Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Dear Parents and Students

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

In our school we encourage everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and each other as together we Learn to Lead our Lives.

We are proud of our students’ academic achievements.  Just as importantly, we are a school that cares.  We believe that students need to feel comfortable and secure in order to learn and, as a school, we put as much emphasis on creating a supportive and happy environment as we do on academic success.  We achieve both.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the very best learning and life for the young people in our care.

Vaughan Davies

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Faculty of Performing and Expressive Arts

Faculty Leader: Mrs J Boswell

This newly formed Faculty encompasses the three creative subject areas of Music, Art and Drama.

As a Faculty we aim to deliver high quality courses within the three specialist areas. Opportunities tobe involved with activities outside the classroom are encouraged as are links between the subjects through visits, workshops, concerts and performances.


Subject Leader: Mrs J Boswell

The Art Department is a large and popular Department within the school, housed in four main teaching areas in the craft and technology block.   Facilities include a pottery, also used as a general  art room with adjacent kiln room and store, two general purpose class rooms, a photography darkroom and studio and a Sixth Form art studio with exhibition space.

Links with professional artists is seen as an important part of the art curriculum and is encouraged where possible. Regular visits are made to museums and galleries both locally and nationally with one international trip every other year.


In Years 7-9, all students are allocated a lesson each week, where they follow a modular course, which allows them to develop a wide variety of skills in ceramics, textiles, 3D and design as well as painting and drawing. In Year 7, Art is taught as part of an Integrated Curriculum with both Drama and Music, by specialists and non-specialists alike.

In Years 8 and 9, the themes set by the whole school are followed and linked to our own project work. Each year students build on their previous experience as well as develop new skills.


At the end of Year 9 students are able to opt for Art at GCSE. This is a popular option with around 80 students taking the subject in each year. The course followed is the AQA syllabus. Students will be introduced to art and design through painting and drawing, sculpture and other fine art practices. They will learn to follow a concept from investigation through to realisation as well as study a range of art, craft and design from a variety of cultures, recent and from the past. They will also develop new skills in a variety of craft and designbased areas.

The coursework accounts for 60% of the assessment. The exam is set by the Board and accounts for 40% of the marks awarded.

The Department also offers the BTEC Art course to this age group, broadening learning opportunities for all students.


At Post 16, students can take A Level Art unendorsed allowing them to specialise in a wide variety of Art areas including Graphics, Textiles, 3D, Fine Art and Lens Based Media. The Department enjoys a high degree of success at this level with many students going onto study art in further and higher education. The course follows the AQA syllabus, giving real continuity between GCSE and AS.

At AS, the course consists of two units plus a five hour exam with 4 weeks to prepare, whilst at A2 a personal study and one unit of work make up the coursework content with a 15 hour exam.

Careers in Art, Photography and Design are both wide and varied, incorporating pportunities in graphic and computer aided design, theatre design, fashion, 3D design, ceramics, illustration, film, television and set design, animation, advertising, photojournalism, fashion photography, interior design and architecture, as well as fine art options in gallery and museum work, restoration, lecturing and teaching.


Subject Leader: Mrs A Pearce


Drama at Key Stage 3 focuses upon transferable skills such as teamwork, problem solving, communication and reflection. Drama aims to develop the whole person and enable them to approach the world with confidence. 

In Year 7 Drama is taught as part of an Integrated Curriculum with both Music and Art, by specialists and non-specialists alike.


The Edexcel GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies course offers an exciting insight into developing theatre skills through the performance of texts and devised theatre pieces. The course demands enthusiasm, self-motivation and a willingness to work closely with others in active learning and performance. Visits to see professional performances are an important part of the course.

A theatre visit review is part of the GCSE coursework requirements. Examination is through coursework and externally assessed public performance.

It is important to stress that full participation is required from the outset. Drama at GCSE is an examination subject in its own right and should not be seen as a way to build confidence per se.


Edexcel GCE Drama and Theatre Studies is a course that combines the theoretical study of Drama and Theatre with a practical application.  The course explores how different approaches to text can be used in performance, the main theories of influential Theatre Practitioners and the reviewing and assessing of live performance.

Although having GCSE Drama would be useful, the only essential requirements at GCE level are enthusiasm, commitment and a sense of adventure!

Previous students have gone on to degrees in Drama, English, History, Psychology and Law amongst others.


Subject Leader: Mrs A Ritter

The Music Department is highly successful with academic results at all levels being consistently above the national average. The subject is taught by four specialist teachers in facilities that include three teaching rooms, two practice rooms, a purpose-built Music Technology Suite and a fully equipped digital recording studio. A wide range of extra curricular activities is available to students.

In Year 7, Music is taught as part of an integrated Curriculum with both Art and Drama, by specialists and non-specialists alike.


All students have two hours of Music per fortnight. The work is practically based and helps students increase their skills in:

• Performing – singing and playing in a range of styles

• Composing/Improvising – group and individual work

• Appraising – detailed listening to a wide range of music

Year 7 are taught in Form Groups as part of Creative Arts in the Integrated Curriculum.

Years 8 and 9 are taught in smaller groups of about 20.


GCSE Music and BTEC First Music are offered. At GCSE the Specification of OCR is followed.

By requiring active involvement in performing, composing and listening/appraising, an appreciation and enjoyment of music of all kinds is encouraged.  It is hoped that this will give students a lasting love of music which they may then use in preparation for further study or in pursuit of leisure activities.  All students take a listening test, a practical examination – playing alone and as a member of an ensemble – and submit a folio of compositions.

The BTEC involves assignment based projects in which students develop their understanding of computer software and recording techniques. They expand their knowledge of the music profession and increase their musical performing skills.


AS Level and A Level in Music (OCR) and Music Technology (Edexcel) are offered. The courses provide opportunities for students to develop a range of musical skills and interests.

AS Music:

Performing recital, Composing folio, Historical Study – expressive use of instrumental techniques including orchestral music and jazz

A2 Music:

Performing recital and viva voice, Composing folio,  Historical Study – Programme Music.

AS Music Technology:

Sequenced performance, multi-track recording, listening and analysing.

A2 Music Technology:

Sequenced integrated performance, composing, analysing and producing. 

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