Creating choices

While the Department for Education has been criticised in recent times for not placing enough emphasis on the importance of creative subjects within the national curriculum, one local preparatory school has taken the initiative and opened a new and exciting creative centre.

Rather than simply offering the standard issue woodwork desks and metalwork vices of days gone by, the inspiring space at All Hallows School will provide many new design and technology-based opportunities for pupils. With more of a design studio feel to it, the centre houses cutting-edge 2D and 3D design technology, as well as facilities for coding, laser cutting and 3D printing, animation, digital photography and much more.

 

The real creative world

The well-attended launch in early November saw the centre officially opened by world-renowned large-scale light installation artist Bruce Munro. The school’s director of learning, Trevor Richards, also spoke about the thinking behind the new centre. “There are many paths to a happy and fulfilled life,” he said. “At the heart of the All Hallows ethos has long been a desire to truly prepare children for the world they will inhabit and contribute to. The industries with roots in culture and creativity are an important and growing source of jobs and wealth creation, and the sector is outperforming the UK economy as a whole. All Hallows intends to be at the forefront of prep school education in terms of preparing children for this future job market.” Renowned designer Kevin McCloud was in full agreement: “Some of the biggest planetary names are powered by British design, media and architectural talents,” he said. “So encouraging children to explore their creativity from a young age – and allowing them to think of creativity as important – gives them a headstart in a competitive world.”

The intention is for All Hallows to forge and maintain strong links with the outside creative world. “We are committed to ensuring the opportunities offered are current, relevant and exciting, and that the curriculum evolves continuously to keep pace with the real world,” added new head of creative design and technology, Berin Nelson, who will lead the centre. “We want to ‘fuse’ the disciplines and demonstrate to the children that ideas can be brought to life in a number of ways with the help of technology and creativity, and we aim to enlist the help of specialists along the way, to inspire the children.”


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