Welcome to the Art Department

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. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.


Key Stage 3

The curriculum should provide opportunites for pupils to:

  • work in, and across, the areas of fine art, craft and design, including both applied and fine art practices                                                                              
  • exploration of media, processes and techniques in 2D, 3D and new technologies
  • study of a range of artefacts from contemporary, historical, personal and cultural contexts
  • understanding of art, craft and design processes, associated equipment and safe working practices.


Key Stage 4

Pupils will be encouraged to research, develop and produce work at a personal level using a full range of media. The main areas of work could include:

  • Painting and drawing
  • 3D studies including card, wire, paper mache and plaster, etc.
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles

Examinations - GCSE using the OCR Examining Board

Assessment is as follows:

  • CONTROLLED COURSEWORK - 60% of available marks. A minimum of 1 unit selected work with preparatory studies
  • TERMINAL EXAMINATION - 40% of available marks. 1 unit of work with preparatory studies produced within a set period of time