Internal Section Navigation

Art and Design

The Art Department comprises a suite of 2 well equipped studios which enable us to enjoy a large creative area with its own unique atmosphere.  Art is a popular subject taught by committed teachers whose aim is to nurture the unique qualities of individual student’s creativity.

 At Key Stage 3 we deliver a broad based course which enables students to experience as wide a range of materials, techniques and processes as possible. Students receive one hour per week of Art throughout the year.  Homework is an important part of our art education.  It is delivered in term length projects in which students have a lot of freedom to use materials they like and reference artists they like and follow their own inclination while being encouraged to be inventive and dynamic.

At Key Stage 4 students receive 5 lessons every 2 weeks. An exciting course is taught over the 2 years which considers different cultures, the past and present in the world of Art.  Lots of space is given to personal development both in creative terms and in understanding.  Drawing is the back bone of the course while sculpture, printmaking and painting form a large part of how students express their ideas.  Over the past few years between 70% and 82% of all students achieved a Grade ‘C’ or better in their GCSE Art Examination.

The Department’s creative influence extends well beyond the Art lessons with displays all over the school site, set designs, costume making, lunch time and after school clubs, lunch time ‘open studio’, trips to drawing destinations like Flatford, Duxford, and London Galleries, visits from further education establishments, hosting a big Art show once a year as well as participating in the Creative Art Faculty evenings. 

Art is a lively and fruitful area of the school curriculum and continues to extend and develop its effectiveness within the framework of the school’s development policy.

GCSE Art 2018