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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Art and Design

Art and Design is taught to all girls in Years 6-9 after which students can opt to further their studies at GCSE and AS/A Level. It is a popular subject amongst the girls and the department has a good record of leavers who progress to Art Foundation and creative degree courses. A good art education goes beyond learning artistic skills. Art offers individuals the opportunity to achieve a balance between intellectual and emotional capabilities.

It also builds critical thinking skills, self-awareness, self-confidence and values. Art connects children to their environment, to themselves and that of other cultures and countries. 

The department is based in one large purpose built classroom that houses an excellent range of facilities from ceramics to screen printing and textiles. The girls will have the opportunity to try a wide variety of materials, techniques and processes. Pupils in Years 6-9 are taught basic skills and theory. Alongside their practical work they will study important and relevant movements in the History of Art from Expressionism to Contemporary Practise. They also will develop the ability to use a sketchbook as a tool for gathering visual information, experimenting and recording. As they move through the school they will be given more opportunities to develop their work independently, with guidance from the teacher, making transition to GCSE easier.

In Years 10-13 students build on the skills learnt in Key Stage 3. We offer the AQA Art and Design course at GCSE, and Art, Craft and Design and Photography at AS and A Level, as these specifications allow the girls to experience and develop their ability in using a wide range of materials, techniques and processes whilst evolving their own direction and style. All three courses consist of 2 units; a portfolio of work and an externally set task.