Our GCSE course for Art and Design provides further opportunity for the development of understanding and practical experience of the role, purpose and function of Art and Design in society. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to a wide range of skills and techniques in 2 and 3 dimensional media. Core studies might include observation drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, computer graphics, illustration, textiles, fashion design, sculpture and a wide range of 3D work.
The study of Art and Design may be approached in many different ways and students will be introduced to the skills and strategies of three main areas:
Programmes of work have been devised to promote students’ ability to respond to a stimulus, theme or idea in a personal and expressive way. Ideas, perceptions and feelings can be expressed in a variety of ways by experimenting with materials and media and in the creative use of visual language.
Design influences our lives as members of the community, as consumers and as guardians of the environment. Our world is constantly changing and learning through design-based programmes of study can help students to evaluate and shape our environment more creatively. In our Art and Design course, students will come to understand the importance of the visual aspects of design and recognise those areas which specifically depend upon the techniques and approaches of the Visual Arts.
By using our Resources Centre, students will develop the skills to evaluate their own work and that of artists and designers at second and first hand. A programme of gallery visits and college visits as well as visits by artists to us will be arranged to stimulate practical responses to the ideas and approaches of important artists.
Our GCSE Art and Design syllabus requires students to present four main bodies of work, including the controlled test, for final assessment at the end of the course. (Coursework = 60% Controlled test = 40%)
English in Years 7-9 offers a lively range of activities which place equal emphasis on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Students are encouraged to use a variety of forms and styles in their written work and to revise work to improve content, accuracy and presentation. The team is committed to combining creativity with technical and grammatical skills. Each student has a folder of work which is used to monitor progress.
In Years 10 and 11 most students follow an integrated course of study leading to GCSE examinations in English and English Literature. The following major areas are covered:
Reading a range of texts (including Pre-1914 prose, plays and poetry, plays by Shakespeare, and poems from different cultures).
Creative writing Media Studies
Post 1914 drama
Speaking assessed as individual, groups and whole class work and listening
By studying a range of literary, non fiction and media texts students learn to understand choices which writers, including themselves, make in language, structure and form to achieve the effects desired.
The English Team run an English support club on Friday lunchtimes.
A small group of students studying Work – Related Learning courses in year 10 study English Language GCSE only.