Why are the Creative Arts important?

Involvement in the visual arts is associated with gains in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill? Learning visual arts can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.

Our team of four dedicated Art, design and photography teachers and a technician deliver a curriculum which covers the whole range of artistic activity from painting and drawing to ceramics, printmaking, and digital photography.  We have a purpose-built photography studio and 2 sixth form studios for art and photography alongside a dedicated computer room and professional quality vinyl printing facilities.

We want to inspire and build creativity within our students to give them the skills and knowledge to develop a passion and understanding of art, craft and design.

To foster independence and confidence in the subject to allow students to enjoy expressing their ideas by exploring all media within all art and design.


Within the Creative Arts Faculty we aim to foster pupil’s creativity through a structured programme of activities through the genres of graphic design, art and photography. Pupils are taught to observe, represent and record the world around them in detail.
Work is developed from observation, experience and imagination. We encourage pupils to think about and record both visual and tactile elements such as colour, pattern, texture, line, tone, shape, form and space.
We teach pupils to explore the qualities of different materials and processes whilst also allowing them to experiment with combinations for effect. This includes projects in both two and three dimensional forms of varying different scales.
In order to give pupils an understanding in this broad subject they are educated through the ages across a range of art and design movements, photography and graphic techniques and styles and in a variety of cultures.
Pupils are taught to create art, design and imagery and evaluate its suitability for purpose and meaning. They review what they and others have done in order to develop their work and make improvements.
Throughout the subject, we encourage pupils to recognise successes in the exploration work and identify what they might change in their current projects or develop in their future work to reach a successful conclusion.
The Creative Arts Faculty believes that the visual arts should be enjoyed in and out of curriculum time and therefore we set homework projects to complement work being completed in class. We like to offer our pupils the chance to enrich their experiences and frequently take on opportunities and get involved in external projects. 

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