Victoria Creative Arts
At Victoria Education Centre, creativity is highly valued and is therefore embedded strongly into all curriculum areas. Within the Creative Arts Department, we pride ourselves in both academic achievement and opportunity for our young people and deliver Dance, Music, Music Technology, Drama and Art and Design as discrete subjects at all ages and all levels of ability. The facilities available to the students are extensive and these include: a creative arts studio with theatre lighting and sound equipment, music room with a huge variety of instruments and recording equipment, an art and design studio, media suite with Apple iMacs, and a radio station housing VIBE (Victoria Inclusive Broadcasting Enterprise).
We believe that every child has an opportunity to shine in Creative Arts. All subjects are linked to our termly theme and adapted to suit individuals. Students work towards a variety of qualifications including the full range of Arts Awards, ASDAN, GCSE, AQA Unit Awards and NCFE qualifications. Students also have the opportunity to study Event Management, Radio and Creative Media.
Past projects include working with English Touring Opera, taking part in The Shakespeare Schools Challenge, creating artwork with Poole Greenspace Community and workshops with English National Ballet. We also believe in experiencing the arts and regularly visit venues such as The Lighthouse and Mayflower Theatre, as well as having visitors to school such as Oily Cart and Tall Stories Theatre Company. Links to other organisations include Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
We hold an annual Creative Arts Week and regularly work with visiting professional artists in order to bring exciting new experiences and interests to our students.
Each year we put on a school production. This is filmed rather than a live performance and a premiere event is normally scheduled for the summer term. All students from across the school are invited to take part. Rehearsals and filming take place in an after school club.