Within the Bablake School Art Department we encourage pupils to think inventively, in order to develop visual images and form critical judgements. The department aims to focus upon the individual, encouraging each pupil to gain confidence in their abilities and learn that there are many approaches to Art and Design rather than one right way. We encourage a broad approach to developing an appreciation and understanding of contemporary and historical artistic achievements across a range of cultures and contexts. The results of this approach can be seen around the school in the vibrancy and variety of outcomes. The department believes in creating as many opportunities as possible to foster the visual awareness of pupils and to stretch the abilities of those pupils with an interest or aptitude for the subject.
In our Design Technology department pupils are encouraged through the project management experience using design skills across a wide range of materials. This well-established department has a strong emphasis on encouraging pupils to produce quality work through a range of projects working in wood, metal, plastics and electronics. Students tackle several design and manufacture projects, each resulting in an artefact to be taken home. There is a considerable input through ICT skills in producing project reports and all pupils experience CNC manufacturing. At examination level pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and produce diverse ideas after experiencing industrial visits and wide-ranging research. Personal management skills are developed at all stages to try and foster an environment of promoting individual talents and potential.