Welcome to the Creative & Media Department. Within the department we aim to offer a range of exciting and engaging opportunities for students in the Creative and Media industries, one of the fastest growing job markets in the North-West. Students are introduced to skill sets and technologies used in industry and within the creative arts, gaining valuable insights in to future employment areas and cultural expression. All Creative & Media staff bring individual skills and specific subject knowledge and areas of expertise to the courses we offer. Creative & Media courses are offered in Key Stage 4 and 5.

Meet the Staff

  • Mr M. Newns (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs P. Ward (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Miss E. Cullen

Our Aims

To develop industry applicable skills and knowledge via students’ work

To create an environment in which creativity is encouraged and new ways of exploring the world are permitted

To engage with the Creative & Media industries, allowing students the opportunity of experiencing the work place

To encourage positive interactions between students, developing team work and individual contributions to project work

To develop specific and in depth understanding of technologies

To create a range of products and artefacts to a very high standard

To develop a sound assessment and reporting system that allows students the benefit of a thorough understanding of their progress and attainment

To encourage access to engaging syllabus and innovative ways of learning 


Homework is set regularly for both Diploma and Btec students although this may take the form of project development.

Due to the nature of the courses students are expected to take control of their own learning progress and will often be working on specific projects in their own time.

Course deadlines often mean homework tasks are set in accordance with these dates.

Extra Curricular Activities 

Students often take part in the recording and documenting of events in and around school, concerts, musical events and stage shows.

Coursework clubs and catch up sessions run throughout the year.

Our recent successes

A very successful first year for the Diploma saw all students pass their first submitted unit with a C grade or better.

Most students have passed their functional skills examinations in English and ICT and will soon add any outstanding elements to the list of achievements.

The Diploma students worked with AS Creatives, a group of creative professionals, in producing a piece of multimedia performance including dance, film, animation and live action.

Btec students have enjoyed a great set of examination results.

Some of our former students

Kazia Davies – Studying for a Degree in Media and Film Studies having used her Btec portfolio to demonstrate her skill base and experience at interview.

Chris Wall – Currently working with AdLib Audio as a sound engineer