Welcome to the faculty of Creative and Digital Design. We believe all students will develop creative and entrepreneurial skills, be financially aware and able to use technology in all aspects of their lives. The aim of the faculty is to provide an outstanding all round education where students make impressive progress in a positive atmosphere.

In Creative and Digital Design students are challenged and inspired to become independent and confident problem-solvers, innovators and creators who learn skills that can be used in real-life situationsStudents are encouraged to be proactive and to have confidence in their abilities whatever their level of skill

The faculty comprises of Art, Design Technology, Media, Business, Health and Social Care and ICT.


My hobby is fashion. I love clothes so I want to be a designer and have a catwalk show of my work.
I love computers and want to design computer games.
I want to work with children in the future so thought Health and Social Care would be a good GCSE to have.
I'm going to be a film maker and make music videos
Business gives me the opportunity to explore how a business is set up. I might do this in the future and become Alan Sugar.
Art is enjoyable as it allows me to express myself through a wide variety of materials


Curriculum – Art and Design

In Art and Design, pupils explore visual and tactile experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with a range of media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures. In art and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.art_2

Key Stage 3

Art and Design is taught to all students at Key Stage 3 and offers a broad range of activities, so all students are able to progress and be successful. Students are taught on a carousel, rotating with drama and music and students study two theme based projects over the year. The themes studied include self portrait, graffiti art, bugs and beetles and pop art

Key Stage 4

The GCSE course is the Edexcel Art & Design (Fine Art) syllabus. GCSE Art and Design comprises of two units of work. Unit 1 is coursework based and completed over the two years of Key Stage 4. Unit 2 is the Externally Set Assignment and the theme for this is set by Edexcel. Unit 1 is 60% of the GCSE and unit 2 is 40%. Over the two year course, students acquire the ability to investigate, analyse and experiment. Practical art skills are developed to express ideas through the use of visual language.3

Key Stage 5

Art A-Level students follow a scheme of work that encourages them to discover and explore their own creativity. Work is theme based in year 12 and the school offers after school classes to support students drawing skills. Students explore the theme through observational drawing, painting and sculpture, students work is of a very high standard. In Yr13 students complete a personal investigation of their own choice. At the end of term two AS & A2 Students start work on exam preparation based on a choice of externally set titles. They then sit a practical exam over a period of days where they will work in the Art rooms to produce a final and informed final piece.

Curriculum – Design Technology

With the right balance of challenge and support, the design and technology department enables our young learners to combine creativity with technological and practical skills. To experience modern technology is particularly important in today’s society, which is heavily dependent on technology and manufacturing products. Students learn from developing their own ideas into real products and are inspired by working with a range of materials and components. The department has a strong focus on building a positive community in our classrooms by using creative strategies to enable all students to achieve to their potential.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 our students undertake a number of challenging projects designed to encourage students to design with creativity and originality using a range of materials and techniques. Students will develop their skillsart_4 through a number of design and make projects covering Product Design, Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles and Food Technology. Each project will cover 5 key design areas (research, design ideas, plan of making, making and evaluation).

Key Stage 4

At KS4 students will opt for their choice of Product Design, Textiles or Hospitality and catering.. During the second half of Year 10, students will begin their controlled assessment. This project will be worth 60% of students’ final grade. The other 40% will be awarded through a 2 hour exam completed in Year 11.

Curriculum – ICT

The National Curriculum has changed as of 1st September 2014. As a result there is no longer a Programme of Study for ICT. Instead, at the Crest Academies, we are teaching computing. The change in the name reflects the growing importance of this subject and the shift from applications to more technical aspects of how computers work, computational thinking, programming and digital literacy are at the core of the new curriculum. At GCSE, Computer Science is now one of the EBAC subjects and hence many students at Crest have chosen computing as their preferred GCSE choice.

Key Stage 3

computer_roomAt Key stage 3 Year 8 and 9 students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of computing tasks which we hope will help sow the seeds of their Computational thinking and generate a passion for the subject. Students are encouraged to work independently and participate in a number of activities led by the computing department throughout the year. Students learn to program using a variety of software applications. In Year 9 the focus is more on developing the topics taught in Year 8 in order to prepare students for their GCSE courses. Students have the opportunity to further develop and consolidate their computing skills and gain a much richer understanding of the subject. All Year 9 students have a single timetabled session per week where they have a carefully planned and structured lesson.

Key Stage 4

Students at KS4 study a mixture of GCSE ICT and computing, with computing becoming a more popular and sought after course. We follow the OCR board for computing and AQA for ICT. Our brand new IT suites have helped to enthuse the students into making this their subject of choice.
Both courses have a 60% coursework element, where students spend a set number of hours tackling a project. The remaining 40% of the course is covered by an external exam.

Key Stage 5

All out 6th form students follow the Cambridge Technical Level 3 in ICT. This course is 100% coursework. This allows the students to develop their IT skills through a broad choice of units on offer.
All students complete the mandatory Unit 1 Communication and employability skills for IT and Unit 2 Information systems with Unit 12 Website production in the first Year. In the second year students work through another three units to complete the course.

This is a very popular course in the 6th form, providing many students with the skills needed for employment or higher education. These qualifications and units are in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). They have been structured to enable learners to gain qualifications at their own pace and build on their achievements.

Curriculum – Media Studies

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the Creative Media sector. It is assessed by 100% coursework and will enable you to:
• achieve a nationally recognised Level Three vocational qualification
• develop the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding relevant to a career in the media industry
• gain UCAS points

The units you will study on this course will equip you with a range of technical skills and knowledge relevant to the Media, Film and Music industries.

You will study the following units on this course:

Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries

You will learn about what happens before a media product (such as a film or music video) is actually produced and you will follow the stages of planning and preparing the relevant documentation for a media production of your choice.

Communication Skills for Creative Media Production

You will learn how to extract information from written sources, write a formal report on a media production, and pitch a media product using appropriate technology.

Film and Video Editing Techniques

You will learn about the development and principles of film and video editing and apply these skills by preparing and editing your own moving image material.

Single Camera Techniques

You will think about, plan and produce your own single camera productions. You will investigate the use of camera scripts and storyboards as tools of storytelling and create a portfolio of pre-production work for your own single camera productions.

Research Techniques

You will gain an understanding of the nature and purposes of research in the creative media industries, learn how to apply a range of research methods and techniques and present your research findings.

Advertisement Production for Television

You will learn about the structures and techniques of television advertisements, originate and develop an idea for your own television advertisement and produce it.

Presentation Techniques for Broadcasting

You will develop an understanding of roles and techniques in broadcasting and originate research and develop a proposal for your won presentation. You will then produce and evaluate its success.

Teaching styles

Teaching is by a variety of methods including group work, individual study, whole-class discussion and student research and media production.

Key features

Students who decide to study Media Productions can expect a friendly, supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Students are encouraged to engage in a variety of activities including group work and individual research.

Subject combinations

Other subjects seen as complementing Media studies include film studies, English, photography and graphics.

Employment Opportunities

With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore in the Media industry.


Students can follow a number of career pathways including:

Artist, architect, designer, fashion, entrepreneur, small business, accounting, health care, film maker and computing.


Year 10 Art visit Tate Britain and Saatchi gallery, Key stage 5 regularly visit art galleries and museums to aid their work
Business develop small business opportunities through Enterprise,
Students visit nurseries and day care centres to expand their knowledge of health care.

Contact Staff
Staff roleStaff nameEmail address
Curriculum Director - Design, Technology & Enterprise (SLT)Ms Coral Blackburncoral.blackburn@E-ACT.org.uk
Deputy Curriculum Director - Design, Technology & EnterpriseMs Mame Appahmame.appah@E-ACT.org.uk
Subject Leader - Business & ICTMs Porsha McNallyPorsha.McNally@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher of ICT & Computing (P/T)Ms Elham Azmandianelham.azmandian@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher in charge of Food & Textile TechnologyMs Fawziya Riazfawziya.Riaz@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher of Art & Graphic DesignMr Alfonso Garcia Tovaralfonso.graciatovar@E-ACT.org.uk
Assistant Vice Principal - Learning & TeachingMs Benita Simmonsbenita.simmons@E-ACT.org.uk
Assistant Vice Principal - KS4Mr Errol Comrieerrol.comrie@E-ACT.org.uk
ICT Subject LeaderArslan KhanArslan.Khan@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher of MusicKiarra Wilson-KnottKiarra.Wilson-Knott@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher of MusicGeoff PearceGeoff.Pearce@E-ACT.org.uk