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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Art & Textiles


he Art Department is dedicated to the creation and appreciation of art as a central and formative education experience. We aim to provide students with the skills and inspiration, which will enable them to explore and develop their ideas with confidence across all key stages.

  • Mrs G Walker - Head of Department
  • Mrs Rooney
  • Miss Taylor

Curriculum overview:


At KS3 all students have the opportunity to study Art and Design developing their creativity and ideas and increase their proficiency in their execution. All students are given the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of artists and designers, expressing judgements that can inform their own work.

Students will develop their skills and techniques by using a range of media and processes, which is continuously analysed and evaluated in order to strengthen the visual impact or application of their work.

Art and Design is delivered in our purpose built Creative Studios, which are fully equipped with traditional and digital materials and resources.

Year 7
  • Autumn Term: Observation
  • Spring Term: Texture
  • Summer Term: Imagination
Year 8
  • Autumn Term: Colour, Pop Art
  • Spring Term: Pattern, Gustav Klimt
  • Summer Term: Shape, Henri Matisse
Year 9

All pupils had the opportunity to opt for a series of creative subjects. We offer Art and Design, Graphic Communication and Textile Design. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills which can be used during our GCSE courses.

  • Autumn Term: Theory
  • Spring Term: Developing media and techniques
  • Summer Term: Respond

At KS4 all students have the opportunity to develop progression from KS3 by opting for one or all of our GCSE courses; Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Textile Design. Over the two years the course is split into two units, Unit one coursework amounts to 60% of the overall grade. Unit two, the externally set exam is 40% of the grade.

The GCSE courses provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are personally relevant and truly developmental in nature. The course offers enhanced opportunities for innovation and curriculum development. Skills are developed to a high standard using a wide range of materials, techniques and processes.

At KS5 we offer A Level Art and Design which provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. We offer three endorsements, Art and Design, Graphic Communication and Textile Design.

Homework is an integral part of the curriculum across all key stages. Each pupil is expected to complete work which sets challenge and contributes to the pupils ability to learn independently. Each student receives a homework sketchbook and are encouraged to take pride in its development.