Sixth Form
Head's Welcome
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Sandbach School specialises in educating boys.  Every aspect of school life is geared to create the right environment for boys to thrive. Statistically evidence from the UK and around the world demonstrates that boys achieve higher results and make better progress in single sex schools.  We make no apology for focusing upon academic achievement and setting aspirational targets for our young men.  But we balance this with a co-curricular programme of out of class activities which teaches our boys the need for hard work and effort before tasting success.  Results academically are impressive: last year 84% achieved a C or above in Maths, 78% an English qualification and 72% gained 5A*-C grades including English and Maths.  All students left with qualifications which supported their chosen pathway – many returning to our Sixth Form but others gaining prestigious apprenticeships.

In other areas our boys have also excelled.  Our aim is always to support them whatever their talent and passion and so the range of opportunity is truly expansive.  We have had elite runners taking part by invitation in the London Mini Marathon. Students who have successfully made the national finals in table tennis and cross country. We are U16 county hockey champions and U14 runners-up. U13 Cheshire football champions  and Cheshire County finalists in two other age groups. One of our students made the final of the percussion BBC Young Musician of the Year with another winning the best instrumental soloist at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. These are just a few of the successes from last year!

I hope that the website gives you a flavour of our ethos and values. If you would like to know more we warmly welcome you to visit us.

Mrs Sarah Burns

 

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Art & Design

Transition and Induction Phase (Year 7 & 8) 

Program of study

Students receive 1 lesson of Art & Design per week. Students will begin the course by undertaking a baseline test which assesses making, knowledge, investigating and evaluation. The Program of study for the rest of the stage is based upon developing understanding around use of the formal elements though different activities including digital design.

 

Assessment & Homework

Students will be assessed through appropriate formative and summative assessments throughout each project. A variety of homework tasks will be set and published on ‘show my homework’.   Typically a homework will involve completing classwork. There will be one substantial homework project set per term.

 

Year 7

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

Students complete the baseline test then learn about colour theory and typography.

Autumn 2

Students begin a drawing project looking at recording in different ways and for different purposes.

Spring 1

Students investigate narrative through the images they have made and will develop mixed media outcomes

Spring 2

Students are introduced to the work of various artists and asked to make connections with their own work. Focus on practical and written analysis

Summer 1

In groups, students continue developing the drawing / narrative work and begin planning their final outcomes.

Summer 2

Students complete final outcomes and review and peer assess their work.

 

Year 8

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

Students complete the baseline test encapsulating key skills of typography, collage and drawing, refreshing learning from Year 7.

 

Autumn 2

Students begin a research project, using the work of Artist Fabric Lenny to gain a more detailed understanding of the term analysis and how what this looks like in a subject specific context.

 

Spring 1

The computer game Machinarium is used as a stimulus to develop a collection of drawings using different techniques. Pupils will explore the formal elements of drawing and develop a more sophisticated subject specific vocabulary.

 

Spring 2

Pupils will work in groups to produce a 3D computer game scene. Collaboration is essential as each individual will have a design task that forms an essential piece of the scene.

 

Summer 1

Students are introduced to photography processes and digital manipulation. They will use Photoshop to produce the packaging for their computer game.

 

Summer 2

Pupils investigate the notion of composition, using characters, logos, typography etc from current and retro computer games. Hand drawn or digital (if rooming allows) processes such as stencilling, collage, typography, digital manipulation will be used to create a layered piece informed from the years learning and setting the foundations for good practice at GCSE.

 

 

GCSE Art & Design information can be found HERE. 

GCSE Graphic Design information can be found HERE.

A Level Art Craft & Design information can be found HERE.

A Level Art & Design Graphic Communication information can be found HERE.