technological industries and also provide pupils with DFE recognised qualifications to support further education.

Trinity Graded Examinations. Pupils will perform three Trinity grade 6 musical pieces on an instrument of their choice and a Sessions Skills study. The exam takes place at the end of year 11 with an external examiner grading all pupils' performances individually (each exam lasting between 20 and 30 minutes). This course is perfect for pupils with a passion for music performance and will require pupils to be dedicated to their instrument and comfortable when working independently 

VCert Music Technology NCFE. Pupils will explore the creation and manipulation of sound using Cubase and the school studio. The core skills assessed are; Sound Creation, Composition, Microphones and Sound Creation. 50% of this course is four pieces of coursework and the remaining 50% is two examinations, one practical and one written.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum takes the core skills needed to succeed at Key Stage 4 and makes them accessible to younger ages building a platform to project and achieve every pupil's full potential. 

Topics covered:

Click here for our curriculum intent document.

Beyond the classroom

In music we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and have a great selection of facilities for the students to use.

  • Choir – Specific group for vocalists
  • APT – A group for advanced musicians (audition required)
  • Rehearsal spaces – Available to book and use at lunch or afterschool
  • Recording Studio – Available to book and use at lunch or afterschool
  • Shout out loud – Any ability is welcome to help build confidence
  • School Show – A huge production involving all areas of creative arts

Useful links

Woodlands Creative arts

Trinity Rock and Pop

NCFE Music Technology

Bitesize music