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The department is by run by Mrs G Woods and supported by Miss M Dreiser.


The department offers a broad based curriculum in Art, Craft and Design that provides students with the opportunity to work in both two and three dimensions and across a wide range of media, techniques and processes.  

Projects draw on student’s personal experiences, their immediate surroundings, first-hand observation and their own imaginations.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1 Teaching is structured around the delivery of the Basic Elements of Art and Design; Line, Tone, Form, Colour, Pattern and Texture. Students are made aware
of the individual elements through different creative and imaginative tasks. Contextual references are introduced which reference these elements and a unit
of sketchbook work and a final outcome demonstrate the learning.

Term 2  Introducing the Title of Fantastical and Strange, students work from the theme of Fauna to explore the shapes, patterns and colours of different creatures. They complete drawings from secondary sources and produce a range of creative and imaginative ideas for a 'hybrid' creature heads. This is a 3D project and additionally it is a recycling project, final 3D heads are constructed from found materials and painted. Classwork is supported by a 4-6 week homework task to produce a creature made entirely from re-cycled materials

Term 3 The theme of the term is Landscape and in this unit students are encouraged to explore a diverse range of work from different artists who have been
inspired by this theme. Completing a Transcription from a chosen artists work they then are given greater freedom in the materials they select to produce
their own work in response to the landscape theme.

Year 8

Term 1 Introducing the title of either Flora(flower heads) or Fauna (insects and bugs) students' work from images and objects to produce creative and imaginative ideas on one of the two themes. The development of high quality drawing skills is a focus and work developed from these studies explores, colour, texture and form. Final outcomes
are created in clay using a range of construction methods.

Term 2 The theme of this unit is Still-Life and using groups of objects, students are taught about the construction of different forms. Work produced includes detailed
observational drawing in tone and development work in either paint or oil pastel. The introduction of contextual references determines the direction of
the project and the final outcome.

Term 3 During this term students work from the theme of The Figure. Work produced includes observational drawing, the development of imaginative ideas based on
armoury and print-making

Year 9

During this year Art and Design become part of the 'Art and Technology Tumble' and the yearis broken down into five week blocks that follow all areas of Technology as
offered by the school and three different units of Art and Design. Work is developed from an initial visit to the British Museum which is organised at the
start of the year and involves all students. This is a research trip and students draw from the collection across three areas including; masks, patterns
and artefacts from across the globe.

Unit one - Drawing and relief print-making.

Unit two – Designing and making clay masks.

Unit three – Creating and experimenting through drawing.

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: Edexcel

Controlled assessment: 60%.
Externally Set Assignment: 40%

The GCSE Art course offered provides students with a wide range of exciting and stimulating creative opportunities
to explore their interests in art and design that are personally relevant and developmental in nature.

The Unendorsed Course in Art and Design, allows students to work in a broad range of 2D and/or 3D processes including new media and technologies. There is a
significant focus on photography and students will be encouraged to use photography to collect first hand research, and to explore and develop ideas through digital photography and image manipulation. They will be expected during the course to produce practical and contextual work associated with two or more of the options listed

ART and DESIGN (FINE ART) including




ART and DESIGN (3D DESIGN) including


ART and DESIGN (GRAPHICS) including


ART and DESIGN (Textiles) including


CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT ( formally - coursework) : During the GCSE course, students will complete two units of work including various
forms of development and then final outcomes. (45 hours of controlled assessment will be completed under normal classroom supervision).

Key Stage 5

Examination Board: Edexcel

Students study an Un-Endorsed GCE in Art and Design. Within this general course they will cover aspects of Fine Art including; sculpture, drawing and painting and print-making, 3D design, Textiles, Photography and Graphic Design. They can choose to specialise in one particular discipline or alternatively, to work across a range of
disciplines or materials.

The full A level consists of 4 units of work:

AS – Unit 1
This is a negotiated portfolio of work that demonstrates the ability to research, develop, analyse and effectively conclude pieces of work in one or
more of the above options. (60% of the AS and 30% of the A2.) The theme is set by the department and is a research based project on London, set over the
summer holiday comprising of photographic and gallery research set in around the city in its broadest sense.

AS – Unit 2
From a theme that is set by the examination board and in negotiation with the teacher, students will undergo approximately 10 weeks of preliminary studies.
This will then culminate in an 8 hour controlled period where students produce an unaided piece of work. (40% of the AS and 20% of the A2.)

A2 – Unit 3
The production of a more advanced portfolio of work that demonstrates the ability to research, develop, analyse and effectively conclude pieces of work
in one or more of the above options. It will also contain a 1000 to 3000 word related study. (30% of the full A Level.) The theme of this unit is set by the
student and initial research is carried out over the summer holiday.

A2 – Unit 4
Similar to Unit 2, the examination board will set a choice of themes and in negotiation with the teacher, students will undergo approximately 8 weeks of
preliminary studies. This will then conclude in a more substantial 12 hour controlled period where students produce an unaided significant piece of work.
(20% of the full A Level.)

Resources The department is very well resourced with two dedicated rooms together with a sixth-form study area. There is excellent access to IT, including computer work stations, digital cameras, image manipulation software, two data projectors and graphics tablets.

The department is well stocked with visual resources and a wide collection of reference books.  (The library additionally has an excellent collection of art books.)  Both rooms are set up for 3D and 2D work, including print-making, clay, plaster, paint and mixed-media.

Extra Curricular The department offers two weekly Art clubs providing students with opportunities to complete homework, to develop and/or complete class-work or to work on self-directed projects.

 Visits At the very start of year 9, all students visit the BritishMuseum to gather first-hand research.  Based on  the theme of  “Other Worlds”, they work across three design projects including drawing, print making and clay.  This is an excellent opportunity for the students to get involved in the resourcing of their project and to discover the wealth of artefacts available to them from across the globe.

The department runs a biennial trip to New York for Key Stage 4 and 5.  This includes visits to the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim and cultural highlights such as Ellis Island, the ChryslerBuilding and a sporting event such as ice hockey.  

We also take part in a creative lectures programme at the Institute of Education which has , over the past few years, included talks by Anthony Gormley, Cornelia Parker and Quentin Blake.

In addition to this, the department exhibits work each summer at the Mall Galleries as part of The National Students’ Art Competition.