Art and Design Technology
H Reeves (Team Leader)
The combined Art and Design results in 2013 delivered A*- A 9% and A*-C 88%. This is an increase of 22% from 2012 results and 11% above the national average with a cohort of 66 students. The Art staff now feel confident in their highly developed systems for driving standards forward to enhance the A*-A grades in 2014. Exceptional results were gained in BTEC food led by Lynne James.
This year 160 Year 9 students achieved their Silver Arts Award. The level 2 qualification is equivalent to point score of half a GCSE at grade B. It is administered by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Our cross curricular initiative involves Painting and drawing, 3D Studies, Textiles, Music, Drama and Form teachers. One of the aims is to improve the overall student point score for the college. Another is to ensure all Catmose students have a nationally recognised qualification in the Arts. The theme of Music enabled students to successfully produce work related to their own interests in this broad theme. Work ranged from a guitar used on stage for the school production to delicate watercolours of dancers. Students choice of materials and techniques led to greater motivation, leading the moderator to comment that, ’It is a joy to see the work you do with young people-the Arts Challenge is particularly strong’
All Year 9 students as part of their Arts Award worked with an Artists/Designers, including Debbie Boon in a drawing workshop using oil pastels based on the theme of sweets, Jan Burridge faces in clay, and Abi Jackson a pop star cushion. 18 SEN students achieved a Bronze Arts Award. This is the highest number of students to achieve the two Awards in one year. We hope to continue to develop this with other SEN students in the future.
Judith Williams, James Brydon, Lisa Woods and Lynne James continued to liaise with staff at Catmose Primary to deliver a range of projects tied into their curriculum, including toys with movement, a Coat of Arm, Sceptre and Crown on the theme of Royalty using a range of resistant and non-resistant materials. In addition an arch was constructed for the spring ball and fascinating pieces of pottery linked to the topic ‘underground’ and excavation’ where created giving our primary school students a rich and varied experiences.
Numerous competitions and events ran throughout the year across the two departments, within DT the ‘Future Chef’ competition was highly successful, one student was awarded runner-up at the Loughborough regional final. At Casterton College ‘Rotary Young chef’ competition Catmose students excelled themselves by achieving first, second and third places. In additional DT liaised with Science on their very successful subject week and James Brydon ran the Christmas workshops, enabling students to make crafted gifts for family and friends. Art ran the very successful Christmas card competition and over the coming months we have already planned 6 different house competitions.
The team will continue to build on their successes through applying for Gold Artsmark and aim to become an exemplary centre for Arts Award, alongside continuing to strengthen our links with the local primary schools. In 2013-2014 we aim to increase our student participation and take up at KS4 by raising the profile of Art and DT through a range of specific events including an Arts and Craft community project/week, exhibitions throughout the year for each key stage, Art work of the week displayed on the main College screens and the continuation of Gifted and Talented workshops. Beyond this we believe it essential that students experience the Arts and crafts first-hand. Trips this year include Burghley sculpture park, Kettles Yard, The British Museum, Language/Art trip to Paris and Product Design students will be visiting a local designer/manufacture of audio storage products.