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The Palmer Catholic Academy

Creative Arts, Food Technology & Catering

Lead Teachers
Ms A Wren - Art
Mrs S Tumoe - Food Technology & Catering

Ms E-R Bourne - Art
Ms A Enver-Yusuf - Drama
Mr M Rouse - Technical support
Mrs J Pimm - Technical support
Mrs A Kudhail - Technical support

We believe that the Creative Arts (art, photography and ceramics) and Food Technology 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 such as ceramics, analogue and digital photography, printmaking and mixed media projects. In KS3 students will experience a range of skills and develop an understanding with 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 the Creative Arts and Food Technology on society and expect them to achieve by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specifically learned in the specialist subjects.

We enable students to enjoy their learning in the Creative Arts and Food Technology 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 Creative Art and Food Technology;
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling and creative lives.

The facilities and expertise in the area enable these aims and values to be explored through Art and Design, Food Preparation and nutrition. 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.  We recently collaborated with Science creating a ceramic poppy installation as a whole school initiative that commemorated the 100 year remembrance for the end of World War One.

We also provide extra-curricular activities such as trips to galleries and museums, Art exhibitions with the academy and borough to showcase students' work.

Resources and facilities

The faculty is situated in the Design Centre at the centre of the academy. Within the block we have three Art and Design rooms, one with a kiln for the ceramics classes.  One is designed for Sixth Form so they have a creative space to come and work in their free periods.  We have a printing press and a fully equipped Dark Room for black and white film photography processing.  We also have a large computer area for developing digital photography skills.  In addition to this we have a laser cutter and a range of other CAD/CAM facilities.  Within the block, we also have a fully equipped food room.