The challenge | To ensure creativity resonates in all subjects to improve the confidence and prospects of students from challenging social contexts.

Develop a challenging, innovative and enriching curriculum

Time was spent mentoring individual students as part of the Mastery initiative which helped to build confidence and improve outcomes. Lunchtime, after school, weekend and holiday clubs built upon these skills and pupils valued this. 100% of KS4 students became regular attenders at lunchtime and after school clubs, initiated because of the focus on mastery.

Enthuse pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum

Events such as ‘The Creativity Awards Evening’ helped to engage and convince parents of the value of the creative subjects. It also rewarded creative approaches to learning in every area of the school. Entertainment and food for 300 parents and students was accompanied by performances and prize giving.

Enrich the subject knowledge and impact of all teachers within the department

All staff in the department were involved in internal and whole school CPD and the delivery of research-based presentations. These are archived in a shared staff online area. Staff are also members of SUN and SCENT networks of teachers and lecturers.

Encouraged links within and beyond school, including universities and professional bodies

The school’s success on a national platform (exhibited at the National Students’ Art Exhibition, representation at the regional heats of the ‘Articulation’ public speaking competition) and internal exhibitions ensure students are in no doubt of their abilities, and potential. Arts University and New Arts Centre workshops, visits and talks were arranged.

Contact | Jane Davies