Friern Barnet School believes that the arts can play an exciting and leading role in providing dynamic focus for the educational experience of its young people.
The arts enrich the quality of our experiences, providing rewarding activities that inspire, inform, stimulate, challenge and entertain. Arts activities help develop the capacity to formulate and communicate ideas and feelings; they enhance perceptual skills through responding, developing and evaluating, and physical skills through control and use of movement. Involvement in the arts helps to foster a positive attitude among students by developing a wide range of qualities such as cooperation, enthusiasm, passion, inspiration, tenacity and ambition. We also emphasise that this is an inclusive involvement, which helps students acquire an important sense of belonging as well as building the self-confidence they need to do well and make their first steps towards higher education and employment.
The creative arts will continue to act as a catalyst for cultural development and are a point at which different cultures meet and recognize one another’s worth and diversity. As a centre for the arts in the community, Friern Barnet School will provide many opportunities for groups and individuals to seek and find such self-fulfillment and awareness.
All students should have the opportunity to develop their particular skills through the curriculum and through the range of experiences and opportunities that the extended school offers.
In partnership with our family of schools and local community groups, we create a culture of learning through the arts that is accessible to all students and to the wider community.