• Art 2017

Art and Photography

Art encourages imagination and self-expression, alongside a greater understanding of design and culture that gives historical and societal context to the world around us. 

Art lessons provide skills that are in high demand - with many employers looking for people who are ideas-driven and creative. Mastering artistic skills demands patience, discipline and an investigative mind-set, qualities that are widely applicable to a range of other subjects and careers. 

Our expansive curriculum is varied and designed to engage learners with a range of interests and abilities. We cover a broad range of cultural movements and artists as well as an array of techniques and mediums. This inspires students to place their own creativity in a wider context. 

The learners are given personalised support to learn new skills, with formal drawing underpinning everything we do. We see a great sense of achievement when learners use these skills to create their own unique pieces. 

We have excellent partnerships in the local area which ensures that learners  view art as something relevant to their own community. 

Our art lessons help students become more confident, analytical and creative. These skills are applicable to the modern world of design, fashion, art, tech and many other sectors. 



At Key Stage 3 pupils embark on a series of focused month-long projects, which enable them to develop a critical understanding of a broad range of artists and designers, including ancient civilisations, renaissance masters, 20th century artists and contemporary practitioners. This allows students to see the scope of human creativity and make connections between themes and methods, as well as building a repertoire of practical skills and techniques.

While pupils explore a broad range of media in lessons, formal drawing remains a focus and homework is an important tool in promoting this discipline. Homework tasks are set regularly and differentiated for ability ensuring pupils are suitably stretched and challenged. These drawing skills are regularly assessed with clear unambiguous success criteria and effective feedback.

Lessons are complimented by after school clubs and disparate activities to mark black history and LGBT month, as well as opportunities to enter local and national art competitions.




Building on the critical thinking and practical skills established at Key Stage 3, the GCSE course focuses on students’ ability to develop ideas through sustained investigations. Students refine and develop their work through experimentation and iteration; developing the skills to realise their creative intentions and produce personal and meaningful outcomes.

Formal drawing skills remain high on the agenda, as well as students’ ability to communicate their observations and insights through annotation, using specialist terminology.

The course is structured into four sustained projects: mixed media, clay, self-portrait and the exam question.

The mixed media project explores social and political themes through the satire and protest found in street art, while experimenting with media. The clay project provides a more meditative experience as students recreate the textures and structures found at the bottom of the sea in clay under the guidance of our resident ceramicist expert. The self-portrait project is the perfect vehicle for spiritual and self-expression. Once students reach the exam question they are equipped with the confidence and skillset to respond to a question of their choosing resulting in original and distinct investigations and outcomes

The students have the opportunity to visit London galleries and attend workshops run by local artists. This helps them engage first-hand with artwork, furthering their research and understanding.

Students are able to track their progress using personal learning checklists which provide them with clear next steps for improvement and after school and lunchtime sessions provide additional space for support and intervention.



AS and A2 Art