Springwell Leeds Academy

The Arts

Welcome to the Arts at Springwell.

We are very lucky to have access to some fantastic facilities and equipment, along with a team of experienced, specialist teachers to engage and release the creative streak in all our students.
In our Primary pods the Arts are delivered as an integral part of the curriculum with input and support from the specialists based on each of our sites as well as other Arts organisations. We have also benefitted from working with outside organisations such as DJ School UK, Chapel FM, Leeds Music Education Partnership and Burley Banksy to ensure students have the opportunity to observe and take part in high quality learning based around the Arts.
In 2020 we were awarded Artsmark Silver status, a national award given to schools that provide an Arts offer that goes well beyond expectations. We were delighted to receive the feedback below from Artsmark:
‘Springwell Leeds Academy is to be commended for its commitment to developing artistic and cultural experiences for pupils. You have provided a range of performance and exhibition opportunities for pupils to celebrate their work, which has helped raise the profile of the Arts across the schools and wider community.’
Further to this the Academy has also been named as a ‘Champion centre’ for Trinity College, London in recognition of our impressive delivery of the Arts Award qualifications. This status is awarded to around 100 schools and community organisations nationally.

At secondary level the Arts subjects look like this:


During KS3 in Music, children will experience performing, composing and listening. They will also learn how to review and evaluate their own work. Pupils will have the opportunity to play various instruments such as keyboard, guitar, drums and ukulele and opportunities are also offered for students to sing. They will delve into various genres and cultures including Rock ‘n Roll, Blues, Pop, TV and Film, Reggae and Dance Music. Children will have the opportunity to learn how to read different forms of notation. The school is well equipped in terms of instruments and music technology and all children are able to share and record their own and others’ music. The schemes of work taught are varied and very flexible, tailored to the needs of the individual. Emphasis is placed on the build-up of skills and the importance of making mistakes in order to make progress. Students are given the opportunity to gain Arts Award qualifications, these range from Discover and Explore in younger years through to Bronze and Silver award for older students. Music lessons are planned to cater for the variety of needs that our students have and aim to build confidence as well as foster positive relationships. We offer individual instrumental tuition for a wide variety of musical instruments and regular concerts are held in school to showcase
children’s hard work and achievements.

Design Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs. Students follow National Curriculum programmes of study at KS2/KS3 and attend at least one lesson per week. Students take part in a variety of projects which supports them to develop skills in Resistant materials, Graphics, Crafts and Textiles. KS4 students follow bespoke qualification pathways, these include AQA Unit Awards, Arts
Award Bronze, Level 2 Engineering, AQA GCSE Design and Technology and Photography.  Students develop their knowledge and understanding of how to research, design, plan, make and evaluate. They generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and computer-aided design. Our aim is for learners to improve their confidence and competency in a range of practical skills and techniques by selecting the appropriate tools, equipment and machinery. Students use a range of materials to make their own products and evaluate existing products as well as assess their own ability and the products that they have made. They have opportunities to design and produce work using state of the art CAM processes such as laser cutting. Examples of KS3 / KS4 projects include: Jewellery Box, Geometric Animals, Clocks, Desk tidy, made to scale office desk, Wooden Toy, small cabinets, table lamps and wooden artefacts.


Aims: To ensure engagement and outcomes for all students.

Thematic approaches
At Springwell the Art curriculum is structured around themes; this allows the exploration of concepts, ideas and  knowledge as well as personal interpretation, links to other subject areas and SMSC understanding.

Skills and Techniques
Students learn the formal elements in art, the formal elements are the parts used to make a piece of artwork, these are:  line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition. Students are taught the formal elements in a variety of ways which they then apply to their own work.

In the classroom
Art teachers strive to: know the needs of our children, know the preferred learning style of each child, create calm areas and areas for extra extension tasks which will encourage inquisitive, creative learning.

• At Springwell we create portfolios for each child.
• We are able to show students their learning journey in a visual format that directly enables them to recognise their progress, reflect on their achievements and make improvements.
• We can celebrate and publicly recognise achievements through displays, assemblies and via outside organisations.
•Pupils work towards achieving one or more of the following certificates: AQA Unit awards, Arts Award Bronze, ABC Award or GCSE qualifications in Art and Design.


We are delighted and proud to announce that Springwell Leeds Academy has been awarded “Champion Music School” status by the Leeds Music Education Partnership Board.

We are one of only four schools to gain this status that recognises schools that have made a significant impact on their pupils’ lives through music offer and who have an outstanding commitment to music.
See here for more information https://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Article/87733