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Welcome to the Creative Design Department
The aim of the department is to inspire and maintain student interest, curiosity and enjoyment in art lessons.
We inspire pupils to become confident in producing art, craft and design and our schemes of work are developed to take into account their interests, abilities and learning styles. The excitement and energy of the department is extremely popular with the pupils and many spend their free time developing their skills within this specialised environment.
At present we have the facilities to work in a variety of media, including painting, mixed media, 3-dimensional work and printing. We also have a kiln, where students can produce ceramic work. We have recently made investment into iPads for the department and are also currently developing our provision of ICT further within the department with plans for Apple Mac computers. The display of students’ work is very important to us. We hold an annual art show, as well as displaying work around the school.
The staff are committed to making the pupils experience of art and design a safe, happy and stimulating one. We currently have 2 teachers working in the department, each has their own specialism to share with the pupils. The department runs a number of Lunchtime Clubs in order to extend and support learning.
Mr R Bennett – Head of Department
Miss K Vaughan – Teacher of Art
Miss J Lane – Teacher of Design Technology
Every student possesses a sketchbook that records all their observations, experimentation and final designs. All students are encouraged to take pride in their work and become confident using a variety of media. In Key Stage 3 all students follow a structured scheme of work that provides ‘basic building block skills’ as well as opportunities to creatively interpret set briefs. At GCSE students are encouraged to develop higher quality skills and critically analyse their and artist’s work to understand more fully the context of their work.
Art and Design at Llandrindod High School is a popular and exciting subject.
GCSE Art and Design examination board: WJEC (www.wjec.co.uk)
The GCSE Art and Design course covers a wide range of skills and experiences that enables pupils to develop original ideas through to finished products, following an organised methodology and approach. The course develops the individual’s judgement and ability. Within the course, pupils are encouraged to incorporate studies of work by other Artists, Craft workers and Designers. There is an opportunity for pupils to develop their skills within the following fields:
- Drawing and Painting
- 3D Design
The GCSE Art and Design consists of TWO parts:
- Assessment 1: CANDIDATE PORTFOLIO (60%)
- Assessment 2: EXTERNALLY SET TASK (40%)
The PORTFOLIO unit is internally set by the department and developed from personal starting points. The PORTFOLIO motivates the personal interest of each pupil and at the same time appropriately relate to worthwhile educational experiences. Sketchbooks are used extensively and become a stimulating resource for subsequent work.
The course is designed to encompass four principal areas. These areas are incorporated into the four assessment objective headings:
- Contextual understanding
- Creative making
- Reflective recording
- Personal presentation
The Externally Set Task is the remainder 40% of the course and is characterised by visual and written triggers in an examination paper. Pupils receive a preparation period of 6/8 weeks in which to explore and develop ideas for a final outcome to be produced during a two day examination.
AS & A Level
At the beginning of both the AS and A2 students will take part in a variety of teacher lead workshops. We encourage experimentation in a wide range of media and processes before students independently develop the project in a more personal direction through to various outcomes. Students will produce one coursework unit and one exam unit. The exam theme is set by the exam board and pupils will be given a number of weeks to prepare before completing a controlled exam.
During the AS and A2 students will explore a wide range of artists, crafts people and designers and visit galleries/ exhibitions to keep abreast of the latest developments in Art.
Students have ownership over their work and can really follow through concept, issues, interests and ideas that are relevant and important to them
The Welsh medium stream at Brecon High School is to close, Powys council's cabinet has decided.
It wants Welsh medium education to be centralised at Builth Wells High School instead but the plan has been strongly opposed by parents worried that pupils face a 40-mile (64km) round trip.
The council said pupil numbers had decreased to such a low level that the Welsh medium stream was not viable.
A total of 19 children are currently educated in the Welsh medium stream.
That is down from 67 in 2010-11.
The cabinet voted 5-2 in favour of the recommendation.
But the decision has been met with strong opposition from Brecon High parents and supporters of Welsh medium education.
Sian Drinan, whose son Berwyn is a pupil at the school, said expecting children to travel 20 miles (32km) each way to access Welsh medium education was "unacceptable".
Lisa Jones, whose three children have gone through the Welsh stream, said it was a very sad day.
"Until very recently children have been getting eight GCSEs through the medium of Welsh and I know of five pupils who have gone to Oxford, including my daughter," she said.
Rhian Young added: "The number of children who are going to leave the Welsh language, it's such a great shame, when it was starting to be a big thing here in Brecon."
But Councillor Arwel Jones, cabinet member for education, said increasing the provision for the Welsh language at Builth Wells would attract more pupils.
"If the quality of education is there, pupils will travel," he said.
ANALYSIS from Colette Hume, BBC Wales education correspondent
This is a mirror image of what we have seen recently at Llangennech in Carmarthenshire, where there is a campaign centred around closing the English medium stream and making the school entirely taught through the medium of Welsh.
In both cases there are strong protest groups keen to make their voices heard.
In January, Carmarthenshire county council voted in favour of making Ysgol Llangennech Welsh medium from September, removing the English stream. A bitter debate took place at County Hall with 38 councillors voting in favour of the plan and 20 against.
Carmarthenshire council says it wants to extend Welsh medium provision in schools partly in response to census figures which show a fall in the number of Welsh speakers in the county.
Parents in Brecon had vowed to continue their fight for Welsh medium secondary education in Brecon even if the cabinet vote went against them.
They warn the future of Welsh in the town could be under threat if children there are not able to continue learning in Welsh at secondary level locally.
They say they have been fighting for two years and are prepared to take their battle for what they say is their right to the courts.
The parents have not ruled out standing in the forthcoming council elections on the single issue of the Welsh-medium steam issue.
This is a battle set to continue.