In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

The KS3 course supports the early development of students' visual literacy, so that they can appreciate and understand Art forms and engage in visual Art activities. The course aims to build solid foundations in order to give students the skills and understanding required to fully access and achieve success in the later Key stages. Emphasis is given to developing basic drawing and painting skills, learning about the work of key contemporary and historical artists and encouraging confidence and self-expression.


Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

The KS4 course continues to support the development of students' intellectual and analytical skills, encouraging appreciation of the ideas, beliefs and cultures of other people. Students have the opportunity to work with a wider range of materials and processes than at KS3 and are encouraged to develop their own starting points and briefs.


Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

The KS5 programme of study gives students the opportunity to build on their experiences at GCSE within a much more personal and independent journey. This process will be supported by the Art Staff, who will endeavour to tailor the course to individual skills and aptitude. Students will explore themes and contexts, informed by visits to galleries and museums, and then use this as a basis for developing practical Art and Design skills. Students will be given the opportunity to experiment with a range of 2D and 3D media to create large scale expressive pieces of Art.

Extended learning opportunities incl coursework  (website links)

Extended project details

Year 7 = Pattern: A pattern is made when a shape is repeated many times. Throughout history, pattern has been used to increase the value of objects and to display the skill of the craftsperson, eg painted on tiles, embroidered on fabric, printed on wallpaper, woven in carpets, inlaid in wood, carved in stone, etched in glass, engraved in metal, marked on skin. Look for examples of pattern at home and perhaps also around the local environment. Make studies of the patterns in your sketchbook. Try to identify if the patterns have been based on animals, plant forms or other objects. Can you identify the different materials and techniques found in the patterns and how they are used and combined, eg printed shapes on clay, engraved in wood.  Create artwork based on your pattern studies.

Year 8 = Landscape project: Explore the local landscape (or look out of your window!). Record your impressions in your sketchbook, eg sounds, temperature, wind directions, surfaces, natural environment, made features, flora. Record views and aspects of the landscape, eg explore the use of different viewpoints (look up or down a hill, use high or low horizon lines to emphasise sky or landforms), show the impact of industry on the landscape, represent unusual landscape forms, show the strangeness or power of natural phenomena. Create artwork based on your sketches,

Year 9 = Figures and movement: Research the work of different artists and photographers and identify a range of ways in which figures and forms in movement can be represented. Discuss the ways in which visual effects can be used to show movement. What appears to be happening in the picture? How are media and line, tone, shape and colour used to express the idea of movement? Make quick sketches of your family/friends while they are moving around the house or sketch from the TV. Use your sketches to create artwork which captures and expresses movement and time.