The GCSE in Art, Craft and Design is a broad and flexible course that requires students to develop an appreciation of the creative process through a practical response, using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, materials, techniques and processes. Students are required to produce two portfolios of work and sit a two-day exam where they will create a final piece for assessment. The ASPIRE curriculum complements each project enabling GCSE students to work with a positive mind-set, take risks with their work and gain confidence. Throughout the course they gain inspiration from artists’ work and the world around them, giving them the opportunity to improve their critical thinking and verbal skills. Most importantly, the opportunity to create in a calm and inspiring environment for two hours a week and optional after school sessions, enables the students to self-regulate in a therapeutic setting, improve their self-esteem and create beautiful art work that they can be proud of.