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Elective is the area of the curriculum which covers a wide range of subjects across the humanities, modern languages, physical education and arts headed up by Deputy Vice Principal, Emily Gaunt.




Religious Education is a compulsory subject as part of the extended core curriculum and subjects such as history, geography and modern languages are subjects which are part of the English Baccalaureate. Each curriculum area is led by a Head of Department who has a number of subjects under their responsibility, which are managed and led individually by a wider team of staff members as explained below.



Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department

Subjects and qualifications

The MFL department provides teaching in Spanish, German, French and Urdu and offers the following qualifications:

  • A levels in Spanish, German and French

  • GCSEs in Spanish, German, French and Urdu. In addition, we provide exams skills coaching for home languages students in GCSE Polish and Portuguese

  • As a through-school, we also offer language teaching to all our students in Key Stage 2 as well as  language club

Please note: these may change according to student demand.

Staff teams

The department boasts a wide range of talented linguists who can speak and teach multiple languages, beyond those taught, demonstrating their passion for their subjects. Our students also benefit from regular contact with native-speaking language assistants in all 3 European languages taught.

Extra curricular activities

The MFL department offers students overseas residential trips to Spain and Germany and day trips to France. We also work with colleagues across Peterborough to organise city-wide competitions, for example: ‘Have Your Say’ for Year 8, and we take out our Post 16 students to talks, exhibitions, theatre performances and cinema events which are relevant to their languages studies.

Humanities department

Subjects and qualifications

The Humanities department provides quality teaching in History, Politics, Geography and Religious Education (RE). It offers the following qualifications:

  • A levels in History, Government and Politics, Geography and RE.
  • GCSEs in History, Geography and RE.

The courses have consistently been popular with our students and the uptake at both GCSE and A level continues to be high.

Staff teams

The department is led by Mr Izycky, along with three subject leaders - Dr Wiggin (History), Mrs Lumley (Geography) and Miss Horsfield (RE). Each team is made up of teachers who all have, in addition to their individual strengths and experience,  a real passion for their subject, very high levels of professionalism and the drive to deliver the best outcomes for all students. The Progress Manager for Humanities is responsible for monitoring students’ improvement between reporting checkpoints and ensuring that no-one falls behind.  

Highlights from the 2015 results

Subjects within the Humanities department have seen some fantastic results over the years, and 2015 was no exception!

In Year 13 at A level, two students achieved an incredible A* in Geography. Not to be outdone, students in Politics matched the achievement. In fact success was really strong across these subjects; over half of the students who took A level Geography gained top (A*-B) grades, which is really excellent and places TDA students above national averages.

In Year 12 at AS level there was more success, with an outstanding percentage of students gaining top grades in RE (47%) and Early Modern History. Again, these figures place our students above national averages for attainment.

Finally, in Year 11, there were many individual examples of pupils excelling across the Humanities subjects including 11 A*s in RE and 7 apiece in History and Geography. The cohort performed well as a whole, with the percentage of students gaining A*-C considerably higher than the school average.

Extra-curricular activities

The History Reading Group is back! The first meeting of the staff and sixth form reading group is scheduled to happen in the next couple of weeks. It is a casual discussion group (with biscuits!) and this term the group will be reading a fascinating, and controversial, piece of scholarship from David Cannadine (Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts , Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature , Fellow of the British Academy....and so on and so on.....). Miss Massey hopes to see you there.

Miss Thompson is eagerly making plans for a Humanities debating club… watch this space!

Back in June over three days over a hundred Year 10 Geography students visited the glorious city of Cambridge to study the impact of tourism on the environment and consider its positive and negative effects. The visit was just the latest opportunity provided by the subject, with other opportunities including visits to London’s Olympic Park to look at re-branding areas and Oxford to study flood management.

Dance, Drama, Music and Media Studies 

Head of Department: Miss V Wiles

Subject Leaders: Mrs E Jeffrey, Dance and Drama

                               Mr M Moore, Music

Subjects and qualifications

GCSE and A Level courses are offered across all 4 subjects within the department.

Students with passion, drive and ambition are often very successful within our subjects. This has resulted in many students continuing to study Dance, Drama, Music and Media at Degree Level.



The learning environments for Dance and Drama are excellent, with 1 Drama Theatre and 2 Dance Studios, all of which have sprung floors. Performance spaces have mirrors, surround sound and lighting to support and facilitate students learning.

A Keyboard Suite, Theory Classroom and Performance Space; including Recording Studio and Practice Rooms ensure that our Music curriculum can offer a full range of skills and opportunities for all.

A Suite of Mac Computers supports the learning of Media Studies students, offering the latest media resources, ensuring all students have full opportunity to access the highest mark boundaries.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

A variety of activities are available to all students throughout the academic year from Dance Company, KS3 Dance Club, KS3 Drama Club and Keyboard Club to name but a few.

The Expressive Arts subjects also annually lead and participate in the following events: TDA Musical, Cathedral Performance, Oundle Festival of Drama and Music and Dance on Board.

The Creative Department encourages students to be curious and inquisitive, inspiring students to step out of their comfort zone in order to explore their full potential.

Art, Design and Technology

A Levels in Art & Design, Art textiles, A Level Design Technology: Graphic Products, Resistant Materials (Edexcel), Textiles (AQA) A Level ICT (AQA) Sport

Applied ICT (OCR – Cambridge Technical)

BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma in Art



Art, Food Technology, Graphics, Product Design,

Textiles, Engineering (Double), PE, Computer Science


Construction, Hospitality and Catering, Sport, Art, Drama, Music, Dance

ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

GCSE Physical Education

Junior Sports Leader Qualification

Each department is well equipped to support the highest quality learning environment. The Design and Technology Department is well supported by technologically-rich facilities that meet industry-quality standards.

Expressive Arts is well catered for with a dedicated Drama Theatre which is fully equipped with sound and lighting, two Dance Studios and a Recording Studio.

Sport has 2 fully-equipped fitness suites, a large gymnasium with climbing wall (below), a 6 badminton-court sports hall and extensive grounds with sports pitches (including 4 rugby, 2 cricket, 4 netball courts) and an all-weather pitch.



Any Other Questions?

If you have any other questions about the Creative curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Gaunt, Deputy Vice Principal on 01733 426060 or