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The Arts Faculty FAQs

Art & Design

Q. Do students need their own equipment?

A. We ask that students have basic equipment such as a pen, pencil, sharpener, rubber and coloured crayons.


Q. What extra-curricular activities are on offer?

A. In year 7 we offer Art Club on a Monday lunchtime, Miss Brinsley runs this and all are welcome.


Q. What type of homework can students expect?

A. Students are set homework once a fortnight in year 7 and this is used to summarise their learning and check understanding from the previous lessons.


Q. What techniques will students learn in year 7?

A. Students undertake a scheme of learning based on the formal elements of art. Students will work with pencil, pen, coloured pencil, collage, 3D modelling and paint in their first year with us. Students will experiment with these mediums whilst exploring the work of artists such as Van Gogh, Escher and Rousseau.


Q. Looking forward what exam board do you use?

A. Currently we use AQA for GCSE and OCR for A Level.



Q. Tell me about KS3 Drama. What happens in lessons and what will my son/daughter gain from the subject?

A. KS3 Drama is taught for one lesson a week in year 7 and then once a fortnight in years 8 & 9. KS3 lessons focus on introducing students to creating, performing and evaluating. Our schemes of work cover a huge variety of social, cultural, historical and literary material and focus on developing key Drama skills. All lessons are taught in a context that will also enable students to develop personally and socially. Most lessons are practical and will involve pair or group work leading up to sharing of practical work and peer evaluation of performance.


Q. Do you offer GCSE & A Level Drama?

A. Yes. We do offer Drama at GCSE & A level.  At QEGS we follow the Edexcel syllabus where students will build upon the skills and knowledge that they have already learned at KS3 about acting, performing and stagecraft. Both the GCSE & A Level courses are a mixture of written exam, written controlled assessments, practical exploration and performance.


Q. What extra-curricular drama opportunities are there for my son/daughter at QEGS?

A. We offer a weekly lunchtime Drama Club to KS3 students – This club offers participants a chance to work with students from outside their class and even year group and enable students to develop their confidence, performance skills and understanding of different theatrical techniques.

QEGS Productions have an open audition policy. Although principle cast places are obviously limited we welcome ALL students to audition and/or help out backstage.

Recent productions include:

Aladdin the Pantomime

The Wizard of Oz


Q. Where could drama take my son/daughter?

A. Whether your child wishes to pursue a career as a budding actor, director or, theatre technician or they are intending to follow a career where empathy, communication and presentation skills will be important, Drama prepares students for a number of professions.

Drama provides the basis for further study of a range of courses from Performing Arts, Film and Broadcasting, Journalism to Media. Career opportunities include employment in the Performance Industry, Journalism, Media and Broadcasting, Teaching, Law, Drama Therapy, Speech Therapy, Advertising, Events Management, PR, Marketing or Arts Administration. 

Drama is a well-respected qualification in terms of the transferable skills it develops.



Q. Does everyone get taught music in Year 7?

A. Yes, Year 7 students have 1 lesson of music per week and in Year 8 this increases to 3 per fortnight.  Students are taught the fundamentals of music including basic music theory, how to read music and how to play the keyboard.  Students also learn about a wide variety of musical genres, linking music they hear to historical, social and cultural contexts where appropriate, developing analysis skills and general music appreciation.  We provide suitably challenging work for those students who are already competent music readers.


Q. Do you provide 1-1 instrumental tuition?

A. Yes, students can receive instrumental or singing tuition in addition to their normal curriculum.  We have teachers for: violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, French horn, flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, clarinet, electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, singing and piano.  For more information and to book lessons, please email Mrs Addis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


Q. What extracurricular activities to you provide?

A. In a normal year, we offer a full range of music ensembles and choirs including string orchestra, wind band, jazz band, flute choir, string quartet, girls’ choir, male voice choir, SATB choir (mixed) and chamber choir.  We also support students preparing to take music theory exams.  This year, due to Covid-19 restriction, ensembles and choirs are being created in year group bubbles. 

The music department is inclusive and flexible, providing ensembles that cater for the interests, needs and abilities of the students. 


Q. Can you take GCSE and A level music?

A. Yes, we currently follow the WJEC Eduqas GCSE music specification and the AQA A level music specification.


Q. Are there many performance opportunities?

A. QEGS music department prides itself in the vast range of performance opportunities it provides for students.  This includes several school concerts, piano recitals, visits to care homes and primary schools, and participation in local events and collaborative projects.  In addition, between June 2019 and March 2020 we performed at Lincolnshire Show, at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln, and at the Music for Youth Regional Festival in Boston.  There is also a bi-annual full scale musical production. 

We also look for opportunities to visit venues as audience members.  Last academic year this included a trip to University of Sheffield and Lincoln Engine Shed. 

Some Year 9 students are close to completing their Bronze Arts Awards in collaboration with Lincolnshire One Venues, Lincoln University and Riverhead Theatre, Louth.