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Arts College Mission Statement

Sir Jonathan North Community College will be the centre of excellence in the visual arts and ICT in Leicester with a curriculum reflecting the importance of creativity, technological skills and inter-cultural awareness. College facilities will be used extensively by partner primary, secondary and post-16 institutions as well as the local community, developing virtual and geographical links which support gifted and talented individuals, promote social inclusion and inter-cultural harmony, increase the range of provision and raise standards in the visual arts and ICT.

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Arts College Aims

To provide a relevant and contemporary curriculum with technological, vocational and inter-cultural dimensions that meets the needs of all students.

To achieve local and wider recognition as a centre of excellence for education in the visual arts and ICT through attainment of high standards and the development of a distinctive arts provision throughout the College, within and beyond the current teaching day and year.

To exploit the potential of ICT to improve teaching and learning within 2D, 3D, photography and new art forms.

To raise standards of literacy and numeracy through the visual arts and ICT.

To establish a centre of excellence in the visual and digital arts for the benefit of the family of schools, local small businesses and the wider community.

To raise standards in the visual and digital arts within the family of schools.

To contribute to Leicester’s Arts provision for gifted and talented students.

To provide seamless progression in visual and digital arts vocational education between KS4 and KS5 in order to improve staying-on rates at post-16 and levels of participation in arts related courses.

To promote social inclusion and Lifelong Learning.

To establish a programme of community education in arts to promote cultural diversity and inter-cultural understanding through the use of technology.

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Arts Summer School at SJNCC

We began the summer school in 2002 and this is an Arts College initiative. Funding was also given by EIC (Excellence in Cities) Gifted and Talented Programme and UFA (University of the First Age). The summer school continues to develop, and the high standard and variety of work produced continues to impress staff, parents and other students alike.

The Aims of Summer School are:

  • To provide students with an extended experience of the arts, which is not always covered at school.
  • To work with professional artists and gain insight to the Industry
  • To help them develop or further their skills or interest within the arts
  • To foster and inspire the next generation of artists

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Gifted and Talented

The Art department offers a range of extension activities throughout KS3 and KS4 to girls with exceptional ability and interest in Art.
These are run at lunchtimes, after school and during curriculum time for example Art trips in Year 7, 8
and 9.

Recently there have been visits which included the New Walk Museum Gallery in Leicester, Birmingham Art Gallery and the Tate in Liverpool.There was an Art residential trip that ran in Year 11 for 5 days to enable students to develop skills and look at the work of Artists over a more concentrated time period.

We have after school clubs for film-making and animation and a GCSE photography group. These activities are run by a mixture of staff at the college and visiting Artists. This allows the girls to experience a wide variety of different forms of Art making.
All girls who show both ability and interest in the subject are tracked throughout their time at the college so as to encourage them to develop their talents whilst at Sir Jonathan North.

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