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Our Art curriculum is challenging and ambitious. The Art curriculum maps are designed to meet the needs of all pupils allowing all to understand the wider picture of their arts education, whilst being engaged and having the ability to identify their own progress, build confidence and increase self-esteem through the knowledge gained and the outcomes produced. It is important for our pupils to get a broad understanding about careers within the creative industries, the history of art, craft and design including periods, styles and major movements throughout history and up to the present day. By doing so our pupils should understand how art and design has shaped our history and contributed to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


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The Department

In Art we encourage creative risk, self-expression and exploration! We create many opportunities for our pupils to build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. We celebrate our pupils' successes throughout the year in the newsletter, competitions and finish the year with the Creative Arts Exhibition. We have a wide range of specialisms and expertise within the department, which allows the pupils to explore their own art practice, develop critical thinking and hone the ability to interpret and challenge the world around us. 

Our subject can also help with wellbeing and improving health and happiness – many pupils see Art as a haven and a place to be mindful. Learning through and about the arts enriches the experience of studying while at school as well as preparing pupils for life after Belvedere.

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Curriculum Related Expectations

Across the Creative Arts curriculum all pupils will study three main subject areas in Lower School across each year. 

In Year 7 pupils will be taught Art, Food and Textiles, with a creative project focussing on, ‘Identity’. In Year 8 pupils will be taught Art, Food and Textiles, with a project concentrating on ‘Structure’. Finally, in Year 9, pupils will be taught Art, Food and Textiles and will be studying ‘Culture’ in design.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Overview - Art

Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Overview - Art

Key Stage 5

KS5 Curriculum Overview - Art


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Clay Club

Art Masterclass

Careers in the Arts

Craft Club



Tate Trip

Gallery Curator Trip - OUTPUT and Blue Coat Chambers

Creative Arts and Media New York Trip


Mrs L. Calderbank - Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Head of Textiles and Art, Teacher of PSHE

Mrs M. Rimmer - Assistant Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Teacher of Music

Mrs J. Evans - Temporary Teacher of Art

Mrs P. Jecks - Teacher of Art

Mr S. Mason - Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Art 

Miss R. Renals-Wells - Teacher of Art, PSHE, Textiles, Mental Health Coordinator, Positive Champion

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