Art and Design
Subject Leader: Emma Fairhurst
Link Governor: Saskia Watkin
At Clapham art plays an integral part of our thematic approach to teaching and we wholeheartedly agree with Albert Einstein who said, “Every child is an artist.” As a school we believe all aspects of creative learning play a crucial role in our community’s wellbeing and support the children’s cultural, social, aesthetic and physical development.
To this end we have been awarded Artsmark Platinum for making the arts come alive in our school. This is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. We are extremely proud to be one of the few one form entry primary schools in the country to be awarded this level which recognises our commitment to providing the children with quality arts based experiences far beyond those based at school.
Clapham’s child led Arts Committee, in collaboration with our external partners, are currently planning for our second community based arts festival to be held in a local park in July 2019. The first festival saw over 3000 visitors from all over the country and is currently the only arts based festival of its kind in the country!
From Nursery to Year 6, our children are given opportunities to work alongside professional artists in our dedicated creative area, ‘The Mess’, which stands for make, explore, solve and sketch, visit art galleries and places of local interest developing their skills and understanding of the process involved in producing creative outcomes.
“Staff, parents and pupils are rightly proud of Clapham Terrace. Corridors and classrooms are adorned with pupils’ artwork and learning. The school ‘Mess’ (a classroom purpose built for supporting learning in the wider curriculum) is very appealing and houses some exceptional art and design work…. Pupils enjoy a very rich curriculum.” – Ofsted 2018