“The Artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work”.
Emile Zola, writer.

"Art and Design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality”.
Quentin Blake, children's illustrator.

Art is an exciting and engaging subject. The Art Department aims to establish a positive and mutually supportive environment in which pupils are able to express their ideas and concepts in a confident and constructive manner.

There are two teachers, who bring their own expertise, ambitious ideas and sense of enjoyment to the department and our curriculum.

The Art Studio is a purpose built space featuring:

  • One large teaching room split into two sections - KS3 and KS4
  • Ten computers
  • A4 colour printer
  • Smart board
  • Three-dimensional area
  • Ceramic area with potter’s wheels, kilns and ceramic facilities
  • Textile-art area with a sewing machine
  • Art library housing a comprehensive range of books and journals
  • Painting and printing facilities
  • Exhibition area

Key Stage 3

During KS3 we look to provide a rich and varied curriculum offering students the opportunity to work in a range of media, styles and contexts. Students are encouraged to respond creatively to briefs, explore the work of Artists and develop their own ideas.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Bugs – Explore the fascinating miniature world of insects and bugs. Students develop mark making techniques through exploration of creepy crawlies with a range of outcomes. Alphabetica – A multi-disciplinary project where students explore Artists, Designers, media & techniques through the alphabet. From Aboriginal Art to Gaudi’s Architecture and creative illustration, students are able to work on mini-projects to broaden their skill and knowledge-base in Art. Architecture – Discovering the work of Andy Mercer as a starting point, we look to explore texture and mark-making through inspired works. Final projects are created in multi-media with a range of techniques including Art-Textiles.
Pop Art - Popular culture of the 1950’s is the starting point of this project. Students discover how the disposable world we know today took off in the 1950’s though the advent of mass production and consumerism. Comparing to life today, students explore ideas and concepts surrounding Pop-Culture.

Key Stage 4

Pupils who choose Art as an option at GCSE have five hours of lessons of Art every fortnight.

GCSE Art & Design is a practical course where students express their ideas through drawing, painting, textile art and three dimensional work including ceramics and sculpture.

The course allows students to develop their existing skills and develop new skills through two coursework projects. They will be expected to develop their ideas using a sketch book and by producing a series of drawings using many different materials and techniques. They also study different artists and movements. Students will have the opportunity to produce 2D and 3D designs based upon this work in a variety of materials, such as multi-media drawings, textile art, constructing 3D designs and ceramics. The course will allow students to develop their abilities to respond creatively to a chosen theme.

Topics could include:

  • Marine Life
  • Natural forms
  • Portraits
  • Surrealism
  • Cubism
  • Architecture
  • Landscapes

Pupils develop their confidence and ability to explore their own ideas through the use of different materials and the different uses of colour and tone. They also develop an understanding of the work of other artists and designers and learn to appreciate art from around the world whilst exploring social and moral issues that concern artists. They learn how to use this knowledge to help develop their own ideas and approaches to practical art making.

Students at GCSE level are expected to work with a high level of independence, making confident, creative decisions and responding individually, in personally directed work.

Possible Careers:

  • Artist
  • Teacher
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Product or Interior Designer
  • Architect
  • Multi Media Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Photographer
  • Art Director
  • Computer Game Designer
  • Concept Artist


Extra Curricular Activities - Regular booster sessions are run after school fro GCSE students to continue with their portfolio.

Trips -  The Art Department organises trips for students at KS4 relating to specific projects.

Links with Universities -  Every year GCSE students visit the Art Degree Show of Manchester Metropolitan University.