Purpose of Study

“Art encourages children to think, developing skills and confidence as they go” - Mary Ann F. Kohl

Our purpose is to provide students with opportunities to be independent, creative and explorative practitioners. Students develop an understanding of how Art and Design practices influence our everyday lives through the study of contextual knowledge and skills based activities.

 CJP 9658

About the Department

The art department consists of three full-time teachers with skills in fine art, photography and digital processes, textiles and 3D work. There are three dedicated art rooms in school with access to up-to-the-minute digital equipment. Year 7 and 8 students are taught over one lesson a week. Students who opt to take art or photography as a GCSE subject are taught over three lessons a week. Students work in sketchbooks where they record all their classwork and homework. They learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, sculpture and alternative digital recordings using Photoshop. Pupils also  learn about the art, craft and design of different periods and cultures. This helps pupils to understand the context/s in which the work/s was, or are created.

Extra- Curricular Activities

The department runs a lunchtime art club everyday for students of all year groups and abilities to develop and expand their art skills. The department runs trips to exhibitions and provide specific workshops run by resident artists for GCSE students to enhance their portfolios. The team also enter student work in range of art and photographic competitions with great success over recent years.


Essential Mix is the key knowledge and skills that a Year 7 or 8 student must have mastered to progress to the following year.

Click on the link below to view the art Year 7 Essential Mix:


Click on the link below to view the art Year 8 Essential Mix:



These are the courses run by art for Years 9, 10 and 11. The links take you to the specifications of those courses.

GCSE Art & Design (AQA)

GCSE Photography (AQA)

GCSE Textiles (AQA)