Creative & Performing Arts

Mr S MacFarlane - Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA) Head of Faculty

Miss P Williams - CAPA Deputy Head of Faculty & Head of Art & Design

Introduction to Faculty

The CAPA Faculty at Devizes School has the aim of exploring creativity in a supportive, stimulating and professional environment. All students will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively through five appropriately connected disciplines motivated by talented practitioners. The faculty provides sources of inspiration through good to outstanding lessons, educational trips, practitioner visits, extra-curricular activities and links with the professional arts world. We want students to be aware of the extended pathways after Devizes School and be clear on career opportunities our subject areas can offer.

Our job is to encourage creativity within our students; this skill can then be transferred to other subject areas, which can help them unlock their potential.

The national curriculum is made up of a number of subjects, each of which is split into separate topics.

Extracurricular Opportunities

We feel that trips and extra curricular activities are a vital part of bringing alive the curriculum. We offer a range of clubs after school for Drama, Dance, Art & Music. We stage an annual School Production which is well known for breaking audience's expectations of a school show, previous shows include 'We Will Rock You', 'Billy Elliot' and 'Hairspray'. We hold an annual art exhibition that showcases the amazing range of work created in Art and Photography, we have 2 Dance shows a year with ever-increasing production values and a Young Musician of the Year competition. We have also recently added the CAPA Awards Evening, which is a formal event that celebrates the achievements of our young creative minds.


Mr S MacFarlane - Drama Subject Leader

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Music for all - expression and creation at all levels.

Mr A Ashby - Head of Music

Key Stage 4

Year 10

  • Term 1, 2, 3, & 4 — Unit 5: Introduction to Performing
  • Term 2 to 6 — Unit 1: Music in Industry
  • Term 6 — Musical Theory through Composition

Year 11

  • Term 1, 2, & 3 — Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition
  • Term 3 & 4 — Unit 2: Producing a Musical Product
  • Term 1 to 5 — Unit 1: Music in Industry (Exam)

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Mr S MacFarlane - BTEC Dance Subject Leader

Key Stage 4

Year 10

  • Term 1 — Introduction to Dance Styles
  • Term 2 to 4 — Dance Skills (Double Unit)
  • Term 5 & 6 — Unit 1: Mock

Year 11

  • Term 1 to 3 — The Show Case
  • Term 4 & 5 — Unit 1: External Exam

Miss P WilliamsArt & Photography Subject Leader

‘Art makes children powerful’ – Bob and Roberta Smith

The world is always changing and so much more recently and creativity has proved it has a key place within it, from the rainbow pictures in the front windows of houses thanking the NHS over the lockdowns to Grayson Perry’s series focusing on weekly themes or Rankin with photographic responses from the public. The world was more creative than ever! Art, Craft and design offers the creative opportunity to explore, express and discover. Art, Craft and Design empowers, promotes independence, encourages emotional intelligence, empathy and a strong social conscience.

Our curriculum includes a balance of:

  • Practical (the knowledge of different media, methods, techniques and disciplines used to make art, craft and design)
  • Theoretical (knowledge of art history, its context and significance)
  • Disciplinary knowledge (the knowledge needed to engage in practice and debate of the subject)

There are opportunities to learn in the following twelve areas of making, with an emphasis on the process of developing ideas and experimentation.

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textiles
  • Photography
  • Collage
  • Craft
  • Printing
  • Installation/Site Specific
  • Digital/New media
  • Design/Graphic

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