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Our Art students join us in Year 7 with a variety of Art experience and skills and we seek to consolidate and develop their knowledge in line with the Art National Curriculum.


Our department facilitates the meaningful integration of all subjects into a singular expressive and creative package, encouraging our learners to express themselves through Art. Our schemes of work are thoughtfully sequenced to allow for a progression in component knowledge, skills and understanding from Year 7 to Year 11. We work on developing confidence and ability, encourage creativity and individuality and welcome personal response to the topics we cover.

Our schemes of work are inclusive of both local and international cultural aspects and we address how Art can be used to reflect these aspects. .

We work with a broad range of materials, from sculpture, drawing and paints to photography. Our intention is to spark a fire of enjoyment for the Arts and work with local providers such as art galleries to ensure our students have the opportunity to see Art outside of our school setting.

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

Road Maps:

Please note,  every subject exercise book your child has contains a subject ‘Burnley High Road Map’ that outlines the content covered, timelines and assessment points for the current year.

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Miss Yates