An exceptional educational experience for all

An exceptional educational experience for all

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Learning at BVGA


 ‘Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:  produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques; evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design; know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms’.

Art Intent

The Art department gives young people the creative space to think and respond. We aim to help young people to value and express their thoughts and ideas. Britain has a big colourful history of success in the Arts and this is internationally recognised.  We work hard to inspire and educate the women of tomorrow to thrive in the creative industry and beyond.  Our staff have a diverse range of specialisms and have worked professionally within the creative industry.  We strive to meet the requirements of the curriculum in exciting new ways and celebrate the success of every student. We use a range of different mediums and processes to engage and motivate our students. Our lessons and projects are individualised and differentiated to enable students of all abilities to make progress. Students explore a range of different cultures, history and literature to inform their work. Mathematics’, English and I.T skills are used on a regular basis to assist in the creation of artwork. Society wants people that can take the ideas of others both past and present and move ideas forward.  The world needs risk takers who are able to experiment and create, we provide students with opportunities to develop the skills required to do this.

Confident Learners

Confident Communicators

Confident Future Citizens

To create confident learners, the Art curriculum is:

  • Carefully planned and resourced so all can achieve.
  • A place to learn new skills and develop existing skills.
  • Open to change and student ideas.
  • Challenging but accessible
  • Bespoke for each class and individual
  • Led by passionate teachers and TA’s who each contribute their own ideas and support each other.
  • Linked to other curriculum areas.
  • A place where everyone's work is valued and celebrated. (At KS3 through display)
  • Varied and experimental. -embraces creativity.
  • Allows a degree of age/ability related autonomy.


To create confident communicators, the Art curriculum:

  • Has teachers that actively listen, value and takes on board student’s ideas.
  • Facilitates student peer feedback and peer teaching.
  • Encourages students to visually and verbally explore ideas, concepts and the work of other art practitioners.
  • Teaches student to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Teaches the students how to use subject specific words in speech and writing with confidence and knowledge of their meaning.


To create confident future citizens, the Art curriculum:

Uses art to make meaningful visual connections to:

  •  Other subjects taught in school,
  • Different times in history and places
  • Empathy and understanding of people different to themselves- Faith, culture, sexual orientation-Celebrate our diversity.

Be able to share:

  • Organise, share and manage resources and time
  • Think of creative solutions
  • Take risks
  • Develop ideas
  • Work with others collaboratively.

The Art curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Have a creative space where they can feel part of the process and take some ownership of their project and work.

The Art curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Be listened to, respected and understood.


The Art curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Become more aware of our diverse society, heritage and environment and to use this awareness to embrace positive change, acceptance and unity.

The Key Concepts running through Art

  • Teaching and developing skills when representing the formal elements of art, craft and design in their work. i.e.: Line, tone, colour, form, shape, texture, pattern and composition.
  • Giving students a variety of experiences:  Paintings, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, surface pattern, digital computerised manipulation, photography.
  • Responding critically and personally to an artist, designer, issue, culture or concept and use this as an initial or ongoing source of inspiration.
  • Developing and refining ideas, imaginatively and taking risks.
  • Producing individual personal outcomes which encompass their research, planning and development.

Curriculum Maps

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