The creative Arts have always been very much an essential part of any healthy well-functioning society. In the context of a school the Art department is often a barometer of the success of the school overall and the happiness of its students.
At Hayesfield, the Art department is at the centre of school life literally and metaphorically, with the location of the department based solely at the Upper Oldfield park campus and offering a real shop window for the whole school – almost all visitors to the school pass through the centre of our department.
In the Art Department we aim to equip our students with useful skills for life particularly in a society where the creative industries, both locally and nationally, are some of the fastest growing ones, and visual communication is key to good communication. We are very proud of the positive, friendly and inclusive atmosphere of possibilities that we create together within the Art department. Often the rooms are as busy with students from across all year groups outside normal lesson times as during lessons. The skills and values learnt here are ones that equip students for rich cultural and creative lives. We have always celebrated the successes of our students many of whom have achieved great successes on Art Foundation courses and a range of degree courses as well as those who have taken different academic routes into areas such as engineering and architecture.
Photography has become one of the primary means of communicating in our society with the development of smart phone technology. All of our students understand and use this language. In our Photography lessons we are able to now use this experience and enthusiasm and to develop exciting work and ideas that include also traditional photographic techniques that include darkroom and film work. Thankfully photography is also becoming more respected as an academic subject. We have had a number of successes since the beginning of our A level course of students gaining places directly onto degree courses based upon portfolios produced at GCSE and A level.
Art and Photography Subject Aims
- To maintain and/or stimulate a lifelong interest and enjoyment of culture and creative endeavour in the visual arts andwithin wider culture
- To enable pupils to understand the world and how artists have contributed to the development of society and helped to promote understanding
- To enable pupils to work independently both through research and responding to others but also through taking ownership of highly individual and personal work
- To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to ART and to experience success and enjoyment in their creative work
- To celebrate the achievement of all pupils through display and recognition of achieevment and the acknowledgement of skill, sensitivity and creative thinking
The Department is led by Head of Art Howard Lee.
He has a wide experience of fine art, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics techniques as well as photography. He is also had extensive experience as a visiting external moderator working with the OCR board for the last fifteen years at both GCSE and A level in Art and Photography.
Alastair Flindhall previously trained with us on his PGCE course and we are so pleased he has now returned to teach full time here. He is a practising artist with a wealth of skills and experience and enthusiasm including painting and photography digital media and environmental sculpture.
Venetia Osborne previously worked as the Head of Department at Hayesfield and we were delighted that she returned, as she is a highly creative inspirational teacher with a very inclusive and positive approach and an extensive range of creative skills.
Jenna Button is a textiles and Art teacher who has brought a wonderful calm and creative presence to the department and is inspiring year 7-9.
We are fully committed to full participation from all students and ensure that there is no obstacle to students enjoying and progressing in their ART lessons. In addition to identifying and supporting SEN students, according to the SEN policy and SIS sheet information provided (including involvement of TAs where appropriate), the ART Department identify subject specific students who may require additional support. Full information on how we support students with SEN needs is detailed in the Subject Handbook and available by request from the Subject Leader.
We recognise at there are some students who are exceptionally talented in the creative arts
In addition to identifying and supporting G&T students in all lessons according to the G&T policy (as identified by CATS), the ART Department identify subject specific students to challenge and support and have a long history of working closely with the SEN department.
|1 - in class||Class Teacher||Providing extra questions or resources.
Redrafting substandard work
|2 - At Home||Class Teacher - with teacher setting / checking||Intervention task set
Parent phone call for information
|3 - P6||Class Teacher / HOD / DHOD||Letters home to attend P6 targeted intervention sessions|
|4 - P6 and beyond||HOD's, HOF, DOA and SLT persons||End of year intervention days, Holiday time interventions, parent - pupil meetings|
ART is divided into 3 areas:
Lower School – A 3 year bridging curriculum from KS2 to GCSE (Year 7 – Year 9).
Upper School – 2 Year GCSE course from Year 10 to Year 11
A Level – 2 Year course from Year 12 to Year 13.