BGGS aims to challenge students to think, act and speak as Artists, Designers and Craftspeople by teaching them to become visually literate so they can read, interpret and find meaning in signs, symbols, codes and conventions, exploring and reshaping them in their own work. The curriculum goes far beyond what is taught within the classroom, for whilst we want students to achieve the very best examination results possible, our curriculum goes beyond what is examinable. As a knowledge engaged curriculum we believe that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skills; both are intertwined. As a department we define the powerful knowledge our students need and help them recall it by scaffolding our curriculum in such a way that students continually revisit skills and build upon them each year, tackling increasingly challenging concepts. As each step in a learning journey develops, it incorporates a deeper understanding of prior learning.