Art, Textiles and Photography
Art, Design & Photography are a vibrant part of school life at Northease Manor school. The Visual Arts Department provides a caring and supportive environment in which each student can feel confident to develop their personal ideas, creativity and skills in a broad range of media and disciplines. The emphasis is on inspiring our students and unlocking their potential so they can create unique and personal work.
Art and Photography are taught as separate subjects from Year 5 to GCSE level, in specialist rooms equipped with Apple Mac Computers, a kiln and other specialist equipment. The students work in a variety of media, experiencing traditional skills with more contemporary digital manipulation.
At GCSE students can choose between three separate GCSEs - Art & Design, Photography & Moving Image and Textiles. Students have consistently achieved the highest grades and produce top quality work. Results in both subjects are above national averages with students achieving 100% A*-C.
Students have also achieved highly in the wider community such as, The Independent School`s competition, First and the Rotary Club`s ‘Young Photographer of the Year Competition’
Students visit galleries, locally, and in London, to broaden their appreciation of a wide range of Visual Arts and to give them different cultural experiences.
Many students secure a place at Art College and this is a testament to the Department’s ability to work beyond the qualification.
Design and Technology
Everybody is creative regardless of ability and Design & Technology at Northease Manor encourages students to think creatively and solve problems independently and as members of a team.
Course material is specifically aimed to encourage students to be able to generate design proposals with imagination and originality considering aspects such as mechanical principles, electronics, structures and forces, Computer Aided Design, packaging and commercial viability. They will design and make products using a range of resistant materials and techniques whilst developing analytical thinking, graphic communication and fine motor skills, and cover engaging topics such as ballistics, flight, propulsion and 3D printing.
At Key Stage 4 students will develop their design and making skills through a series of focused practical tasks, gaining knowledge and understanding of the design process, joinery techniques, surface decoration and finishing. They will then research and develop a design proposal to be planned, manufactured, tested and evaluated by them, using the skills they have learned.
Drama at Northease
Drama at Northease Manor School is a creative and cross-curricular subject, in which students gain the opportunity to develop the co-operative and evaluative skills involved in performance and gain the opportunity to put them into practice during school productions and show case events.
Drama students indulge in a diverse Drama GCSE programme, hosted by the EDEXCEL exam board. Students complete three units of study that develop their understanding of explorative strategies, knowledge of play scripts and their ability to consider theoretically the effectiveness of the core drama skills in use, both in their own and others' work. Students study the works of a variety of playwrights including Caryl Churchill and Shakespeare as well as the work of Antonin Artaud and Bertold Brecht.
Every year group has the opportunity to go on a theatre trip each year as well as having the opportunity to take part in workshops. Year 9 students went to the Cornerstone theatre in Brighton to see ‘West Side Story' and all students had the opportunity to take part in a Stage Building and Lighting workshop, enabling them to benefit from experiencing theatre outside of the classroom and the different roles involved in theatre production. Recently, whole school performances have included Bugsy Malone and ‘Follow that Star’ themed showcase (Summer 2015).
Dance at Northease Manor is an exciting and creative subject, in which pupils gain the opportunity to develop compositional, performance and appreciation skills. Year 5, 6 and 7 pupils have one lesson per week dedicated to the subject where they both gain a knowledge and learn to apply a range of choreographic devices. Pupils are introduced to a number of different dance styles including Street Dance, ‘Tutting’ and more contemporary styles. Year 8 and 9 pupils are also able to develop their Dance skills this is however accessed through set blocks within Physical Education lessons. Year 9 pupils are also provided with the chance to experience GCSE level Dance, as a taster before choosing the subject as an option in year 10.
GCSE Dance students have the opportunity to progressively develop personal Dance skills facilitated by the WJEC exam board. This allows pupils to reflect on their current level of composition and performance and create targeted action plans to develop these throughout the two-year course. They will use a range of different concepts as stimuli for Dance performance as well as experiment with the use of props. Pupils will also develop an understanding of professional Dance works; this will be achieved through exciting visits to the theatre as well as action research. Pupils will culminate their programme by preparing and performing in a themed showcase; Dance students are involved in all aspects of the showcase from deciding on the theme to use, to checking the safety of the venue.
All pupils at Northease have the opportunity to display their dance skills in a number of shows hosted throughout the year including a Christmas Show. All pupils are both expected and encouraged to participate in Dance regardless of gender; we work hard at Northease to provide both boys and girls with aspirational roles models to enable them to see that Dance is a subject for all.