Arrow Vale Academy
Arrow Vale Academy is an inclusive School where everyone works together to be the very best they can be. As one of the RSA Family of Academies, our community benefits from the support and resources of the RSA, providing Students with innovative learning and life-enhancing opportunities.
The aim of RSA Academies is to develop a mutually supportive family of Schools which use innovative practice to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children.
The results Arrow Vale Academy Students achieve are at an all-time high. Results in 2012 were quite outstanding. Students achieving GCSE 5A*-C including English and Maths has doubled in the last 3 years, and Student progress in 2012 is in the top 5% of Schools nationally. Our post-16 Students recorded the second best average point score making them one of the best performing Sixth Forms in Worcestershire in 2012. We expect to see a significant rise in our results yet again this year as we continue our journey to securing outstanding quality in every aspect of our School provision.
We believe that the Arrow Vale Academy Art Department is an open minded, forward thinking and success driven unit that consistently strives to ensure all teachers and pupils have a safe learning environment that promotes independence and achievement.
Arrow Vale Arts
The project idea of Arrow Vale Arts was commissioned by the Principal, Guy Shears, after initial discussions with Centre Stage Digital, the Art Department, and the Business Manager.
Mr Shears had been considering his students exceptional artwork, and felt that students work should not be kept behind Arrow Vale Academy’s four walls.
The brief was to develop an eCommerce website to sell unique student artwork, whilst at the same time showcasing the excellence and artistic flair of Arrow Vale Academy students to a local and national audience.
The site, ‘Arrow Vale Arts’, was launched in October, 2013, and Arrow Vale students will benefit in a number of ways.
Students’ eyes are opened to the possibility of creating work that is admired and coveted by the public in the future. Glossy prints of student artwork have been made available to buy to the local community, and Arrow Vale plans to expand the project by showcasing other student work in the future. The Academy has noticeably underpinned learning and created interest in the creative arts by using student artwork as a focal point.
Students have begun to post links online to their work amongst their peers, and regularly talk about how their work was achieved, sharing new ideas and techniques. Visitors to the website can also post comments directly on student work.
The Website is the first of its nature in Worcestershire, and one of only 2 such sites nationally. A similar project at RSA Whitley Academy, Coventry, has raised £800 for students and the Art Faculty since March.
“Staff, students, and parents, are really proud of the original and inspiring student work. It is great to be able to share it!” Lorraine Allen, Principal.
Monies raised from Arrow Vale Arts and purchase of student art will help support the arts, the students, and their learning.