Welcome to Big Creative

Independent School

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Big Creative Independent School (BCIS) offers Alternative Provision schooling for year 10/11 learners interested in Creative Music and Media who do not feel their current establishment is a place they will succeed.


This is a full-time programme that runs for 5 days a week and is led by teachers who are also current industry professionals. At BCIS, we use only the highest spec equipment, including the latest Apple Mac computers and industry professional software, leading to high-quality results and outcomes.

  • Local Authority: Waltham Forest (320)
  • Age Range: 14 – 16
  • Gender: Mixed
  • Proprietor: Alexis Michaelides
  • Head Teacher: Ian Morton
  • Contact Name: Justin Bayley
  • School and Proprietor Telephone: 020 8498 3300
  • School Manager Email: justin.bayley@bigcreative.education
  • School and Proprietor Address: Uplands House, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 5QJ

Our Mission

To transform the lives of young people through inspirational teaching, providing exceptional access to career opportunities in the creative industries. To get disaffected young people back on track in their lives through high quality vocational courses.

Our Vision

To be recognised as an outstanding provider and to ensure our graduates are empowered to lead purposeful lives with integrity.

Our Values

To place the well-being and development of our young people and the local community at the heart of the organisation.

Our Curriculum

BCIS aims to provide a holistic, experiential, immersive learning opportunity that encompasses all aspects of a young person’s education.
The curriculum at BCIS builds on the already successful provision at Big Creative Training.
We focus on creative industry, with heavy emphasis on:
  • Personal, social and careers development
  • Achievement of the core of mathematics and English
  • Solid progression routes

Through the creative subject, learners will develop personal, social and functional skills. Personal and Social development is the beating heart of the learner experience, & their experience will not be solely based around the achievement of qualifications, but a sound ethical framework permeating all aspects of the school.

The school will be a context in which young people learn from their experiences and become more effective in their decision making and relationships.

Music Production & Performance Level 1

You will develop your creative side with a focus on writing, making beats and arranging songs for recording and performing. Learn about music industry business such as job roles, contracts and generating revenue. DJ’ing and sound engineering skills are also on offer.


Engage in the world of sports and physical education in this non-accredited subject tailored for young enthusiasts. Experience the benefits of cardio therapy while exploring activities like football, basketball, and badminton. Enhance your fitness, teamwork, and overall well-being through dynamic and enjoyable physical activities.

Creative Digital Media Level 2

You will learn to use industry standard programmes as well as equipment to produce your own productions. You will gain skills in video production, graphic design and photography. Media learners will also have access to high profile trips and guest speakers.

Maths and English (Functional Skills / GCSE)

Maths and English will be a fundamental part of your study and are both essential if you wish to gain sustainable employment in the future. Our Maths and English courses are flexible and are designed to meet the needs of our learners.

Personal and Social Development Level 1

Prepare yourself for your next steps and the big world you are soon to become a part of. Learn employment and Social skills as well as gaining a deeper understanding about the society we live in, and a deeper understanding of yourself to identify the role you will play in life.


Explore the wonders of science in this non-accredited subject designed for young minds. Delve into physics, chemistry, and biology, covering topics from space exploration to hands-on experiments. Discover the science of music and enhance your understanding of the world around you. The subject includes an exciting trip to the science museum, offering a unique and immersive experience.

Trips & Adventures

From time to time BCIS will indulge in trips and adventures in order to widen the learner experience, for educational purposes or simply to have a good time.

Recently learners have visited establishments such as BBC 1Xtra studios, Kiss 100 studios, the Science Museum, and have also engaged in exciting trips to Thorpe Park, VR Gaming centre and have even climbed the o2.

Extra Curricular Activities

BCT / BCIS runs extra curricular activities after school hours for any young person wanting to continue their education, gain extra knowledge, finish work or simply further sharpen their skills.

The following after school activities are on offer:

  • Catch up Club
  • Football sessions
  • Film Production Club
  • Music Industry Club