Arts education is an essential part in the development of the ‘whole child’. Pupils have the opportunity to experience and explore the visual and sensory qualities in Art and Design such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, ICT graphics, textiles and printmaking. The art department is committed to provide further pupil access through cross curricular activities including music, dance, fashion shows, school productions and creative writing. The development of a holistic creative atmosphere throughout the school is achieved by strong links with other subject areas and the approachable attitude of the department staff who all aim to achieve to provide the best and most suitable education for each individual child.
Classroom teaching at Key Stage 3 includes a wide range of opportunities to develop pupils’ understanding of key skills including research and idea development, experiences of art materials including traditional mediums alongside new technologies and the introduction of different working scenarios including the promotion of independence as well as team working skills.
At Key Stage 4, pupils are encouraged to develop their areas of interest whilst ensuring coverage of the relevant qualification assessment objectives at Arts Award Bronze, Entry and GCSE level. Teaching styles focus on the sharing of skills with pupils, informing them of the most appropriate ways to research, develop ideas and promoting independent choices.