Ofsted Report September 2017 (extracts)
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
In Key Stage 4 when teaching is stronger, pupils have a clear understanding of how to improve their work. In art, for example, pupils are rapidly improving their work due to the clear teacher instruction and the quality of feedback provided.
Outcomes for pupils
In art, pupils make rapid progress due to the teachers’ strong subject knowledge. This leads to pupils making progress at least in line with other pupils nationally.
Creative and Visual Arts Overview
The faculty is supported by a highly skilled group of professional teachers who are also practising artists with subject specialisms spanning fine art, photography, fashion textiles and sculpture, promoting an awareness that goes beyond the boundaries of the classroom to connect with the world.
Our aim is to encourage each student in confident risk-taking so that they may discover an independence of thought and style that allows them to express their individuality and pursue their ambition. At GCSE & A level, results are always outstanding.
Students recognise and act upon their own progress. The faculty work towards aspirational target setting. Intervention strategies on focus students using predicted data is a strength of the faculty. Results continue to improve. Pupil premium funding supports our vulnerable learners so that they are fully equipped to continue to work at home. There is a close working relationship between student and teacher within a purposeful environment so that more sensitive issues can be explored through the medium of art.
All art teachers work to their strengths and have the freedom to adapt the curriculum to the needs of their students.