Creative Arts Faculty
The Faculty encompasses several departments; art, drama, media, music, photography and textiles. Each department works collectively on joint projects that include many annual community events, working with our partner primary schools, and our bi-annual production that normally consists of over 100 participant students. Each department runs a range of extra-curricular activities, that both compliment and extend learning that takes during normal lessons.
Art and Photography Department
There are four full time teachers and one technician.
We have four fully equipped, multi purpose art rooms, a 6th Form art studio, dark room, kiln space and textile room.
KS3 Art and Textiles builds upon core creative skills through exciting topics such as;
- Wild West
- Life and Death
At KS4 students can choose from Art and Design, Photography and Textile Art. Through inspirational projects and themes, students are encouraged to develop their independent learning skills and own work.
At KS5 students are offered A level courses; art, photography and textiles. We empower our students to be innovators, designers and creators. Students can also take the Young Arts Leaders award alongside their other creative subjects.
The Department has excellent links with UCF (University College, Falmouth) and we are part of their Compact agreement which will enable students to have a broad understanding of higher education and creative industries.
We participate in many local community events;
- Murdoch Day
- St Piran’s Day
- Christmas lantern parade
We have strong exam results in all areas and many students continue on creative courses at higher education.
How can I help my son/daughter?
We would like you to encourage your son/daughter to visit art galleries and to have access to a variety of art and design materials.
Redruth School drama department has a strong reputation as a successful subject. Encouraging and developing students to grow in confidence and numerous performance skills.
The department is a vibrant, lively and integral part of the school offering a varied and extensive extra-curricular program. The department has had many successes within the school environment but especially within the community as whole.
Regular projects we participate in are:
- Transition project with year 10 and year 6
- Performance at the annual pasty festival
- Science week – G&T year 9 performance in Redruth primaries
- School productions
- Creative arts evening
- Performance at The Hall for Cornwall
The department consistently achieves a high level of productions and academic achievements within KS4 and 5.
The department has 3 members of staff:
Mrs Helen McGovern - Head of drama
Miss Sarah Mottart – Drama teacher
Ben Blaber – Creative Arts technician
The subject curriculum
KS3 has exciting and varied topics whilst learning techniques, styles and genres.
Year 7 topics - Coast, Wild West and Space through these themes the students are learning about the fundamental skills of drama.
- Team skills
- Basic drama techniques
Year 8 –
- Script work
Courses taught at Key Stage 4 (Yr9-11):
- GCSE Drama (WJEC)
Courses taught at Key Stage 5:
- Performing Arts (OCR)
- Gold Arts Award (35 UCAS points)
Extra Curricular Clubs
- KS3 drama club
- KS3 Tech club
- School productions
- Participation in Redruth’s pasty festival
How can I help my son/daughter
- Take them to view live theatre and live stage to screen performances
- Buy programmes and texts to support their subject knowledge and interest
- Visit websites to explore and research
- Support their commitment in school productions and KS4 & 5 rehearsals
Media Studies Department
Head of Media: Jade Cracknell
(with media support from Ben Blaber who is the technician for the department).
The Media industry contributes £24.8 billion to the UK economy and we are in a world of constant change with new media and technology developing every day. It’s more important than ever for our students to be up to date with these changes.
The Media department at Redruth School has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, with a rise from 35% - 96% A*-C’s.
- At KS4 we create moving image productions, from horror trailers to TV ads. We create print based work such as magazines and look at how many forms of media cross over and promote themselves across a wide range of platforms. Students learn about industry and real life situations from the very start of this course and work professionally under industry deadlines.
- At KS5 we build on work from KS4 and develop moving image skills into bigger productions such as music videos or awareness campaigns. These students study the media at a more analytical level and discuss the medias influence on society, looking at things like moral panics and audience theories.
- Our extra-curricular KS3 Media Club runs on a Monday night 3-4pm in the Mac suite, where you can make new friends, link up with the BBC Schools Report, work with cameras, Macs, lighting and sound.
- Other things we run are trips to Falmouth University, Pirate FM our local radio station and we also run special effects make up workshops and link with other subjects such as Drama around the school to form part of the back stage crew at productions.
- Career routes in this subject include anything from journalism and TV presenting to set designers and special effects make-up artists
School Link: g:drive:media:year 11 - for resources and exam work
Welcome to the Music Department! The Director of Music is Tom Hosking and he should be the contact for all queries.
Mr Hosking teaches Music at all Key Stages.
Students can opt to learn a musical instrument in the following disciplines:
Percussion and Keyboard - Mr John Mitchell
Piano and Voice - Mrs Kirsty Bailey
Guitar - Mr Rick Martin
Strings - Mrs Ria Clemens
Woodwind - Mr Diston Dryburgh
Flute, Bass Guitar and Ukulele - Miss Sian Kelly
Brass - Mrs Kirsty Bailey
Lessons take place once a week on a rotation basis so as to not disrupt any curriculum time on a regular basis. The teaching team are all visiting teachers who are all active musicians. Many have worked in many areas of the industry including musical theatre in the West End, being employed as associate teachers for the main music colleges, and of course, teaching a range of students across Cornwall.
At Redruth, we are lucky to have a good range of facilities and resources that are constantly being reviewed and updated. We currently have 2 main teaching rooms, 3 practice rooms, a recording facility and access to ICT equipment within one of the teaching rooms. The classrooms are equipped with electronic keyboards, guitars, and both tuned and untuned percussion. The practice rooms are equipped with a drum kit and electric piano. We have iMacs and PCs which use Garageband, Logic, Cubase and Sibelius at all Key Stages for composition purposes. Students are encouraged to form their own musical groups, and can book to use these facilities during lunchtimes and after-school.
Choir meets every Thursday, 3-4pm, with additional rehearsals after school in the run up to important concerts and events.
•Concert Band meets every Tuesday 3-4pm. Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to join.
•Guitar Ensemble meets every Friday lunchtime and is led by Mr Rick Martin (Guitar Tutor). The ensemble is suited to acoustic/classical guitarists.
•Redruth School’s Samba Band ‘Rio Do Rio Verhehlo’ meets every Thursday lunchtime and is led by Mr John Mitchell (Percussion Tutor). Samba is a very noisy and fun way to spend a lunchtime and is open to all students.
•GCSE Revision is held after school every Friday. Depending on the year group, students can catch up on coursework or attend Listening Exam revision sessions.
Courses taught at Key Stage 4:
Courses taught at Key Stage 4/5:
At key stage 4 we would expect the majority of students to leave with GCSE Music. Please click on the following link to see the course booklet:
For revision purposes, please use the following websites for some independent learning activities:
Podcasts of the some of the lessons used as part of the GCSE course can also be found at the following website: www.musicalcontexts.com
Key Stage 5
In collaboration with the Drama Department we offer a qualification in Performing Arts. Further information can be found in the 6th Form Course Directory.
How can I help my son/daughter?