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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Art and Photography and Catering

Lead Teachers
Ms E Pountney - Art and Photography
Mrs S Tumoe - Catering

Ms A Wren, Art
Mr M Rouse-Technical support
Mrs J Pimms-Technical support
Mrs A Kudhail-Technical support

We believe that art, photography and catering are subjects that can help us to understand and give meaning to the world we live in.  Through our curriculum we aim to provide students with an experience that is exciting and ensure that our students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking.

We support our students to aspire through their learning experiences to standards of excellence intellectually, practically, and aesthetically. Each student experiences a variety of media and techniques. In KS3 students will develop their skills and understanding with progressive complexity and sophistication, so that they are able to make informed choices and work with increasing independence into Key Stages 4 and 5.

We support students in learning to co-operate and negotiate and be able to share good practice and learn from others. We develop students’ awareness of the impact of art, photography and catering on society and expect them to achieve by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specific to art, photography and catering to produce effective and considered prototype products and artworks.

We enable students to enjoy their learning in art, photography and catering and to gain transferable skills that will help them in other curriculum areas and in life. We aim to enable our students to become:

  • successful independent learners who enjoy learning, understand how to make progress and achieve to their potential;
  • confident self-managers and team-workers, who are willing to take risks and keep an open-mind about new ideas and techniques;
  • responsible citizens aware of the role they play in society and the importance of art, photography and catering  in contributing to society;
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

The facilities and expertise in the area enable these aims and values to be explored through Art and Design, Food Preparation and nutrition and Design and Technology. Our curriculum is designed to lead to excellence at every level, providing our students with a strong foundation from which to excel in further art, design and STEM related studies.

Resources and facilities

The faculty is situated in the Design Centre at the centre of the academy. Within the block we have a large workshop area for multi-media work, a CAD/CAM centre, Art and Design room and a food room.  In addition to this we have a laser cutter and a range of other CAD/CAM facilities. We use a range of ICT software to develop CAD work in projects.