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The Art department is a vibrant and exciting space within the school, made up of four 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 A level students host a yearly exhibition of their work 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. We run two courses, Art GCSE and Art Photography GCSE. The examination results for both GCSE and A Level are among the best in the school, last year we achieved 39% 9 -5 & 61 % 9 - 4 in GCSE Art and 38.5% 9 - 5 and 80% 9 - 4 in GCSE Art Photography. 

Our A Level achieved 80% A*- C last year, with all students reaching or exceeding their targets. Each year many of our A Level students go on to higher education courses in a wide range of Art and Design disciplines.

As a department we pride ourselves on creating a supportive and welcoming environment which is fully inclusive for all students to enable them to reach their very best potential.


Learning Area

The Art Department is a fantastic place to work: the staff are a group of hard-working and committed teachers who all have, at the very heart of their practice and approach, a belief in valuing each student and giving them the very best creative educational opportunities that the school can offer. The department offers a wide range of skills and understanding of contextual links in a variety of media through all key stages.


1 x full time specialist

3 x part time specialists


1 x HOD

3 x specialist teachers

Examination courses for KS4

We follow the Edexcel exam board for 2 Art and Design courses: Art and Design unendorsed and the Photography endorsement.

Examination  courses for KS5

We offer 2 types of A Level Art and Design courses:

Eg Art and Design (unendorsed)

     Photography (endorsed)    

GCSE examination results


2015      73%          

2016      56%      

2017       66.7%   


A Level examination results

In 2017 the A Level results achieved 100% A* to C, with the majority of pupils achieving their target grades. 

Timetable structure

Year 7 2 lessons per week

Year 8 2 lessons per week

Year 9 6/7 lessons per fortnight

Year 10 5 lessons per fortnight

Year 11 5 lessons per fortnight

KS5 9 lessons per fortnight


We have intervention programmes for vulnerable cohorts of Year 11 and general course work catch up sessions for all KS3 and KS4 at lunch times and after school every week.

Additional resources

Computer room, A Level only room, Gallery, Kiln and Printing Press.

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.