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The Art department offers a skills-based curriculum which is challenging and creative with an academic focus on Art history and Art literacy. The department gives students opportunities to visit Art galleries and produce work with visiting artists.

Years 7 and 8

Students are introduced to the history of art and are encouraged to develop their skills to create their own responses to artists and art movements. Students are then able to demonstrate the relationship between different art movements.

Year 9

The Art department offers a ‘Pre-GCSE’ course which gives our students the practical exam skills for the AQA GCSE Art and Design course and Art Textile Design course. Students produce a sketch book which demonstrates the following skills:

  • Observational drawing skills
  • Painting and Colour mixing
  • Printing and mark making
  • Sculpture in a range of materials
  • Stitch and embroidery
  • Textile surface design
  • Photography and photo manipulation
  • Digital Art

Students take part in an annual ‘Celebration of the Arts’ event in the summer. Friends, family and the local public are invited to view the student’s hard work and celebrate the successful work which has been created throughout the year.

Years 10 and 11

The Art department currently offers GCSE Art and Design and GCSE Textile Design. The courses are practical with a strong focus on 2D and 3D making which develop the skills which were introduced in Year 9. The students respond to all work in writing describing process and links to Artists. The students complete thematic projects where the students produce a body of work in response to a theme. Current themes include ‘Everyday’, ‘Fantasy and strange’, ‘Natural forms’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Themes are subject to change as they are constantly being updated to suit the learner’s needs. 60% (Unit 1) of the overall grade is coursework which is produced to an internally set theme and 40% (Unit 2) is coursework in response to an externally set theme.

Years 12 and 13

Our department offers AQA A level Art and Design Fine Art to our Key Stage 5 artists. Students study the course in Year 12 and 13 and are expected to produce high-quality work that is developed according to personal areas of interest based on Art movements and social cultural research. Students are taught to write an art critique and how to build a portfolio of work that can be used to help gain access to university courses, such as architecture, fashion design and Art foundation courses and graphic design.