Creativity is at the heart of the Art and Design Curriculum. Students are actively encouraged to work independently and to develop enquiring minds. They are taught all the skills associated with an Art and Design course such as drawing and painting, observational drawing, threedimensional modelling, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, problem solving and the study of the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers.
Students in years 10 and 11 can choose to take a GCSE course in Art and Design, following the Art OCR “broadbased” specification. This permits them to experience a wide range of skills based on the list above but also covering the use of photography and graphic design. However, if it is felt appropriate, it is possible for them to pursue a “focused” course specialising in just one of these areas. Students are encouraged to develop, refine, record and present ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources using a wide range of resources, media, materials and processes.