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Art and Design forms part of the Arts and Technologies Faculty. Art and Design gives students the opportunity to develop a visual language through projects which encompass drawing from imagination, observation and direct tracing; collage; sculpture; painting; dry media; working from designs, creating realistic as well as non-realistic abstract forms and shapes; and interpreting other artists’ and crafts people’s work.

In Art we offer a range of experiences in order for students to try out as many different ways of creating as possible. Amongst other things, students learn about colour theory and composition and how it can relate to mood and emotion; students learn how to analyse and understand artwork from different genres, cultures and art movements; students learn why art is made and can work on both commercial and fine art briefs; students learn how to express themselves and generate ideas; they learn how to develop, explore and refine ideas; and lastly how to create ‘personal response’ outcomes to projects.

Students work increasingly with ICT elements as they move up the key stages, using photography, computer/ copier design, and Adobe Photoshop within their projects.

Students are also invited to attend the popular after-school Art Clubs, which are an opportunity to refine and explore classwork further or work on independent projects in a supportive environment.

Staff Position
Mrs K Orrett Teacher of Art / Photography
Mr B Tonks Teacher of Art

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

 “A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. 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.”


  Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

  Year 7

  Year 8

  • Colour theory/ Compositional Elements/ Abstract Art
  • Fauvism and Friedrich Hundertwasser
  • Native American Art
  • Surrealism
  • Street Art
  • Expressionism
  • Cubism

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Art

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Copy from their favourite comic strips, cartoons and films
  • Draw pictures from their imagination and from life
  • Take and edit photos on their phone
  • Explore different art and craft materials
  • Visit museums, galleries and places of cultural interest
  • Watch cultural films, TV programs and art documentaries

There are many websites and in particular instructional videos on sites such as YouTube, giving guidance on how to draw, paint or create.

Encourage your son / daughter to understand the value of the visual arts, in that everything they touch, watch, play on or with has been created and designed by a person from the creative arts.

Practise techniques learned in class at home. Draw, paint and make collages, make short films or animations. There are many apps and websites available which can help with these things, or you can ask an Art teacher for help.

Key Stage 4 

Students follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design specification.

Aims of the course:

In Art you will learn and develop a broad range of skills and abilities. You will learn many aspects of Fine Art, Craft and Design. All projects include using a range of materials and techniques such as drawing, painting, analysis of images and objects, photography and sculpture.  We also use Photoshop to develop and refine pieces of artwork.

Course Content:

Over the 3-year course students complete two units (a coursework unit and an exam unit) and submit them for marking and external moderation.

In all projects, students must take an idea and develop it by experimenting with materials, elements and subject matter, analysing the work of other artists and making personal responses.

The coursework projects currently include:

  • Popular (Fine Art)
  • CD Design (Design)

Projects vary in content as a result of the research and ideas that each student develops themselves. Every student’s project will be unique to them! Coursework and Exam Prep is created during class time under staff supervision as well as in the student’s own independent study. Students take responsibility for their own art portfolios, and can purchase Art Packs and other materials from the department.


Art and Design is assessed using 4 Assessment Objectives. The degree to which a students’ work succeeds is reliant on them producing work which addresses the 4 Objectives:

                AO1 – Develop ideas and understanding

                AO2 – Explore and refine your ideas and techniques

                AO3 – Record ideas in visual and other forms

                AO4 – Present personal responses

Coursework projects ‘Popular’ and ‘CD Design’ (60% of the final grade)

Externally Set Task (40% of the final grade - made up of Exam Preparation 30% and Final Outcomes made in the GCSE Exam 10%)

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Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Art (OCR)

A Level Photography (OCR)

Students follow the OCR A-Level Art and Design Suite specification. In September 2016 this formed part of The Consortium offer.

Aims of the course:

The course aims to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained at GCSE in order to prepare the student for further academic and/ or vocational study within the creative industries. Many students find that Art & Design A-Level courses develop the analytical, problem-solving, creative-thinking and project-based skills required in other industries and sectors such as the public services, the built environment, STEM, advertising, business and commerce.

Course Content:

  • Students:
    Record information, observations, ideas and insights in a wide range of visual forms
  • Analyse and evaluate images, objects, artefacts and texts
  • Develop sustained investigations and explore a range of visual materials, processes and resources
  • Complete a personal investigation unit that comprises a portfolio of practical work and related essay (3000 words), as well as completing an externally-set exam portfolio.


Students begin the course in September with a series of small skill-building projects, then move onto the personal investigation unit in January of Y12. The exam unit is started in the February of Y13.

The course comprises:

  • A Personal Investigation (60% of the final grade).  A sustained investigation into an area of the student’s choice.
  • Externally Set Task (40% of the final grade)
  • 100% Internal Assessment

Student work is assessed internally before being moderated by the exam board.

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