“Every child is an artist”

Creativity takes courage

If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all


Our vision is to inspire and challenge our students with an engaging, fun and diverse curriculum that offers a broad range of memorable experiences and exceptional progress through valued outcomes. They will be taught to investigate the world around them, and how to respond to it, creating works that demonstrate their love of the subject and high levels of engagement.

We want them to start by developing strong ideas through experimentation and exploration. This will prepare them for choosing from a broad range of creative specialist GCSE options helping them to fulfill their creative ambitions. 

Over the course of KS3 and KS4, we want them to develop expert knowledge about influential artists, designers, movements, mediums, techniques and to develop their skills from apprentice to master. 

We want them to have a deeper understanding of the context of the work and understand its cultural, social and political value, developing their spoken and written language through interpretation and appreciation. We want to enable them to have the Cultural Capital they need to progress within their future careers. 

We will embrace our students’ strengths and create an inclusive department that strives for outstanding examples of creativity, that show increasing confidence and self awareness, a willingness to take risks, demonstrates self reflection and metacognitive skills, confident outcomes through perceptive and highly discriminating thought process and thorough enquiry. It will encompass their strong work ethic, kindness and decency will be evident through genuine creativity and discovery.

Curriculum Intent

The Art and Design curriculum is divided into three main strands of learning: Create, Make and Evaluate. The subjects that we offer are a broad range of disciplines including Fine Art/Graphics, Photography, Architecture (3D Design), Fashion and Textiles. 

‘Practical knowledge’, Make which is about developing technical proficiency. We want them to explore and experiment, giving them the opportunity to create outcomes that they are proud of and enjoy making, becoming proficient in drawing and painting.

‘Theoretical knowledge’, Evaluate which is the cultural and contextual content that pupils learn about artists and artwork. Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. Know about great artists, craft-makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

‘Disciplinary knowledge’,Create which is where pupils learn about how art is studied, discussed and judged. Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

KS3 Years 7-9 Art

Yr7 Foundation skills in Art and design. Students experience an apprenticeship style course covering key practical skills, theoretical, disciplinary knowledge studying a range of artists and media. In year 8 students study a thematic project based on cultural diversity allowing them to experience pattern, print, symbolism, recording images and creating artifacts. Clay, ink, fabric, print and painting skills will be developed. Yr 9 is a year that focuses on GCSE transition. The students experience a full GCSE style project that allows them to develop a personal response. The first project combines Art and Textiles. The second project combines Architecture and photography. 

KS3 Architecture

KS3 Art and Design experience supports foundation skills for further study of Architecture at KS4 through the Future Worlds project in YR 9. Students will gain an understanding of drawing techniques, perspective and 3D digital modeling.

Further Information

All years after school club is on a Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm (Subject to change)

The Curriculum Team

Miss P Barron
Teacher of Art
Mrs S White
Subject Leader of Art and Photography
Mr P Plunkett
Subject Leader of Architecture