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. Art can enrich lives, build character, and teach transferable skills and knowledge for life. It helps us to understand ourselves, to explore our identity and to find our place in the world.

Studying art at The King’s Academy enriches student’s lives. It helps them to engage with works of art; to ‘think’ about and analyse artwork and find a connection to their own lives. This raises their ‘cultural capital’ and inspires greater ambitions and aspirations for life. Art challenges all students to learn skills for art and skills for life. Many of the skills are transferable skills, including designing, observing, communicating ideas, reflecting, and evaluating. Art also requires highly refined skills, precision, and creative thinking.

Through Art, students build character by learning self-control, focus, patience, and self-discipline. Art at The King’s Academy shows students that we are all valued; it supports and promotes inclusion and diversity with non-disabled and disabled students, including those with special educational needs, all growing and learning together.


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

a. Enjoy and appreciate Art, creation and display; and by developing perceptual skills and understanding of the language of aesthetics.

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 the 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 and the part they have to play in our understanding of reality, 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