All pupils study Art at Key Stage 3. The curriculum has been created to inspire and develop pupils’ individual creativity. Pupils have the opportunity to work with a range of different mediums and techniques throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.
The curriculum has been designed to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to progress to GCSE. As pupils progress they will think more critically and creatively to develop a more rigorous understanding of Art.
The Art department has a big emphasis on supporting pupils to find their own creative style. This can include mediums within fine art, graphic communication, photography, clay and textiles. Art is a truly subjective subject and we encourage pupils to express their own creativity, opinions and views. Pupils are encouraged to take creative risks, and explore and develop ideas, in order to create a body of work. This is an essential life skill as well as teaching pupils how to look at things aesthetically and develop technical knowledge and skills.
Key Stage 4 course
AQA Art, Craft and Design
Key Stage 5 course
AQA Graphic Communication
AQA Art Textiles
Pupils are encouraged to visit galleries and museums to extend their learning. The Art department plans opportunities for pupils to gain new experiences by planning trips and an exciting enrichment programme after school with topics changing termly. GCSE pupils are able to make use of the ‘open house’ policy during break, lunch and afterschool to use the facilities and get extra support. Each academic year the school also holds a #togetherwecreate week where pupils participate in a variety of projects, workshops, trips and listen to guest speakers.
Subject lead – Natasha Frankham