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Music, Arts & Design

Music: What’s it all about?

The musical experience at Orchard School follows a broad and diverse curriculum which is laid out in a ‘student learning’ journey. Students are introduced to the elements of music, and develop their knowledge and understanding through appraising, composing and performing in Years 7 and 8.

In Year 9 students can choose music as an option in Performing Arts. Gifted musicians can access individual tutors outside the curriculum and during enrichment time. At KS4 the students can choose to take Performing Arts, Music Technology NCFE Vcert or Music GCSE, which equips them with the skills and qualifications they need to embark on further study at college or university.

IN BRIEF: Music is the art of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.


  • Giles Butcher, BA (Hons) Fine Art, PGCE Head of Department Music, Art and Design

Design: What’s it all about?

Design & Technology enables students to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, in order to design, make, analyse and evaluate products of high quality. 

We use assessments to monitor student progress, provide information in relation to attainment and to form a basis for individual action planning.

IN BRIEF: The Design department is equipped for the full range of design and technology disciplines, including Food Technology, Engineering and Product Design at KS4.


  • Mark Commane, BEd (Hons) in Design & Technology
  • Kirsty Pettett, First Class BA (Hons) in Textiles/Surface Design
  • Emily Siddon, National Diploma in art and design (triple distinction), BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textile Design, PGCE in Design and Technology.

Art: What’s it all about?

Our Key Stage 3 programme of study follows a broad and varied curriculum; encouraging pupils to build greater awareness of the world around them and aiming to instill a sense of enthusiasm for the visual Arts whilst also developing a broad range of practical skills and experiences. 

Recent projects in year 7 have included developing basic drawing and painting techniques, Fauvism, Portraiture and Pop Art using mixed media. In Year 8 we have used the work of artist Pablo Picasso as a starting point to explore cubism and symbolism in African masks.  In Year 9 pupils further their artistic development and are encouraged to work more independently whilst considering their options for further study in Years 10 and 11, currently on offer are GCSE Art, GCSE Art with Photography and GCSE Art Textiles.

Trip and activities we have run this past year included visiting a photographic exhibition at the MShed, and an installation exhibit at Spike Island and a trip to The Tate Gallery in London, as well as photography mini shoots in various locations around the city. Our artist in residence Anna Fedelziak has offered a range of excellent workshops this year.

IN BRIEF: Art is the expression of human creative skill, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.


  • Nicola Williams,  BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Retail Management, PGCE in Secondary Art and Design.
  • Shut Howell,  BA (Hons) Fine Art, PGATC.
  • Kirsty Pettett, First Class (BA) Hons in Textiles/Surface Design, PGCE.

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