Somervale School became a Media Arts College in September 2000 and was re-designated as a Media Arts College for a third time in July 2010. In September 2010, the school benefited from a further £250,000 of capital and resource investment in its Specialism. From January 2009 the school became host to Somer Valley FM, our own community radio station broadcasting on 97.5FM.
Students have access to:
A radio recording studio
An audio recording studio
A TV recording studio
Two video editing suites
A media computer suite using the latest digital i-Mac computers
Class sets of video camcorders
Specialist Arts College
As a specialist subject at Somervale the Music Department offers students a wide range of activities in the curriculum and through our extra-curricular programme. The department is equipped with two specialist teaching rooms, an ensemble room, a recording studio and practice rooms. The department has a Yamaha keyboard suite and a Music Technology suite with mini macs which is used to provide specific curriculum provision across all Key Stages.
In Key Stage 3, students receive three lessons per fortnight which are divided between developing their Music Technology skills, Keyboard and instrumental skills. This enables students to learn about a wide range of musical styles and techniques within the National Curriculum. In Key Stage 4, students receive six lessons per fortnight and have the opportunity to study Music as a GCSE option.
All students are encouraged to develop their musical talents in and out of the classroom and we offer a wide range of peripatetic lessons, for example, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, vocals, keyboard, piano, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and DJ-ing.
Our students have the opportunity to:
Take a Creative & Media BTEC at Key Stage 4 from 14 & 16 and a Level 3 BTEC at Key Stage 5
Use media equipment and expertise in a wide range of subjects such as Science, Geography and Philosophy & Belief
We have a cinema quality screen, digital projector and sound system in the main hall which we use to show films and media work created by the students.
We extend our media arts expertise to the wider community too. Many students in our partner primary schools and Fosseway Special School have enjoyed working with Somer Valley FM through our community out-reach projects.
The department organises a variety of performances throughout the year in school and within the local community. We have an annual Carol Concert at St. John’s Church and numerous recital opportunities throughout the year. Students from all Key Stages participate in a number of instrumental and technological extra-curricular activities which are teacher and student led.
Yamaha Music School
We have successfully been in partnership with Yamaha Music for 13 years offering lessons within the community on guitar, keyboard and drums. These lessons are taught after school and are available to both students and adults. Yamaha teaching techniques are exciting and diverse enabling learners to develop solo and band skills on top quality instruments, learning a wide range of popular music.