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The Arts


“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

- Erin Morgenstern, multimedia artist and author.


The Arts Pathway is an opportunity for students who have selected to study one or more creative subjects in the Sixth Form. Students who opt for this pathway will be innovative, creative, enjoy a challenge and desire practical experience in the industry.

The course will engage students in a variety of different Arts based experiences; dependant and driven by individual artistic passions. Students will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals to get a flavour for some of roles and positions that exist under the broad umbrella of ‘The Arts.’

After the initial skills-based ‘in house’ film making project, the layout of the course will be project-based and mainly student led. 

The Pathway


For the Arts Pathway it is expected the students will elect to study at least 1 of the following subjects; Art, Drama & Theatre, English Literature, or Music at A Level. It would be a valuable experience for those wishing to be, or have an interest in working with; artists, writers, composers, performers, directors, producers, curators and librarians. We are approaching the unit from the perspective that, ‘In a rapidly changing world, we will need people who can question, adapt and invent as well as analyse and use existing knowledge.’


Thematically, the pathway will be based around the power of ‘storytelling.’ The programme will open with a skills based practical unit on film making. All aspects of creating a film will be explored and will be led by experienced industry professionals. This will run as a 10-week course on a Tuesday afternoon and students will actively participate in the processes of; editing, storyboarding, acting, script writing and presenting. Once students have equipped themselves with the skills necessary to create a film and have gained a better understanding of their own interests and talents, they will embark on work experience and complete an Arts based project.
Enrichment opportunities
  • Film making project held in school by industry professionals
  • BBC: On set experience
  • ITV access to set
  • Working with students and teachers of Drama in a local theatre company
  • Lectures in Journalism
  • Media Experience
  • Engagement with the local community
  • Artists in Residence on site
  • Visits to local theatre companies and galleries


Example list of creative initiatives that would be student led


  • CHS Arts podcast
  • Film festival
  • CHS TED Talk - Arts based content for peers
  • Radio station
  • Blogging
  • Directing
  • Film critique
  • Sixth Form Play
  • Photography, Sculpture & Painting Exhibition

The Arts Pathway lead: Mrs Vickie Gardner.