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The Art department is a vibrant and exciting space within the school, made up of three experienced and dedicated members of staff.  We provide opportunities to experience a wide range of disciplines and enable students to create diverse and exciting personal outcomes. Our curriculum is based on a wide range of contextual material from historical works of Art to more contemporary works and cultures.

We strive to make the Art department the focus for visual learning throughout the school. Our excellent examples of student’s work are displayed around the school building, showcasing the high standards that we achieve. Our students host regular exhibitions of their work in our gallery space to share their success and inspire others.

Throughout each Key Stage our students are taught a variety of media and techniques. Along with traditional Painting and Drawing we offer Textiles, Print Making, Sculpture, Ceramics and Digital Photography. 

We are a very popular department with increased uptake at Key Stage 4 year on year. Examination results for both GCSE and A Level are among the best in the School, last year we achieved 70% A*-C at GCSE level and 100% A*-C at AS and A Level. Each year many of our A Level students go on to higher education courses in a wide range of Art and Design disciplines.

We encourage our students to pursue and develop their interest in Art outside of lessons by providing extra Art opportunities, including entries into competitions, weekly after school clubs and lunch time clubs.


  • Three Art classrooms, with interactive whiteboard/projector facilities.
  • A sixth form Art Studio.
  • A permanent gallery space

Our facilities include:

  • Dark room.
  • Printmaking including a printing press and screen printing.
  • Ceramics.
  • ICT facilities.
  • Digital cameras, including SLR cameras.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 all students follow projects which are based on the formal elements.  Each project that we deliver has a contextual link and a diverse outcome and provides the opportunity for students to develop new skills and experience a broad range of media and techniques.

Year 7

  • Colour: Matisse and The Fauves.
  • Line: Op Art/ Optical illusions.
  • Tone: Expressionist Portraits.

Year 8

  • Pattern: Aboriginal Art.
  • Shape and Form: Litter Bugs.
  • 3D/Texture: Claes Oldenburg Sculptures.
Curriculum Plan











Colour theory and artist analysis: Matisse.

Developing ideas through collage to a final piece inspired by Matisse.

Op Art history and artist analysis: Bridget Riley.

Designs in line and pattern, final painting inspired by Bridget Riley.

Learning the proportions of the face and developing tonal drawing skills.

Artist analysis based on the Expressionists and painting a final portrait.



Artist analysis and drawing skills based on Claes Oldenburg/Food.

Developing ideas, colour mixing and creating a final sculpture.

Art analysis: Aboriginal Art/Symbolism.

Designs using pattern to a final painting inspired by Aboriginal Art.

Artist analysis: recycling artists. Developing drawing skills based on insects.

Developing ideas into a final piece created through collage.





Emotions: Artist analysis developing skills in watercolour.

Ideas in collage. Develop skills in 2nd hand observation – tone.

Print designs. Create a final piece through lino printing.

Clay relief techniques. Developing a design. Create a final outcome in clay.

Artist analysis: Pop Artists. Develop drawing and painting skills.

Develop skills in drawing using tone: self- portrait.


Learn key Adobe Photoshop skills. Develop ideas through editing photographs in a Pop Art style.

Experimentation through creating a personal final design.

Combine learning, ideas and experiments into a personal final Pop Art painting.

Mock Exam project:

Developing a theme from an exam paper – artist analysis.

Artist analysis and recording from observations relevant to theme.

Initial idea: combining artist techniques and personal theme into own art work.




Improving ideas and techniques through experimentation.

Combining all learning into a personal final piece in own chosen media.

Final exam project.

Final exam project/Final exam.

Review and refine course work/course finishes.

Course finished.



Introduction project: Artist analysis, realism drawing skills and personal outcome.

Personal project 1: Contextual studies/artist analysis.


Initial idea/ Experimentation.


Final outcome.

Final outcome.

Start 2nd personal project on past exam theme: artist analysis.


Record: observational drawing.

Initial ideas and experimentation.


Creating a personal final piece for the project.

Final Piece project 2.

Exam project starts.

Exam project and Final exam.

Review and refine course work.

Course finished.