Curriculum Vision and Implementation

“Our aim is for every child to discover their creative potential and develop a deeper awareness of cultural diversity”

Highest academic expectations

Students progress onto various Art and Design based courses at University. Consistently high results at all levels.

Succeed in their chosen pathway

The subject encourages self-expression and creativity. Additionally, students develop critical thinking and ability to interpret the world around them.

Ambition and preparation for life beyond education

Students master ‘core skills’, equips students with the confidence and knowledge to invent, experiment and create. Develop critical thinking of artists and designers. Respond to new technologies and projects connect to career pathways.

Individual responsibility and respect

Classrooms are places of mutual respect, which reflects the school’s behaviour policy. Additionally, the work and beliefs that students have should be respected at all times.

Academically challenging, ambitious and stimulating curriculum

Our course is designed so students have a clear idea of the planned, sequential and layered knowledge of the curriculum they are studying.

A modern education

The subject responds heavily to new technologies in the world around them, such as use of digital media and software. Staff keep up-to-date with subject pedagogy through the NSEAD and links with other local Art and Design departments. Links with working Artists and Designers.

Develop strength of character and resilience

Analysis and evaluation of own practice is constantly encouraged to strengthen the visual impact of students’ work.

Extra curricular diet and personal development opportunities

Students have opportunities to extend their practice at both break and lunchtimes. Regular house photography competitions and trips to local and national galleries.

Cultural capital

Both GCSE and A-Level courses allow students to express a sense of personal identity through the themes they develop and study. Curriculum equips students with the characteristics to be inquisitive, disciplined and determined individuals.

Personal and professional excellence and realising potential

. We regularly share knowledge, ideas and resources within the department. Personal and professional growth is promoted through courses, training and CPD opportunities. External exhibitions of student work.

Success and achievement

Students’ effort and success is highlighted through the use of rewards such as achievements points and VISAs. Additionally, praise emails and Head Teacher Award nominations are also implemented by departmental staff. Use of visualisers in lessons to model and praise work. High quality school displays celebrate individuals achievement and progress.

True to subjects core content and concepts

Culture of high expectations is fostered with mastering of materials and rich subject knowledge. High levels of engagement and producing work of the expected quality and quantity.

Skills to flourish in the modern world

Subject develops creative problem-solving skills, enhances fine motor skills, decision-making and inventiveness.

Future leaders with courage and integrity

Course and curriculum develops students to be critical thinkers and a strong notion of personal identity.

Learning Journey 

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