The Creative Arts subjects of Music, Art, Drama, Dance and Photography are seen as a centre of excellence within the school and local community. The Arts really thrive at Twynham and benefit from our commitment as a Multi Academy Trust to ensure that we support all students to develop their talents in the Arts.
Twynham has a fine tradition of music making. There are orchestras, jazz bands, four choirs (junior, senior, GCSE and sixth form) and many smaller instrumental ensembles, such as the Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet. There are several outstanding soloists and over 150 students receive instrumental lessons at school. Students are regularly entered for ABRSM examinations which they take at the school as we are a centre for the local community.
Twynham runs a Music Scholarship Scheme which entitles talented students to free tuition and instrumental hire; there are currently 50 students who have been awarded a scholarship. As a Music Hub within the Multi Academy Trust we also provide classroom and peripatetic teachers to our network of schools. Twynham receives funding to support group singing tuition in the local community and this have been incredible successful leading to concerts in The Priory Church in Christchurch.
In the past music has played an integral part in the day to day cultural like of the school as well as our showpiece occasions such as Achievement Evenings or Festival of Carols at the Priory Church. In recent years we have performed (entirely with our own actors, singers and instrumentalists) in The Regent Centre theatre in Christchurch productions such has ‘West Side Story’, Guys and Dolls’, ‘Sweet Charity’ and ‘Fame’, ‘and other demanding shows. Each year the department organises music tours abroad and in the forthcoming Summer Term 40 musicians will travel on tour to Italy for a week.
At present there are three full-time teachers as well as a team of eleven visiting instrumental teachers. We are a warm and friendly department with a strong working ethos, achieving very high standards in the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, and who work together effectively as a team.
Creative Arts forms an integral part of the curriculum throughout Key Stage 3. Classes are of mixed ability and each receives two one-hour lessons in Years 7 and 8 in Music, Art and Drama over the two weekly timetable. In Year 9 students have the option of selecting one or two creative arts subjects (including dance) and each receives three one-hour lessons. The Creative Arts Faculty has achieved outstanding GCSE, AS and A Level results in recent years.
The uptake of Music at Key Stages 4 and 5 is very strong. Currently there are two GCSE classes in both Years 10 and 11 which include 30 students from each year group. Next year 42 students have opted to take Music at GCSE. With our Sixth Form status many students remain to study Post 16 courses. Our current Year 12 AS Level Music and Music Technology groups consist of 12 students (6 and 6 respectively) and in Year 13, 15 students (9 and 6 respectively).
The school enjoys three very well-equipped music rooms, 4 practice rooms and an Arts Computer Suite, resourced with music software (using Apple Macs) and keyboards. In addition, we also have many electronic keyboards as well as xylophones, metallophones, samba equipment and other percussive instruments. All rooms have access to audio-visual equipment, including data projectors and Smartboards. Students enjoy access to outstanding Information and communication technology facilities with a comprehensive learning Gateway.
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