Art

St Edward’s School is well known for the strength of the Art Department. The students consistently achieve excellent exam results at GCSE and A level and the outstanding displays of work around the School inspire visitors and students. The Sixth Form students can study Textiles, Fine Art and Photography A Levels and many students go on to study Art, Film, Textiles, Graphic Design or Architecture at University or use their UCAS points for entry into other courses such as Engineering, English, etc.

There are two studios dedicated to the Sixth Form giving each student an individual space which they can use in study periods. There are two junior art rooms in which an inspiring still life is built every year. The photography room has 16 computers with Adobe Photoshop and a laser printer. There is also a wet-process dark room and a Textiles studio.

The department is led by Mr Alan Richardson, also a chief examiner for Edexcel with the other staff members: Miss Rachel Haywood, Mrs Fiona Richardson, Miss Catherine Fraser and the technician, Mr Zack Thorne.

Music

Music is a central part of the curriculum at St Edward’s.

We aim to stimulate pupil curiosity, confidence, interest and enjoyment in all aspects of Music. The Music Department has well-equipped classrooms, practice rooms and a Performance Hall.

Music is part of the curriculum for Years 7 to 9. We put a strong emphasis on composition, with pupils working in small groups as well as in whole class lessons. Music is a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11 (where we follow the Cambridge IGCSE course) and an A Level option in the Sixth Form.

The IGCSE is a very exciting music course; it is a very prestigious and well respected qualification, but also wide-ranging, stimulating and fun. Practical skills are developed through the performing and composing papers. Fluent music reading skills and a good theoretical knowledge are required for the listening paper, in particular for the study of the set works. The course is an excellent preparation for A Level, but will also suit committed musicians who do not envisage studying music beyond Year 11.

The A Level course is very demanding, requiring the development of research, analytical, aural and compositional skills as well as compiling and delivering a short recital. Students completing this course have often gone on to one of the music conservatoires or to university to continue their music studies.

Sixth Form

Fine Art

We follow the Edexcel Specification

  • UNIT 1: Coursework: AS / 60%
  • UNIT 2: Externally set assignment: AS / 40%
  • UNIT 3: Individually directed course A2/ 60%
  • UNIT 4: Examination: A2 / 40%

Course aims:

The course aims to develop technical, observational and creative skills using a variety of media. These are enhanced by looking at different artists and their ways of working. |Individual strengths are encouraged in each student, helping them to develop their own ideas in order to make personal responses to a theme. Each student will have time to develop their control over the formal elements and acquire a good understanding of aesthetics. They will be taught how to think laterally, which will give them skills for future careers and expand their cognitive abilities. The aim is to provide students with the necessary tools to enable them to fulfill their creative intent.

Entry requirements:

GCSE Art and Design or and equivalent qualification in art.

Key features:

  • UNIT 1: Coursework unit based on student’s development of a theme. Explores many different mediums and techniques offering considerable freedom in their personal responses. Where applicable, the formal elements of drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking will be addressed.
  • UNIT 2: Externally set assignment: 8 week course. Exploration of a given theme using skills acquired in Unit 1. Culminates in an 8 hour practical exam.
  • UNIT 3: Individually directed course following personal ideas and areas of interest. Expands fine art skills and techniques. Incorporates a dissertation that interrelates with the practical work.
  • UNIT 4: Examination: 8 week course. Exploration of an externally set theme using skills acquired in throughout Units 1, 2 and 3. Culminates in a 12 hour practical exam.

Higher Education:

Fine Art, Animation, Illustration, Fashion, Creative Arts, Journalism, Theatre Design, Shop Design, Graphic Design, Media Studies, Film and Photography. Combined with other subjects it can be used for entry to a wide range of degree qualifications not necessarily related to Art and Design.

Art Photography

We follow the Edexcel specification.

  • Unit 1 AS: 60% Themed project
  • Unit 2 AS: Examination 8 hours
  • Unit 3 A2: 60% Individually directed course
  • Unit 4 A2: Examination 12 hours

Course aims:

The course aims to develop technical, observational and creative skills using photography. These are enhanced by looking at different artists and ways of working. Individual strengths are encouraged in each student, helping them to develop their own ideas in order to make personal responses to a theme.

Every student will learn how to take professional photographs and then present these in a way that reinforces their expressive intent. They will be taught how to use a variety of IT software, which will give them skills for future careers and expand their cognitive abilities. The aim is to enlighten students and help them understand how important photography is in a media based world and how it affects every individual.

Entry requirements:

Visual awareness. An interest in Film, Photography and Media based careers. Enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge.

Key features:

  • UNIT 1: Introduction to Digital and SLR Photography, Adobe Photoshop, the darkroom process, animation and film editing. Culminates in a theme based personal project.
  • UNIT 2: Exploration of an externally set theme using skills acquired in Unit 1.
  • UNIT 3: Individually directed course following own ideas and area of expertise. Expands photography skills and techniques. Incorporates a dissertation that interrelates with the practical work.
  • UNIT 4: Exploration of an externally set theme using skills acquired in throughout Units 1, 2 and 3.

Higher Education:

Graphic Design, Media Studies, Film and Photography, Fine Art, Animation, Illustration, Fashion, Creative Arts, Journalism, Theatre Design, Shop Design, Education. Combined with other subjects it can be used for entry to a wide range of degree qualifications not necessarily related to Art and Design.

Textile Design

We follow the Edexcel specification

  • UNIT 1: Coursework Project: 60% of AS
  • UNIT 2: Externally Set Assignment: 40% of AS
  • UNIT 3: Coursework Project: 30% of A2
  • UNIT 4: Externally Set Assignment: 20% of A2

Course aims:

To develop an understanding of fibre based materials using them in an informed and expressive way. Outcomes may take many different forms from practical wearable fashions to fine art prints and wallhangings. Introduction to a wide variety of techniques exploring constructed, dyed and printed textiles and an ability to generate and develop your own ideas from a given theme or design brief.

Entry requirements:

No specific requirements but an interest in Art and Design issues and empathy for fabrics and fashion.

Key features:

  • Provides an ideal foundation for the study of Art related courses in further education, higher education and for employment.
  • Enables students to acquire a portfolio of work to apply for the BTEC Foundation Art course or direct entry to BA Honours degree
  • Develops students’ core art skills and enables them to experiment in a variety of exciting methods and techniques.

Higher Education:

Fashion Design – Fine Art or D&T can also contribute to this chosen career path. Fashion Journalism – exciting culmination of Textiles with English or Photography. Fashion Marketing/Buying – a rewarding route incorporating Business Studies. Textiles Technology (product development & testing) – Chemistry and D&T with Textiles. Education – a greatly satisfying career in teaching this challenging practical subject.

Music

Music (Edexcel)

  • COMPONENT 1: Performing: 40% of A Level
  • COMPONENT 2: Composing: 30% of A Level
  • COMPONENT 3: Performing: 30% of A Level

Course aims:

Advanced GCE Music aims to enable students to experience a wide range of musical skills including performing, composing and analysing, as well as developing an understanding of the historical and contextual uses of music.

Entry requirements:

Students should be able to perform at a standard roughly equivalent to a pass at Grade 5 and have achieved or be working towards Grade 5 theory. A GCSE Music grade A*- B is advised.

Key features:

  • Extends the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and take part in music making.
  • Extends the appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development.
  • Develops particular strengths and interests encouraging life-long learning and providing access to music-related and other careers.
  • Enables students to recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising.

Higher Education:

There are many varied degree courses available with Music as a single subject or in combination with others. Career opportunities include: performing arts, teaching, playing opportunities in the Armed Services, composing, music journalism, librarianship and publishing, musical instrument manufacture, maintenance and repair, sales, music administration, careers in television, radio and the popular music industry.