The Leigh Art department strive for success with a passionate and dedicated team. We offer a wide range of Art, Design and Photography encouraging students to explore, experiment and creatively apply their knowledge in a personal response.
Throughout KS3, KS4 & KS5 students have the opportunity to develop their ideas with printing, painting, drawing, mixed media, casting, photography (digital and experimental) and digital (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) across 2D and 3D.
To accommodate all this creativity we have 2 large Art studios and a Mac suit with a HP Designjet printer.
At the end of every academic year we celebrate our KS4 & 5 successes by creating a catalogue and hosting our annual exhibition displaying at least one completed final piece from every student. Constructed in the Winter Garden in the heart of the Academy everyone is welcome to meander through the display of Fine Art, Photography and Graphics. This is a chance to show the rest of the academy, staff and proud parents what we have achieved over the year.
Many of our students progress from GCSE to our A-level courses and onto Higher Education, preparing them for successful careers in the creative industries.
The exam board is Edexcel. In all courses for KS4, students are assessed on their level of skill, knowledge and understanding across 4 areas.
The final grade at the end of the course consists of two parts:
60%- UNIT 1 Coursework (This will be a ‘Portfolio of work’ with a range of responses supported by work in your sketchbooks)
40% – UNIT 2 Timed test (8-10 hours unaided work + 8 weeks preparation time)
To gain the highest level in each area you will also need to demonstrate contextual understanding by analysing Artists work and linking them to your personal responses.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted