Creative Arts: Robyn Edwards-Peal
Art and Design Technology
The art department has a long history of success at Everest. Students feel part of a community and the art rooms are always full at lunchtimes and after school. Students are encouraged to set their own challenging targets and personalised learning is high on the agenda.
In the lower school, the department focuses on providing a creative experience for all individuals with an awareness of the diversity of abilities and cultures. Students study this subject for two lessons per fortnight.
The lessons followed by lower school students build on the excellent work being done by many of the feeder schools. During the two-year course students are taught in mixed ability groups. Technology is taught via skills-based and integrated subject modules enabling the students to develop problem-solving skills crucial to design and technology. Examples of these include graphics, textiles and woodwork. Students utilise the full range of resistant and compliant materials. In year 8 these modules are developed and extended in order that all students may receive a full foundation helping them to make their choices from the KS4 courses available.
All students negotiate targets specific to technology. Students are encouraged to monitor their own progress by maintaining skills assessment sheets in their workbooks – this in turn enables the technology team to reward good progress and give constructive feedback to empower students to develop further.
Students develop their artistic and creative skills and are encouraged to work practically and imaginatively, to help them achieve their full potential.
During years 9, 10 and 11 students follow their chosen subject within the field of design and technology, which includes art, design technology and photography. Success is based on both practical and theory work. We offer GCSE Art or product design as an option at KS4.
Extra-curricular activities play a significant role in the art department, including visits to London galleries. Art students also develop their skills through participation in the school.
These courses enable students to go on to higher education in a range of areas. Students work individually and in teams to develop the research, designing, making and communication skills necessary to undertake their own externally-assessed project work.