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Creative Arts

Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can only be explored by those willing to take the risks.

Mark Rothko

We believe that creativity is a fundamental aspect of education and a cornerstone of personal development.

To develop the creative possibilities within each student we endeavour to provide a stimulating and exciting environment where students can develop their artistic creativity whether they are studying Art for examinations or as an introduction to the subject.  We strive for excellence and aim to expose students arts based culture in both contemporary and historical frameworks.

The Art department prides itself on making art meaningful, enjoyable and accessible to all students whilst promoting the confidence and a desire in students to produce work of quality and meaning. In order to achieve these objectives an understanding of the formal elements of art and design is essential component of teaching and learning, embedding technical competence in a wide range of media. Practical demonstrations are central to the teaching ethos of the department providing an effective means of introducing new skills and techniques whilst generating confidence in the students.

Creative Arts Team

Currently there are four full-time Art specialist teachers and one Art specialist technician member of staff within the department:

  • Mrs O'Brien - Director of learning for Creative and Performing Arts / Cluster Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Lead
  • Mrs Anderson
  • Mr Mark Eden
  • Mr Lee - Art Technician (Ceramics specialist)

All our teaching staff are professionals with specialist knowledge, within many having personal practises. Within art there are specialist in Illustration, Contemporary art and theory, painting sculpture and ceramics. The teaching staff have links to creative industries within fine arts, performance and media. We also have developed excellent links with universities in art, Salford, Manchester and Leeds.

Teaching staff within the Department offer a wide range of specialist areas. These include Painting and Drawing, 3D/Ceramics; printmaking; Textiles; Art History and Photography. Art is taught within an environment which encourages students become resourceful in their approach to work, and to build on basic skills as they progress through the various courses and projects offered.

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff
  • Help, guidance and support
  • Quality notes and materials based on up to date examples
  • An interesting and relevant course for the future

Extra-Curricular Clubs

  • Key Stage 3 Art club - Mondays - 3.15 to 4.30pm
  • GCSE and A level Art and photography - Tuesdays - 3.15 to 4.30pm
  • GCSE and A level Art and photography - Wednesdays - 3.15 to 4.30pm
  • GCSE and A level Art and photography - Thursdays - 3.15 to 4.30pm


  • To provide an environment where students find the creative process enjoyable and rewarding.
  • To develop the ability to record and analyse information.
  • To encourage the research and investigation of ideas.
  • To develop creative thinking skills and approaches to problem solving.
  • To ensure tolerance of others and respect for ideas and opinions.
  • To recognise and appreciate the richness and variety of Art within other cultures.
  • To develop the capacity for creative thought and action; the ability to innovate, initiate and make effective personal responses.
  • To develop physical, intellectual, technical and perceptive skills.
  • To acquire a sense of visual awareness and an appreciation of the environment
  • Learn how to value and judge constructively their own work and the work of other’s.
  • To develop social skills through participation in group projects and through shared experiences
  • To develop a ‘language’ which allows each pupil to express themselves in visual terms and communicate ideas.
  • To develop the potential for further study through the use and understanding of visual and tactile media
  • To promote independent learning, in particular to encourage all students to work in the faculty after school on a regular basis.
  • To be ambitious learners who understand the economic relevance of the creative industries.

Key Stage 3 - Overview

Creativity cannot be passive. Students must be active. They must engage.
At Key Stage 3 the faculty offers students the opportunity to work with a variety of materials and techniques, aiming to develop knowledge and understanding. Students are encouraged to work in ways that will prepare them for the rigour of GCSE coursework. Working in a style in keeping with coursework also gives students a clear idea of whether they want to choose Art as one of their options. The students are learning about the world around them and the focus firstly are concepts and elements of human society, this strengthens a child’s understanding and enables them to have a clear vision and voice within their visual outcomes. The processes and skills are attached to the theme and the academy learning, this empowers our students to understand the relevance of what they are producing and the impact it can have on others.

Key Stage 4 - Overview

Year 10 and 11 pupils will be required to use sketchbooks as a means for recording, researching, exploring, developing and documenting ideas. It will be a record of an individual’s observations, experiences, opinions and visual ideas, showing progression in knowledge, understanding and skills. Students are encouraged to work with a variety of materials and techniques, producing preparatory work in sketchbooks and developing their own ideas towards a final result. Personalised learning is a vital aspect of KS4 and all students are expected to choose their own theme to respond to. Deadlines are an important element of any artistic career and students will be expected to complete artwork within a timeframe. Diversity of response and an experimental approach is encouraged to enable individuals to express what they see, think and feel in their own way while realising their intentions in the making of artwork. Students are encouraged to work on canvases, ensuring their work looks professional and ambitious in its contents.


Mrs S O'Brien - Creative Arts Director of Learning