Enabling young people to be creative, expressive and reflective whilst exploring life through Art

Art is an important subject at Reach because it promotes the following characteristics:

  • 1. Creativity.
  • 2. Improved Academic Performance. The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity—the skills they learn because of them spill over into academic achievement.
  • 3. Confidence. While mastering a subject certainly builds a student’s confidence, there is something special about participating in the arts. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.
  • 4. Decision Making. The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • 5. Perseverance.
  • 6. Focus. As you persevere through painting or singing or modelling a piece of clay, focus is imperative. Focus is vital for studying and learning in class as well as doing a job later in life.

In years 10 and 11 we follow Edexcel GCSE Art and Design.  The two components we study for are:

  1. Coursework (60%)
  2. Externally set assignment under examination conditions (40%)

The students study a wide range of themes, mediums and artists in order to maximise their learning and skill development.


Art allows young people to be experimental, creative and independent