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At Hill Park, Drama is an important part of the curriculum; promoting self-confidence and encouraging social co-operation and creativity.

Some pupils experience Drama through sensory stories, which merges well with the Literacy curriculum. 

Drama enhances language development for our verbal pupils.  Its collaborative nature provides opportunities for students to develop the skills of communication, negotiation, compromise and self-assertion.Much of the work links into the English curriculum, supporting the 'speaking and listening' element of the national curriculum.

Some pupils develop a range of skills including: creating still images, talking in role and evaluating presentations.

Every two years our Secondary pupils take part in Shakespeare for Schools.


Music is highly valued at Hill Park; it is embedded in delivery through daily routine and the curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2 and in Key Stages 3 and 4 is taught by a specialist Music teacher. In addition to this, Hill Park students are supported by two Music Therapists (1 to 1 and small group sessions) and has fantastic links with Brighton and Hove Music and Arts and Brighton Early Music Festival.

Students have a wide range of opportunities to explore, appreciate, perform and create Music. We use a variety of resources and approaches to reflect pupils' interests, cover statutory requirements and ensure all pupils have access to a rich and varied musical curriculum.

Music plays a key part in enabling our pupils to communicate and express themselves and, where appropriate, cross-curricular links are made to reinforce learning. Working With Others strategies are embedded in teaching so that pupils have plenty of opportunity to learn to work together collaboratively.

Individual musicians and ensembles from different genres of Music regularly come in to school. For example, we welcomed back ex-pupil and rap artist, Spraxa, to lead lyric writing workshops and enjoyed a performance by the early music ensemble, Istante.

In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to complete the Bronze Arts Award; evidence for this can gathered purely in Music or in combination with Art and/or Drama.

It's not just the students who benefit from this whole school approach as we now have a staff choir that meets regularly to sing together

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