Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

Art is a deeply human activity that helps us to connect with others in a way which transcends cultures and generations. It gives us a way to express joy, thankfulness, love and hope, sadness, cruelty and despair. It helps us to understand ourselves, to explore our identity and to find our true place in the world.

Art needs an understanding of context. It requires highly refined skills, precision, patience, and creative thinking. Producing works of art, and developing our appreciation of others’ work, can enrich our lives. It improves our empathy, compassion, and love for other people and for the world around us. Artistic expression helps us to process the challenges and joys of life and turn them into solid objects and artifacts that can convey a story, a meaning or message to the world.

Virtues to be developed include: respect for truth, compassion for poor/disadvantaged, respect for others, cooperation, validity, authenticity, meaningfulness, discernment, expressiveness, beauty, sensitivity to others, perseverance, coordination, precision in observation and action, good judgement and interpretation, accuracy.0


2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Enjoy and appreciate Art, creation and display by developing perception and understanding of the language of Art.

b. Have a wide range of artistic experiences that can produce a deeper appreciation for Art and improve future aspirations.

c. Enrich students with artistic skills and a deeper understanding of the meanings and purposes of Art that can help them process their own emotions and make connections with other people. potentially leading to good mental health.

d. Encourage students to explore their identity; to understand the world around them and their place within it.

e. Link Art with other curriculum subjects in order to develop students’ appreciation of how they are inter-connected, whilst also enriching students’ deeper understanding of these and other subjects.


Curriculum Overview

Year 7 to 8
Year 9
Year 10 to 11 Art and Design
Year 10 to 11 Fine Art
Sixth Form