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Art & Design



Art and Design is a means of communication of ideas, concepts and emotions.  It is used as a form of recording ideas using the Visual Language in 2D, 3D and Photography in particular.

Students are given the opportunity to develop their ideas in structured projects that teach them specific skills.  This enables them to gain independence, confidence, creative thought process and aesthetic appreciation.  We pride ourselves in enabling our students to create exciting powerful images and objects, along with the ability to evaluate their own work. They are introduced to the concept of historical and contextual references allowing them to increase their knowledge of the wider world in which we live. Art and Design can enrich the human condition and is essential to our lives.

At KS3 we focus on skills in drawing, painting and clay modelling.  Students learn to keep a sketch book and how to develop ideas and research other artists.

At KS4 we offer GCSE Art.  Students continue to learn to develop their skills in both two and three dimensions using a variety of specialist materials.

At KS5 we offer A Level Fine Art. Students develop skills even further to be independent learners, creative thinkers and skilful Artists and Designers.

Gifted and Talented students are given activities that will broaden and deepen their knowledge about art, sharpen their art skills, and offer them learning opportunities to accelerate their learning.

Grouping and Setting

Art is taught once a week in mixed ability groups in KS3.  Art is then taken as an option in KS4 and 5.


Formal assessment takes place once a topic has finished through Landmark assessments. This is once every half- term. Students are given oral and written feedback on a regular basis through Interim and Assessed homework.


Students have the opportunity to attend Art Club at lunchtime and after school to participate in various activities from mark making to 3D design and clay work.