The department is equipped with good ceramic facilities, including a kiln, print press, an SLR camera and iPads, The department encourages students to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas through images, processes, materials and techniques. A safe space is created for students to explore their creativity by being curious, playful and viewing mistakes positively.

Students have the opportunity to record their responses from direct observation, memory and imagination.

Units of work encompass a broad range of techniques, including both 2D and 3D work, including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, digital media, photography, sculpture, textiles, mixed media and ceramics.

At all stages, students are encouraged to be reflective by showing the development of their ideas and annotating their work, particularly in Key Stage 4

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 the Art and Design curriculum explores a wide variety of materials, processes and techniques to enable the students to create challenging outcomes and build self-esteem.  Each project encompasses research skills, observational drawing, formal elements and responses to the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures.  Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their own work and the work of others.

We encourage learning from the outer environment and take opportunities to adapt the curriculum to fit in with current art exhibitions. Trips to Galleries, museums or other places of interest are organised to provide enriching experiences.

GCSE Art and Design Option (Key Stage 4).

Year 10 and 11 are now following the WJEC, GCSE Art and Design Course.  The course promotes creativity, imagination, critical thinking and the exploration of ideas. Throughout the course students will communicate their ideas using a range of media, processes and techniques. Unit themes are carefully chosen to ensure that the students are able to include their interests and to trigger a personal response. They are encouraged to be creative, imaginative and communicate in a tactile and visual way.  An important element of the course is responding to the work of other artists, craft workers and designers. All work is creatively presented in their A3 sketchbooks, which include annotations and display the development of ideas.

The course consists of the following units:

Unit 1

This unit is  coursework and a  portfolio of work will be completed during year 10 and 11. They are encouraged to pursue their interests and explore a variety of materials, techniques and processes to communicate their ideas. Students will have the opportunity to visit galleries and investigate the work of different artists. 


Unit 2

This is an Externally set assignment. Students will be given a range of starting points which are open to personal interpretation.  Students will have 6 weeks to prepare for the controlled 10 hour exam, which is conducted over 2 - 3 days.

GCSE is graded 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.

Art Home Learning



Years 7 – 9 This travel photographer started creating stunning natural scenery using the things she found around the house. Try this yourself using a mobile phone. Feel free to email any photographs with me. Email:

Website: https://www.hou


Appropriate for all year groups. You can explore museums and galleries online. They are also offering virtual tours. Spend some time exploring these galleries. Select an artwork that you find particularly interesting. Draw the artwork and write about it, explaining why you like it.


Suitable for all year groups. Create insects from natural found objects. These can be from your garden or collected when on a walk.



Appropriate for all year groups. This website has a range of art tutorials that are child friendly. They include ‘How to draw…….’ Tutorials. These types of tutorials can also be accessed on many other sites.



Appropriate for all year groups. Tate modern kids has a variety of art ideas, quizzes and interactive art games. This will encourage creativity and increase awareness of artists.




Year 10 students.  Explore the ideas on this website and create an artwork inspired by these ideas.  Annotate your work and explain how and why you have made it. You could also build up your observational drawing skills. Possible things you could draw are: self-portraits, close-ups of facial features, hands, your room, your possessions, family members, pets, views from windows etc… Keep the work you produce safe as it could be added to your course work.  Share your work me via email and feel free to ask questions. Email:


Year 10 students. Explore the above website. Look at some of the Pop Art portrait lessons. You could try a portrait of yourself in a Pop Art style or create a Pop Art portrait of some one famous.


This is suitable for the whole family! Grayson Perry, famous artist, teaches the nation how to get in touch with their creativity during lockdown. This is a Channel 4 series.


Suitable for all year groups. Watch the above Youtube clip. Explore painting with coffee.


All year groups: This website has 100 silly drawing promts. Select the ones that appeal to you.

Other learning activities you could do with your child

Place some objects or toys close to a piece of paper so that they create a shadow. Draw around the shadows creating a scene. Add a background, colour and detail to your drawing.

  • Practise drawing from observation. Draw yourself, family members, pets, places or possessions.

  • Make a sculpture using recycled materials

  • Stone painting

  • Create a collage using magazines

  • Create a collage using things that you find around the house.

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