Art and creative learning can have a positive impact on young
people helping to raise self- esteem and confidence.
Through Art education we aim to provide an environment in
which pupils can develop the ability to express themselves artistically.
Learning new skills will enhance and contribute to their creative thinking.
Through creative expression they will develop problem solving skills
Students in KS3 are introduced to a variety of new skills and a range of different media in
which to complete their art work. Students study the work of different artists and are given
opportunities to learn new techniques. They are encouraged to communicate their own ideas
through a variety of learning experiences. Artists are invited in to work with the students in
conjunction with Hampshire Cultural Trust.
At KS4 students have the opportunity to take art as an option subject and follow the full GCSE
course, where they have the opportunity to develop and explore their personal interests in art
and design. Visits to galleries such as Southampton City art gallery and places of inspiration
such as Art in the garden at Hilliers Arboretum are organised throughout the year. The GCSE
qualification consists of a portfolio of course work plus an externally set task which culminates
in a 10 hour exam usually run over two days.