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Our curriculum intent is to have an ambitious and inclusive curriculum, that empowers our students to become life-long learners and successful global citizens. 

In A Level  Art, Craft and Design students will study different approaches to art and use a variety of different media, techniques and materials including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and mixed media. Students will explore their imaginative, experimental side in their creative outcomes, while gaining a knowledge of Art history as they research and analyse artworks.Through a well-sequenced curriculum, we intend to embed knowledge and skills that challenge all learners.

Students are taught subject specialist and disciplinary language in an explicit and direct manner. A broad range of terminology specific to processes, techniques, tools, equipment and analytical processes is used. 

The creative subjects exemplify and celebrate diversity. Our Enriched and Society- centred Curriculum contains reference to numerous artists and designers from traditionally under-represented groups and societies, especially contemporary practitioners who respond to current and relatable issues. 

Students are encouraged to take a personal stance on a diverse range of issues such as race, feminism, sexuality, gender, politics, divorce, conflict, current affairs, environmental concerns, cultural identity and British Asian Diaspora. Student’s own societal contexts are explored and this provides a rich cultural heritage to draw upon. As well as being an important part of Art and Design criteria, this develops Student’s confidence in articulating their own ‘voice’ and finding personal creative expression. At Exhibition time, every Student will proudly articulate the deeply personal and contextual meanings behind their artwork. Core British and Hestonian Values are addressed, alongside the individual values of the whole school community and its diverse cultural heritage.

To raise aspirations and allow our students to make informed decisions about their future, we provide subject specific careers education. An Art, Craft and Design A Level can be a gateway into many creative careers including graphic design, architecture, animation, illustration and museum/gallery curation.  Our students have been accepted into highly competitive, premier Art Schools such as University of the Arts London (UAL).

Our Curriculum Maps outline our curriculum design and the development of knowledge and skills in Years 12 and 13. The curriculum is adapted to support and challenge students with different starting points, whilst remaining ambitious for all. Students are examined on the Edexcel Specification in A Level Art, Craft and Design. 


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