Art and Design


In the Art department we aim to deliver high quality lessons that engage, inspire and challenge students. All students are encouraged to be curious, inventive and creative.

During Key Stages 3 & 4 students are taught to become proficient with a range of media, materials and techniques. Drawing, painting and sculpture are fundamental elements of the exploration process. Students record, develop and present artworks in response to a range of images, artefacts and cultures.

Students are introduced to a range of artists, craft makers and designers to understand the cultural and historical contexts of artworks. Evaluation and analysis supports students in reflecting and responding to own and others artworks.

We offer a variety of co-curricular opportunities such as:

KS3 Bronze Award (Year 8 only) – Wednesday (after school)

KS3/4 Photography – Monday (after school)

KS4 GCSE Art, Craft & Design – Monday (after school)

Key Stage 3

 In Key Stage 3 students are taught:

  • To observe and record observations from a range of primary and secondary sources.
  • To explore and refine using a variety of different materials, techniques and processes such as pencil, paint, charcoal, fine liner, pastel and 3D materials. They are encouraged to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • To analyse and evaluate their own and others work using specific terminology and expressing reasoned judgments.
  • To research a range of historical of artists, craftspeople and designers- including periods, styles and major movements.
  • To respond and present meaningful and personal outcomes relevant to intentions.


Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE Art, Craft & Design (1AD0) Specification.

The course consists of two internally assessed and externally moderated components:

Component 1: Personal Portfolio (60%)

This is the coursework element that students work on for a majority of the course. It is made up of 3 separate projects and is combination of classwork and homework.

Component 2: Externally Assessed Assignment- (40%)

This is the exam student’s sit in the Spring/Summer of year 11. Students will have access to the exam paper in January of that year. They will be required to present a personal response to the theme set by the exam board. Students will have a preparatory period to:

  • Research primary and secondary sources
  • Experiment with materials and techniques
  • Explore and develop ideas

In the period of 10 hours sustained focus students will produce a final piece/s relevant to the theme.

GCSE Art provides the opportunity to explore contemporary and historical artworks. Students are encouraged to visit galleries, museums and exhibitions to support this. Students are also encouraged to take an individual approach to their learning from given starting points.

Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Studying Art is essential to allow young people to develop their creativity and enhance their understanding of the world through close examination and careful study. If we look around us we begin to realise the affect that art has on the world in which we live, as all man made items have been designed and created using the skills with which we seek to equip our students in this subject.

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