Our Art department is used to facilitate the meaningful integration of all subjects into a singular expressive and creative package.

Our department aims to embed and strengthen the key learning concepts of the other subjects in school subjects whilst simultaneously acting with a greater degree of autonomy in the creative processes.

Our unique KS3 Art Curriculum is designed to meet specific individual needs of a variety of students thus facilitating their self-actualisation, increasing confidence and boosting aspirations.

We want to see all students not only succeed on their Creative Education journey but to take active ownership of their own learning. We work to nurture resilience and independence by creating an environment in which students accept it is part of the process to make mistakes.

Our creative Curriculum has traditionally been underpinned by many extra-curricular elements and out of class experiences such as:

  • ‘Brief’ based after school clubs – working to fulfil a brief targeted for inclusivity and to raise the profile of both students and the Arts
  • External practitioner visits & Collaboration – targeted to broaden their exposure to Artists, craftspeople and industry
  • Social/Cultural visits – targeted for development of a student’s sense of cultural identity, their sense of belonging and to broaden their exposure to Artists, craftspeople and industry

KS4 Art at Burnley High School follows the same theme of empowering students to work independently to solve both internally and externally set briefs.

The AQA programme we generally deliver is ‘Un-endorsed’, which means it is open to a response from any discipline within Art & Design, including:

  • Fine Art Painting
  • Photography/Film
  • Textiles
  • Sculpture
  • 2D Media

One benefit amongst many of offering this route is that the programme can be highly differentiated and student led, again developing the ability to fully take ownership of their 2 year investigation into both themselves and their creative expression.

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I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates