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The curriculum in Expression aims to challenge, inspire and enrich school life, enabling pupils to gain pride and self-confidence in their achievements.

We strive to deliver an accessible curriculum which pupils of all ages and abilities will find rich and exciting, a journey of diverse, new experiences and discovery of new skills, hidden talents and the development of existing abilities and interests.

We seek to allow pupils to establish a sense of identity and ownership and to strive to reach the limits of their potential. We value the individuality of each pupil and help each pupil value that individuality in others. The structure of learning aims to develop each pupil’s ability to express themselves in a variety of dynamic mediums and disciplines and to have the confidence to use this knowledge, not only as a means of communicating their ideas and feelings, but to also make sense of the events and elements of the everyday world.

Through the universal language of the expressive and performing arts and sport, we want to provide a vehicle through which the simplest to the most complex ideas can be expressed. We promote issues of equal opportunities by allowing for freedom of expression, the symbolic language of the arts knows no gender, racial, ethnic, cultural, class or social bounds. It has the scope to meet the needs of all pupils.


Art is studied by all students at Key Stage 3. 

It remains one of our most popular, and indeed successful, option subjects at Key Stage 4.  At Ellesmere Park we believe that the teaching of creative subjects is a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum.  At Key Stage 4, students study the AQA GCSE Art Qualification.

Students studying Art can expect to encounter these topics and to develop the associated skills:

In Year 7: 

Drawing skills in various media, focus on observational drawing. There is often a thematic approach which serves as the vehicle to teach drawing disciplines through.

In Year 8: 

Mixed media drawing disciplines which are thematic in approach; independent learning is encouraged. Three dimensional work is also a taught to cover national curriculum provision.

In Year 9:

The focus moves to painting skills, graphic design and illustration. An emphasis upon how to communicate meaningful messages through artwork is present for much of the year. Work becomes increasingly self-directed to increase independence in readiness for GCSE qualifications.

In Year 10:

Projects are thematic and allow pupils opportunityes for independently driven work and skills workshops covering a variety of media and techniques.

In Year 11:

Students work on the following areas of the subject: Enrichment of Drawing skills, artist research, material experiments and the production of personalised final piece developments spanning different media and techniques.


Photography is offered as an option subject at Key Stage 4. 

It continues to be a popular and very successful subject.

In Year 10 students understand the basics of photography including: functions of slr camera, composition, aperture, shutter speed and lighting. Students are also introduced to photoshop and will learn basic editing techniques.

Also in Year 10, students complete two projects as part of the GCSE course: 

Example projects are:

• Project 1: Experimental portrait
• Project 2: The urban environment (digital and darkroom)

In Year 11, students spend most of the lesson time working on their final coursework project based on a theme such as ‘rituals’ or ‘issues’.  Students follow the AQA Photography syllabus and complete an exam project that runs over several months; they need a memory stick and use of a camera or camera phone for homework.

Masterclasses are available each month for Year 10 and extra support is available as part of our Year 11 Study Programme.

We run several visits and artist workshops throughout the year.  You can see examples of our work here: www.ephsphotography.weebly.com


All students study Drama at Key Stage 3 and it is optional subject at Key Stage 4.

In Year 7, topics studied include:

Introduction to Drama – pupils develop basic drama skills and explore the process of creating and how to improve their confidence to perform.

Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty – pupils explore the play, and express their own interpretations of bullying and how to deal with certain scenarios.
Melodrama – pupils explore the style of melodrama and silent film, developing skills of exaggeration and mime.

In Year 8, topics studied include:

Red – pupils will develop basic skills in drama while exploring the popular fairy tale and its contrasting versions.

Darkwood Manor – pupils will develop and understanding of physical theatre and the use of body as object to create non naturalistic theatre
Stones – pupils will discuss real life issues and the consequences of peer pressure through drama conventions/ activities.

In Year 9, topics studied include:

‘Z’ world – pupils will develop their understanding of interpreting a script and devising from a stimulus.

Mock Devising Unit – pupils will create a performance using devising skills learnt throughout Key Stage 3. (this aids preparation for the GCSE drama component 2)

Exploring Plays – pupils will explore and interpret an extract of a play in order to perform this with the playwrights intentions realised. (this aids preparation for the GCSE drama component 3)

Drama is optional subject at Key Stage 4.

In Years 10 & 11, students follow AQA GCSE Drama course.

The Units studied include:

Component 1 – a written exam which comprises of 3 sections (roles and responsibilities, set text – Blood Brothers, live theatre review) 40%

Component 2 – devised performance (a performance assessment completed in response to a stimulus 10% & a log book which details their devising process 30%) 40%

Component 3 – text in practice (a performance assessment completed for an external examiner of 2 extracts from a play text) 20%

*Pupils in KS4 will also have the opportunity to visit the theatre in order to review a performance in their year 1 written exam.


Music is studied by all students at KS3 and is an option at KS4.

At all levels it is taught through the disciplines of composing, performing and listening/understanding music. Lessons are as practical as possible with flexibility for individual student experiences. We are an incredibly well resourced department, so students have access to keyboards, a suite of mac computers running Logic Pro X, guitars, drum kits and a recording studio.

Topics studied at KS3 include Blues Music, Dance Music, Arranging Music, Film Music and Instruments of the Orchestra.

We currently follow the EDUQAS Music GCSE at Key Stage 4

Physical Education

At Ellesmere Park, we provide 2 hours of inclusive, quality P.E. lessons to all pupils in our care each week.

In Key Stage 3, pupils learn to compose, develop and refine a number of skills and techniques across a range of team games and individual activities.

At Key Stage 4, pupils continue with compulsory P.E. lessons, choosing to specialize in the activities they enjoy and have developed a flair for. Students are also able to opt to take the Edexcel GCSE PE Full course.

All pupils change fully into P.E kit for every lesson and take on alternative roles as officials, organisers or coaches if unable to physically take part for medical reasons.

Practical activities covered at Ellesmere Park include football, netball, basketball, dance, trampolining, rugby, table tennis, badminton, HRF (Health Related Fitness), dodgeball, cricket, rounders, softball, short tennis, volleyball, handball and athletics.
Our aim is to encourage and develop teamwork, respect and enjoyment through a variety of sporting situations which we hope will foster a lifelong participation in physical activity in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. This year we are excited to be able to offer all of our Year 9 students a ‘Growth Mind set’ day delivered by ‘Inspired through Sport’ along with a visit from a GB athlete

We offer a range of extra-curricular clubs on a rotational basis throughout the year and compete in a number of sports such as netball, football, basketball and handball.


Students at Ellesmere Park High School have the opportunity to opt for the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (with a dance approach) which is delivered over 5 lessons a fortnight.

This course requires students to study three very different styles of dance and three contrasting choreographers, namely Ivan Perez, Bob Fosse and Kenrick Sandy. Students study the work of the choreographers and reproduce existing repertoire from the musical Chicago and the moving dance film, ‘Young Men’, which is a contemporary piece based on the experiences of World War 1 soldiers.

The course is split into three components which mixes practical dance performance with written elements and students are encouraged to perform some of this work during our open evening, presentation evening and at other end of term opportunities. Students also visit Pendleton College annually to watch the matinee dance performance of their Performing Arts students.

The final exam requires students to use the practical and theoretical knowledge they have developed to respond to a set stimulus from Edexcel in order to choreograph a 15 minute final performance.

Students require the usual Ellesmere Park PE kit for all of their dance lessons.