The Faculty of Expressive Arts is a very successful area at Sir Jonathan North Community College encompassing Art, Dance, Drama and Music. Our students have a wide experience in the Arts in the curriculum and in extra curricular activities. We are an experienced team who work very closely in support of each other. The College is widely known locally for the distinctiveness, quality and range of its work in the Arts and has achieved Arts Mark Gold Award.
We are a Specialist Visual Arts College, with Digital Arts as a significant part of our specialism at Sir Jonathan North taught in a suite designed for the purpose. Art, Dance, Drama and Music are taught in specialist rooms, expectations are high in this area. We have a Dance and Drama studio, two music classrooms with additional practice rooms, three Art rooms plus a Dark room and Digital Arts studio. The excellent facilities and specialist staff encourage students to have a high regard for Expressive Arts. This is shown by their commitment in class work across the key stages and in extended or extra curricular activities. We ensure the students' experience is enhanced by using visiting artists.
At Key Stage 3, Year 7 and 9 students have three one-hour lessons of Expressive Arts each week. One of these is Art, one Music and one in either Dance or Drama for half a year each. In year 8, all students have the opportunity to study dance and drama throughout the whole year.
At Key Stage 4 subjects are offered within option blocks. All students are offered an Expressive Arts subject and have the opportunity to take two if they wish. Many students take advantage of this opportunity.
There are a broad range of Expressive Arts clubs and activities which take place throughout the week. We have clubs in Digital Art, Film and Animation, Dance, Drama and Music offering opportunities across the year groups. We offer trips relevant to the course to enhance student commitment and engagement.