The Art Department believes in a fresh and lively approach; our curriculum is varied and written to meet the needs of our pupils. The work set is challenging so as to encourage pupils to achieve their full potential.
Pupils are encouraged to follow their ideas as individuals and have confidence in their decision making. We ain to provide an environment where pupils feel safe, secure, calm and valued as young artists in our community.
Key Stage 3 – Understanding, Investigating and Making.
During Year 7 pupils learn the basic skills of making, colour and texture, these skills are then used in year 8 in topic based projects such as pattern and bugs while also introducing many techniques such as printing, painting and clay work, while also studying Artists. In year 9 the topics become GCSE style in preparation for Year 10 if they chose to continue with the subject. More techniques are introduced as well as Artists.
Key Stage 4
We offer GCSE Art and Design from the WJEC Exam Board, we follow an unendorsed course so that pupils are free to work in any materials/style they wish. Our results are very successful. The pupils have a fantastic opportunity to work with an Artist in Residence for the day and take part in Art and Design trip to a museum.
Key Stage 5
Pupils have the opportunity to join us in sixth form to study A’Level Art and Design, we are part of the Rhymney Valley Consortium along with Lewis Girls’ School, Heolddu CS, Rhymney CS and Ystrad Mynach College, so have students from different schools, many of them girls. The A’Level Art and Design is with the WJEC exam Board. The students work with an Artist in Residence for the day, visit the National Museum in Cardiff and take part in a London trip to visit the Museums. Our results are consistently successful.