Art & Design

The Art, Craft and Design department is housed across four art studios that provide students with the opportunity to explore a broad range of techniques and processes in a spacious light environment.

Students are encouraged to develop their technical skills and experience art first hand in order to inform their own practise and be artists themselves.

The achievements of Macmillan artists are celebrated through the artist of the week accolade and regular exhibitions in the gallery space that runs through the heart of the department.


Students are encourage to develop through the use of the department initiative CREATE.

CREATE is used to inspire a dialogue createpromoting enquiry and learning.

The term create stands for:

  • C - concepts
  • R - research
  • E - experiment
  • A - analyse
  • T - techniques
  • E - exhibit

Students will use the model to support them explore art practically and critically and will be given feedback using the language within it.

Year 7 Topics

Term Topic
Autumn Portraits
Spring Rhythm and Rhyme
Summer Calligraphy

Year 8 Topics

Term Topic
Autumn Sculpture
Spring Contemporay Craft
Summer Art Super Heroes

Year 9 Topics

Term Topic
Autumn Mythical Creatures
Spring Landscapes
Summer Japanese Art

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students currently study the GCSE Art and Design awarded by AQA the course enables students to study and explore a broad range of visual arts encompassing painting, sculpture, textiles and photography. In year 10 students experience art and artefacts first hand through an educational visit to inspire their learning and exploration.

In year 11 students gain experience of working under examination conditions through the preparation of a project which concludes with the production of a final piece during a 5 hour mock examination. This prepare them for their Externally set Test (Examination) in the spring which results in a 10 hour time to produce and outcome.

Assessment for GCSE Art and Design unendorsed is as follows;

60% 40%
At the end of the course students submit a Portfolio of evidence to submit for formal assessment. The portfolio should represent roughly 45 hours of work and include the best examples from at least two projects. The remainder of marks at GCSE come from an Externally Set Task. This is a project set by the examination board. You'll have time to create a body of preparatory work - in a sketchbook or journal before spending 10 hours under examination conditions on a final piece.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

The department offers students the opportunity to study Art, Craft and Design at A Level awarded by AQA. Students are encouraged to develop their own practise whilst taking part in skills building workshops, artist residences and portfolio enhancing projects. Experiencing art first hand is at the heart of the department ethos and students are encouraged to visit galleries in their own time as well as on organised study visits.

  Portfolio Externally Set Task

Year 1

  • Skills Building,
    Gallery Visits,
    Establishing a Personal Practice
  • n/a - an internal mock examination will be issued.

Both your portfolio, personal investigation (coursewrok) and externally set task (examination) will be marked in the same way using four assessment objectives.

Year 2

Component 1 - Personal Investigation

Unlimited Time
60% of A-Level

Component 2 - Externally Set Task

Perparatory Period + 15 hours supervised time
40% of A-Level

Department Staff

The current exhibition showcases the Post 16 portfolio and examination work. Students organised and mounted their own exhibition. They have included context cards as found in galleries to inform viewers about the concept of their work. We are very proud of the diversity of the work.

Name Position
Mrs A Charlton Head of Art, Craft and Design
Mrs K Moore Teacher of Art, Craft and Design
Mr Hodgson Teacher of Art, Craft and Design
Mrs E Spencer Assistant to the Art, Craft and Design Department

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