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Creative Arts

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The Creative Arts Department at Notton House Academy aims to provide an environment which nurtures and actively encourages creativity and talent. We offer a wide range of disciplines from photography, fine art, ceramics, digital media, textiles and cookery. Practical work is developed through an ethos of praise and constructive dialogue between student and teacher. Students are exposed to a wide range of media and techniques and develop their appreciation of Creative Arts through the generation of their own ideas.

Students are encouraged to develop their literacy through the Creative Arts analysing the work of makers and craftspersons and through evaluating their own work. We have planned an inclusive curriculum which celebrates the diversity of our students and focuses on a different continent each term linking to our SMSC Global Project.

All students are encouraged to have ownership of their ideas, developing work with guidance from the teacher. Choice is an important aspect of the curriculum and students are encouraged to make work based on their own ideas where possible.  The Creative Arts Department generates enthusiasm in students and provide educational, challenging, varied and enjoyable schemes of work.

There are opportunities across the school to be involved in creative extra-curricular activities such as photography and animation competitions, art clubs and wood working projects.

At KS4 Art students study for the AQA GCSE (9-1) and we work from either the Fine Art or Art and Design specification depending on personal interests. In both of these areas students will develop research and investigative skills, producing sketchbooks full of creative flair and individuality. They will also have the opportunity to create large scale works to be put on display around the school.

At KS4 students may choose to study Cookery through the Jamie Oliver BTEC Home Cooking Skills Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications. They are hands-on courses that help students develop the essential skills they need to cook simple, nutritious, affordable food. Alternatively, students have the option to study GCSE  (1 - 9 ) Food Preparation and Nutrition.


Within the Creative Arts Department we have a wide range of exciting facilities and equipment, some examples of these are;

  • A well equipped kitchen
  • Traditional darkroom facilities
  • Art studio with Apple Mac computers
  • Photoshop and Illustrator applications
  • Digital cameras
  • Stop motion animation equipment
  • Sewing machines
  • Ceramic kiln.