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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Art & Textiles

The Art Department is dedicated to the creation and appreciation of art as a central and formative educational 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.

Due to our exceptional standards, the Art Department continues to grow from strength to strength achieving outstanding GCSE and A Level results. The 2018 GCSE outcomes place the Department in the top 16% Nationally for Attainment and the top 11% Nationally for Progress.

  • Mrs G Walker - Head of Department
  • Mrs R Rooney
  • Miss R Taylor
Key Stage 3

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

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.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 all students have the opportunity to develop progression from KS3 by opting for one or all of our GCSE courses; Art and Design, Graphic Communication and Textile Design.

Year 9 - GCSE

Pupils will begin their GCSE course which will last over 3 years. We believe the early start in Year 9 provides our students with the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills, which are vital to ensuring successful results.

  • Autumn Term: Theory
  • Spring Term: Developing media and techniques
  • Summer Term: Respond
Year 10 & 11

Over the next two years the remainder of 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 whole 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.

Key Stage 5

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. Throughout KS4 and KS5 pupils are expected to use their time independently where they will undertake either a range of research tasks, or produce physical pieces of work.