Mrs K Withyman – Subject Leader
Miss L Ellis – Art Teacher  (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Mr R Butler – Art Teacher (Maternity Cover)
Miss J Harman – Art Technician

Brief overview of KS3

We aim to deliver an exciting and varied programme of Art, Craft and Design activities. Throughout Key Stage 3 there is a strong emphasis on observational work, contextual studies and personal development.

During year 7, students develop work which addresses the formal elements of line, shape, tone, pattern, texture and colour. During year 8, we explore new materials, approaches to composition and the development of ideas based work. In year 9, we look at more sophisticated techniques of applying materials, explore work of a social and moral nature, and generate individual and personal responses.

Pupils are given a sketchbook to use in class as well as independently. Pupils have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of 2D and 3D media.

In Craft lessons, pupils experiment with a range of materials including clay, mod-roc, paper mache, screen and lino printing to produce a range of aesthetically functional outcomes.

Brief overview of KS4

Pupils follow the EDEXCEL course. There are two examination groups in both year 10 and 11. Group sizes are approximately twenty and they receive five Art lessons a fortnight.

The course

In designing the course, the department attempts to cater for the needs of the individual, but within the framework of three main areas.

  1. Class-based activities.
  2. Home-based and location work.
  3. Contextual studies.

The individual student must show an understanding of the basic elements of line, shape, colour, form, tone, pattern and texture. The GCSE in Art and Design consists of two units.
UNIT 1 – Personal portfolio 60%
UNIT 2 – Externally set assignment.

GCSE Edexcel Link and Information

GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art (2FAO1)

GCSE Gallery

KS5 (2014/2015)

Pupils follow the OCR syllabus.


Candidates need to produce a portfolio of work which derives from themes determined by the school.

Component 1 – Externally set task (100% of AS Level)

For this unit, an early release question paper from the examination board will be given to the pupils (from January onwards).

The work from this unit has our elements.

  1. Develop
  2. Refine
  3. Record
  4. Present



Unit 1 – Coursework

Pupils produce a variety of work from a self-selected theme.

The work from this unit has four elements.

  1. Develop
  2. Refine
  3. Record
  4. Present

Unit 2 – Personal investigation, which includes a piece of sustained writing relating to the chosen theme.

Unit 3 – Controlled assignment.

Pupils produce an illustrated essay on an Artist or area in Art.
OCR A-Level Art

Extra Curricular Activities

The pupils have many opportunities to attend lunchtime and after school Art Clubs


Two lunchtimes every week.


Every lunchtime and after school.
(Except when there are scheduled meetings)

Craft Club

Pupils are able to access a range of textiles based activities. Runs on Wednesdays after school.

Photography Club

Photography club runs weekly after school on selected Wednesdays. Pupils are taught about the basic principles of photography and get to experiment with a range of digital and traditional media. They also get the opportunity to go out of school to see shows and take photographs.


The art department run regular trips to a variety of locations, including the London Tate galleries, the Saatchi Gallery, the Natural History Museum and a multitude of galleries based in Paris.