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“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” (Scott Adam – Designer)

The Art and Design department aims to develop the creativity and imagination of our students, through the use of practical and theoretical approaches to the subject. We cover a broad range of skills, through the diverse range of topics, which challenges students to create, design and think, in 2D and 3D forms.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 lessons are focussed on developing the formal elements in the subject, through the use of different media. Students produce work in traditional methods, to develop their painting and drawing skills. Projects are adapted yearly, but centred on:

·         Colour theory

·         Cultural art  

·         Designing

Year 8 students develop their exploration of the formal elements further, through greater links to artists, and designers, which is where they are introduced to more theoretical aspects of the subject. Topics include:

·         Artist focus (decided by the class teacher)

·         Perspectives

·         Making, where students explore 3D/relief/craft approaches to the subject

Year 9 students develop a greater understanding of the Art process, from start to finish, which models elements of the GCSE course, in preparation for those who choose to continue the subject in Year 10. Topics include:

·         Art movements (decided by the class teacher)

·         Buildings

·         Still Life

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 students follow the AQA Art and Design endorsement at GCSE level.  However, we also run a Graphic Communication endorsement for some of our EAL students, as a means to provide additional literacy support through the subject.

It is expected that students who choose Art at GCSE level do so because they are enthusiastic about expanding their skills and knowledge gained at Key Stage 3. Students experiment with a range of media and produce work in at least two different areas, as part of their controlled assessment (60%). This may include any of the following: drawing and painting, 3D, mixed media, printmaking and more. The course ends with an externally set assignment (40%) where students produce a body of work over approximately 12 weeks and finish with a 10 hour practical exam.

The aim is for our students to leave with the confidence to pursue an Art and Design based course which suits their style and interest.

For more information on the Art and Design GCSE, please see http://www.aqa.org.uk/ 


We have clubs which run at lunch and after school, where students can complete their own work, or set themed work.

We also offer the opportunity for students to go on the Harry Potter Studios tour with the Media students.