St Richard’s Art Department aims to open all pupils’ eyes to the world and prepare those continuing on with art with the creativity and skills to make a success of higher education. Individuals going into Higher Education and gaining degrees in Art and Design are well-equipped for the world of work. Creative thinkers are highly employable and are much sought after in the world of design, television, media, film, galleries, museums and education. The creative industries are now one of the highest graduate employers in the UK.
Meet the department
- Mr A Peachment, Subject Leader
- Mrs F Nicholls, Teacher
- Miss M Pennington, Teacher
- Mrs V Robertson, Teacher
All Key Stage Three pupils receive art lessons that base practical activities on a growing understanding of critical studies. Basic studies in technique and understanding develop in Year 7 into more open ended work that prepares pupils for GCSE by the end of Year 9. Pupils are encouraged to work in GCSE styled sketchbooks during Year 8 and Fine Art pupils may opt to attend extra lessons in term 6 of Year 9 to ensure a smoother transition to GCSE.
The GCSE results for Fine Art were excellent in 2014.The A* to C pass rate was 100% in Fine Art with the A*-A pass rate 86.66% and A*-B pass rate 93.32%.
Pupils opt in the latter part of Year 9 for either the AQA Fine Art course or the AQA Art and Design course. Both courses require pupils to develop a portfolio of coursework and complete an externally-set task.