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Curriculum Overview & Statement
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Curriculum Overview & Statement

The ArtsXchange provides alternative education through a Performing Arts and Media curriculum. Now housed in a new building at the heart of East London’s Tech City area, facilities have been purpose built to offer a range of high specification specialist teaching spaces including a Theatre, Dance Studio, Recording Studio, Music Technology Suites, Film and Photography Studios.

Curriculum Intent Statement

At ArtsXchange, our curriculum is founded on a commitment to fostering the holistic development of every child, nurturing their creativity, and instilling a lifelong love for learning.  We believe in the transformative power of the creative arts and their ability to inspire, engage, and empower our students.  Our curriculum intent is underpinned by the belief that the creative arts play a vital role in shaping well-rounded individuals who can thrive in a dynamic and diverse world.

• Inspiring Creativity and Imagination

Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on nurturing creativity and imagination.  We recognise that the creative arts, including visual arts, music, drama and dance, are powerful vehicles for self-expression and innovation.  Through a rich and varied arts program, we aim to inspire our students to think beyond boundaries, question assumptions, and develop a strong sense of individuality.

• Promoting Inclusivity and Diversity

The creative arts celebrate and embrace diversity.  Our curriculum promotes inclusivity by encouraging students to explore and appreciate various artistic traditions, cultural expressions, and perspectives.  Through exposure to different art forms, students gain a deeper understanding of the world's richness and complexity.

• Developing Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

The creative arts require critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Our curriculum provides opportunities for students to analyse, interpret, and respond to artistic works, fostering their ability to think independently and critically.  The creative arts also enable students to approach challenges with an open mind and innovative solutions.

• Fostering Emotional Intelligence and Wellbeing

Through the creative arts, students explore and express their emotions, promoting intelligence and well-being.  Our curriculum recognises the importance of devleoping resilience, empathy and self-awareness.  We encourage students to use artistic expession as a tool for processing their feelings and building emotional resilence.

• Building Communication and Collaboration Skills

The creative arts encourage effective communication and collaboration.  Our curriculum emphasises group projects, performances and exhibitions that require students to work together, building essential interpersonal skills.  Through these experiences, students learn the value of effective communication and teamwork.

• Cultivating a Lifelong Appreciation for the Arts

Every student should be able to develop a lifelong appreciation for the creative arts.  Our curriculum offers a comprehensive arts education that exposes students to various artistic experiences.  We aim to instil a passion for the arts that will continue to enrich their lives long after they leave our school.

• Preparing for a Changing World

In a rapidly changing world, adaptability and creativity are essential skills.  Our curriculum equips students with the ability to adapt to new challenges, embrace change and think creatively in an ever-evolving landscape.  We prepare our students for the future by fostering a creative mindset to serve them in various aspects of their lives and careers.

Reading at the ArtsXchange

The love of reading is a vital component at ArtsXchange.  We recognise that reading is the gateway to a world of knowledge, imagination, and understanding.  We foster a deep appreciation for literature and the written word because it not only complements the creative arts but also enhances the overall educational experience.  Reading opens doors to new perspectives, cultures, and ideas, enriching our students' lives and broadening their horizons.  A love of reading is the cornertone of lifeling learning, and we are dedicated to instilling  this passion in our students, empowering them to explore, dream, and discover through the magic of books.

Our approach in all our subjects follows the key creative problem solving workflow, namely:

- Understand the context

- Define the problem

- Generate ideas to solve the problem

- Create prototyple solutions

- Test the possible solutions via feedback

We know that these creative arts approaches are just as relevant to editing a paragraph in English as they are to solving a problem in Mathematics.

In summary, our curriculum at ArtsXchange is rooted in the belief that the creative arts are a powerful force for personal and societal growth.  We are dedicated to providing an education that empowers our students to be creative, compassionate, and adaptable individuals who are well-prepared to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Students work on full-time Level 2 & 3 Awards and Diplomas in the Creative & Performing Arts, supported by additional core curriculum studies.  Specialist practicioners teach all creative sessions in fields of Drama, Dance, Vocal Technique, Film, Digital Arts and Music Technology.  For more information on the creative pathways curriculum please contact Jane Maxwell via, and for further information on English & Maths please contact Darien Crawford via and for  PSHE/Citizenship please contact Mihaela Chowdhury on

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