According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), the arts and culture industry contributes £10.8 billion a year to the UK economy, so it is an important and viable career pathway, as well as an exciting one. More importantly, creative arts are really helpful for boosting wellbeing, with students telling us they feel calm and happy when they are engaged in creative activities.
This year we have introduced the Arts Award as part of our Core Curriculum for KS4 students. The students have really embraced this creative opportunity, producing huge amounts of work, from drawing and painting to 3D models and print-making. It is great to see lots of student work on the walls around the college and we are looking forward to showcasing what students have achieved at the end of the year.
As well as KS4, we also have a student in KS5 who has chosen to take advantage of our newly equiped art room to complete an Arts Award in her own time. She has dreams of becoming an interrior designer and has already contributed to college life by getting involved with Student Voice to give feedback and ideas for redecorating and maintaining the common room. Part of the Arts Award, also includes engaging with arts and culture in the city. In September our budding designer visited the London Design Fair to see the work of thousands of designers from around the world. These are just two examples of work that we found inspiring!