Art & Design

Samantha Lawrence - Head of Art -

Mrs S Redmill - Teacher of Art

Mrs C Greatorex - Art Technician

Mrs C Johnson - Art Technician

Mrs T House - Art Technician

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Students in year 7 -9 will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of techniques and processes from printmaking , Digital art, ceramics and photography to name a few. With ambitious projects designed that challenge and develop our student’s skills and understanding of Art and how we can use it to question our environment. We look to prepare our students for GCSE and A-Level alongside nurturing Arts cultural importance and value

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Art is a creative subject in which you will respond independently to themes and questions. You will present your investigations in a sketchbook articulating visually your understanding and context of your work, researching Artists and information appropriate to your practice. You will visit London Galleries and a have the chance to go on a residential trip to St Ives, this residential will form the foundation of your Component 1. The portfolios themes will be a magazine project and a second project titled 'Coast.' These trips are a vital learning resource they inspire and inform ideas and responses developing students understanding of their subject in a wider context. You will have the full support of an experienced team of practitioners within their respective disciplines alongside a dedicated technical support team.


Art demands a commitment to question, reflect and learn new ways of seeing, engaging ideas and intentions.


The course is designed to develop your ability as a young Artist, questioning and reflecting on themes that will initially be set for you. The course will allow you to pursue and develop an idea creatively and confidently with the support of expert teaching staff.Your initial project will be based on the theme ‘Magazine’ this will start with a focus on digital development and you will learn to use all of the Adobe software, you will also explore photography, printmaking and drawing techniques and ways to develop a personal response to your chosen theme within the project, this will give you a comprehensive understanding of the assessment objectives. You will then independently work in response to your chosen theme to form a selection of visual and written starting points. This will ensure you understand the expectations of the subject and prepare you for your GCSE. You will also have a second more traditional project if you wish to pursue this direction, which will be based on the theme of Coast.

The course is made up of: Component 1: The Portfolio 60%which you will start at the end of year 10. This will be supported be a selection of supporting work. The course concludes with Component 2: An Externally Set Assignment in February 40%


ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVE 1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVE 2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVE 3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVE 4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

For more information on the GCSE course, please visit: AQA Art and Design 8201


Year 9 - Introduction to GCSE Art Craft and Design