We have achieved Artsmark Gold for the last 12 years, and this is a reflection of the value placed on the Arts at Northfield School for Girls, the quality of arts provision across school including the arts enrichment opportunities available to all.
The Expressive Arts Faculty comprises the subjects Art & Design, Music, Drama and PE & Dance. All students study these subjects at KS3: three hours a fortnight for Art & Design, two a fortnight for Music and three a fortnight for PE, which includes specific projects on Dance. Drama is delivered at KS3 by the English department as a part of their curriculum, and students undertake projects in which they are assessed using Drama specific aims and objectives.
At Key Stage 4, students currently have the opportunity to opt for one or more of the following courses:
- GCSE Fine Art (OCR)
- GCSE Applied Art (OCR)
- Entry Level Certificate in Art & Design
- GCSE Music (OCR)
- GCSE PE
- GCSE Dance
- BTEC Sport (Edexcel)
- BTEC Dance (Edexcel)
- GCSE Drama (Edexcel)
The departments within the Expressive Arts Faculty collaborate throughout the year to support the enrichment of student learning and experiences. In year 7 students begin working towards Bronze Arts Award, a nationally recognised and valued qualification, in the very first week. They work in Dance and Art as part of a Brazilian Carnival Day, and visit the New Art Gallery in Walsall as part of a ‘What is Art’ transition project. Further activities are supported by Music and Drama in the autumn and spring terms. From 2015 we will also be offering Silver Arts Award to girls in years 9 and 10. Our year 8 students participate in Expressive Arts Day each May, and have the opportunity to work with outside practitioners to develop their skills and understanding. Typical activities have been Bhangra drumming, Mehndi, Street Dance and theatre mask workshops.
The faculty also collaborates with the English department every year for Diversity Day. In 2015, girls worked in forms to analyse a poem with the English department on the theme of diversity. In groups they then worked in one of the disciplines of art, music, dance or drama to create a response to their poem to be shared with their peers. The wire quilt in the image above was created by one year 8 form working in the art department.
The Faculty puts on a range of performances throughout the year, including a Christmas Concert, a Dance production and a Summer Arts Evening, providing valuable opportunities for our musicians, dancers, actors and artists to perform and display and celebrate the best of their achievements from the year. This year pupils from Turves Green Primary School also joined in with their own dance performance.