Overview of Key Stage 4 Curriculum
In Year IV, class work concentrates on the development of practical skills where outcomes are presented as individual and include making projects, learning construction skills and becoming familiar with decorative techniques. During the year, girls will visit the Gallery of Costume and a clothing factory to learn industrial processes. Halfway through the year, the focus switches to the Controlled Assessment which is worth 60% of the final grade. This continues through to Christmas of Year V and girls produce a textile item of their own design, from a choice of design tasks provided by the exam board. This is accompanied by documentation explaining their design and production processes, including the use of smart fabrics, designing for sustainability and mass production. Revision and preparation for the written paper occupies much of the last term of lessons and includes a pre-prepared design task.
What makes the department unique from those at other schools?
The girls work within an environment that is tailored as much as possible to suit their personal development in Art and Design. Our studios are open until 22:00 each night for girls in the examination groups to take advantage of the excellent facilities. The staff aim to keep up to date with new ways of working and new technologies and there is an excellent library resource and computer suite to enhance each individual’s learning. Encouragement and support is offered at all times to those require it. Working independently on practical projects helps the students express their individuality.