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In Art and Design there are a wide range of opportunities for students to take part in activities beyond normal lesson time. The department operates an ‘open door’ policy three evenings a week. This provides those students who have a keen interest in the subject and enjoy working creatively to continue with their coursework. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 can opt into short, specialist projects run by staff aimed developing a particular aspect of their art, students are also given the opportunity to display their work in a Key stage 3 Exhibition.
Students are often given the opportunity to work with practising artists within the Option K programme, as part of the Key stage 3 curriculum and within our ‘High Achievers’ programme. In years 11 and 13 our students are encouraged to attend residential art courses and exhibitions; and we organise visits and workshops at a number of national and international galleries for all year groups, which, in the last few years, has involved travelling to Liverpool, London and New York.
Students are encouraged to participate in both local and national competitions which give them the opportunity to exhibit their skills in many different areas of art from painting, illustration, photography, ceramics and graphics work to computer generated images. Many of our students have won prizes in the annual Rotary Club Art competition as well as being successful in nationally run competitions. The department also runs internal competitions including the annual CHS Christmas card competition.