Art & Design

It is the aim of the Art Department at Sutton School and Specialist College to give every pupil a broad and balanced curriculum which allows each individual to work at their own level.  The teaching of Art is seen as a key to developing pupils practical, creative and communication skills. We will strive to give pupils a practical knowledge of the subject using a wide variety of media and tools.

Performing Arts

In Year 9 pupils begin a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts. This qualification is a Technical Award broadly equivalent in size to one GCSE, and is designed for pre-16 students working at level 1 who want to include a study of performing arts in their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the sector, enabling students to develop and apply their knowledge while also acquiring a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills. The content enables students to apply their knowledge in new and practical contexts. Pupils chose to specialise in either Props and Scenery, Hair and Makeup, Dance, Drama or Costume. Each is taught by a subject specialist teacher in smaller groups numbering between 6 and 8 pupils


Music is an integral part of life at Sutton. Our pupils enjoy making music, and taking part in productions and concerts encourages team work and improves self-esteem.

All pupils have the opportunity to make music during the weekly whole school singing practises. Some of our gifted and talented pupils also have Vocal lessons during the week provided by our freelance music teacher Mr Ganner. Brass instrumental lessons are provided by Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) and we currently offer tuition on cornet, trombone, tenor horn, euphonium and tuba to a number of our pupils.

We provide several opportunities for pupils to perform both in and out of school throughout the year. Each year we host “Sutton’s Got Talent” which has proved very popular and a fantastic way to encourage pupils to perform. As well as this, we also host a Christmas show - again, this is a very popular show with students and it allows them to express themselves.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Sutton is provided in a dedicated workshop, with modern facilities including computer systems linked to CAD/CAM machines such as laser and vinyl cutters. Pupils are provided with a wide range of projects and experiences in order to develop their awareness of changing technology, manufacturing and modern practices. Pupils engage in hands on design and make projects using a variety of tools and processes, whilst being encouraged to develop their own individual responses to problem solving.

Unit Award Scheme

The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate issued by AQA each time a short unit is successfully completed.

There are no limits on:

  • what can be accredited, as long as it is worthwhile and meaningful for the learner
  • who can achieve, in terms of age or ability
  • how long it takes to achieve or when this takes place
  • how learning can be evidenced.

Flexibility is key with UAS, and our motto is 'Achievement for All'. We encourage and support learners to show what they can do, rather than what they can't.

See the AQA website for more information.