Art Department – Vision. We encourage pupils to communicate through, and to be aware of the impact of the visual. We approach Art as a subject that requires students to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues as a necessary part of the making process. We teach pupils a range of skills that enable them to achieve quality outcomes. We teach pupils to recognise, reflect on and value, alternative modes of expression. Our aim is to promote feelings of success, enjoyment and achievement and to encourage further learning.

The Art and Design department provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests and ideas in ways that are personally relevant. We believe that art is an inclusive subject which stretches and challenges all pupils and which nurtures the creativity of the individual. We believe that Art and Design provides an effective context in which to develop those skills needed in pupils’ wider learning. We believe that all pupils are creative and that it is our responsibility to find ways that can enable them to expression.

‘Creativity is possible in all areas of human activity and it draws from all areas of human intelligence’ – Ken Robinson – ‘Out of our Minds’, 2001.

The Curriculum


Learners explore and experiment with a range of information and resources to plan, develop and reflect on their creative activities. Pupils are introduced to a new ideas and starting points each year which aim to help students develop their artistic and creative thinking skills. With each topic pupils explore the work of other artists, select and record from observation, experiment with a range of processes and media and develop and present their ideas through the creation of a personal response. Work in sketchbooks documents and supports the progress of learners as they build on their skills throughout the Key Stage. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their Literacy and Numeracy skills through specific tasks that are purposeful and link to the topic they are focusing on in each Scheme of Work.

KS4 – GCSE Art and Design

Pupils follow a learning plan in Year 10 which prepares them to work independently during Year 11. Under the theme of Identity they explore their ideas through a range of Art media and they undertake research into a wide range of artists’ and they will complete extensive critical analysis of selected pieces of their work. They record their ideas visually and annotate developments using sketchbooks leading up to personal and meaningful final outcomes in each unit.

Pupils are introduced to two Coursework projects during Year 10 and Year 11. The department places strong emphasis on pupils investigating each given starting point by reference to first-hand sources, through observational drawing and photography. During each project pupils build on their technical skills and knowledge of media and processes. They combine this with their knowledge of the work of other artists and cultures to create an informed personal response. The external exam unit takes place during the summer term and this requires pupils to work independently, demonstrating their skills and knowledge creatively in response to a set theme. The exam unit concludes with 10 hours sustained focus work in exam conditions. All work is marked internally and externally moderated.

KS5 – A Level Art and Design

The new AS specification is known as ‘Personal Creative Enquiry’ and it is worth 40% of the overall A Level qualification. The ‘Personal Creative Enquiry’ consists of an extended exploratory project / portfolio and outcomes based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful. The Enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work. This involves a single coursework unit which provides more time for students’ to acquire foundational skills, knowledge and understanding in the earlier part of the course.

The unit has no set theme therefore pupils choose which avenue to pursue. Their sketchbooks should demonstrate different processes developed from different starting points, and the final outcomes will demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills based on various skills based workshops.

The importance of drawing in its widest sense as a recording tool and means of exploring visual language is emphasised in the new subject content. Their sketchbooks will record observations, interests, skills and experiments indicating personal development whilst covering the four Assessment Objectives.

Pupils chose their own theme and work closely with staff to develop and extend their practical and theoretical knowledge. They can make outcomes in Painting, Drawing, 3D Sculpture, Textiles, Printmaking and Installation.

The AS and A2 course in Art and Design encourages students to develop:

Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;

Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement;

Independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes;

The experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies;

An understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate.

Experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, make links to the creative industries;