Curriculum Area: Art and Design

Subject Leader: Ms Roberts

Through the Art curriculum at Bailey Street Alternative Provision Academy, we nurture an understanding and enjoyment of art and design. This is through a flexible approach using a wide range of materials and processes. We want to build on pupils’ confidence and promote a mind-set, which is open to exploring and reflecting on their own practice – along with future aspirations and looking at careers within the visual arts.


Bailey Street Alternative Provision Academy is a school where pupils can develop their ability to think creatively and make wider connections with the world of art and design. Through the exploration of a wide range of materials and processes, pupils will have opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge. They will develop skills to talk, write and explore like an artists and designers. Pupils will have opportunity for creative self-expression through the realisation of a final piece of work.


Learning is implemented by exploring, experimenting and developing skills in a variety of media to produce a wide range of outcomes. We link subject specific contents to practising artists, jobs and careers. Key Stage 3 pupils work through different projects and Key Stage 4 pupils work through either AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design or Bronze Arts Award.


In Art and Design, we believe the curriculum will have a positive impact on the development of every pupil. The impact of our curriculum can be measured through sketchbooks and other artefacts that pupils will develop over time. Pupils will be able to develop an appreciation of Art and Design in contemporary society.

Evidence of knowledge and skills throughout the courses will be visible in sketchbooks, portfolios and displays.

  1. To contribute to pupils’ intellectual, emotional, social and cultural development.
  2. To develop and apply skills of creative thought and action.
  3. To develop awareness, knowledge and understanding of the visual arts, craft and design.
  4. To develop skills to research, investigate, interpret and handle information, including visual information.
  5. To develop an appreciation of other cultures through the study of their art and culture.
  6. To introduce pupils to the use of technology in art, craft and design where practically possible.
  7. To develop awareness of the potential of art, craft and design to enrich personal experience and raise self-esteem.

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