The Creative Arts
ART AND DESIGN
Art is encouraged at all levels in the School. The well-equipped Art Department gives pupils of all ages opportunities to explore the different disciplines and express their creative talents to the full. A broad-based visual education is encouraged in Art and pupils move between drawing, painting and printmaking into pottery and three-dimensional work, fabric printing, silk painting and fine art textile design. Art is a form subject and exhibitions of pupils’ work are held regularly.
Class Music in the Senior School is based on developing the key concepts of Listening, Composing and Performing. The pupils undertake a variety of enjoyable and engaging practical work on keyboards and other classroom instruments, combined with some theoretical and contextual study. They are encouraged to reflect and express their thoughts and opinions in response to a variety of musical styles.
GCSE and A level students have access to a large number of resources, including Sibelius notation software and digital recording equipment.
Instrumental lessons are available from Visiting Music Teachers. Pupils are regularly entered for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity Laban practical and theory examinations.
Pupils study Textiles and Food with a specialist teacher. Classes consist of both theory and practical lessons, which are timetabled for a double period each week (1hour 10 minutes).
In the textile lessons pupils look at a variety of hand techniques developing their design skills along with hand – eye coordination and fine motor skills. Projects include binka mats, bookmarks, simple bags, photograph frames and monograms. Theory topics include looking at several types of embroidery stitches, methods of fabric construction and fabric decoration.
In food lessons pupils study in a purpose built kitchen following a programme which will enable them to produce nutritious and appealing dishes as part of a healthy diet. Work will include the safe handling of kitchen equipment including knives, hot pans and the safe use of the cooker.
Topics of study include Methods of Cooking, Food Hygiene, Snack Foods, World Foods, Healthy eating, Dietary Related Health Problems and Nutritional needs. Pupils will make a variety of dishes beginning with simple salads & smoothies and moving on to cooking dishes such as bolognaise using meat, homemade burgers and simple pastry dishes.
Home Economics; Food & Nutrition is offered to study at GCSE. At the end of the course pupils will sit a theory paper and complete several projects, set by the exam board, where a written project is accompanied by several practical’s culminating in a 3 hour practical, producing several dishes under exam conditions.