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Art is taught by the following members of staff ;

Mrs Stones
Head of Department (B A Hons) Ceramics and Glass / PGCE
Mrs G Grant Deputy Headteacher
Mr G Burnett Product Design & Art
Ms E Greatbanks Art & Textiles (B A Hons) Textiles
Mrs J Walker Technical support (NHD) Ceramics


The study of Art and Design enriches the lives of our pupils by developing their visual perception and aesthetic experience. It is both a form of communication and a means of expressing ideas and feelings, whilst offering opportunities equivalent in importance to literacy and numeracy in a child’s development.

The aims of the Art and Design Department are:

  • To enable pupils to become visually literate: to use and understand Art as a form of visual and tactile communication and to have confidence and competence in reading and evaluating visual images and artefacts.
  • To develop particular creative and technical skills so that ideas can be realised and artefacts produced.
  • To develop pupils’ aesthetic sensibilities and enable them to make informed judgements about art.
  • To develop pupils’ capacity for imaginative and original thought and experimentation.
  • To develop pupils’ capacity to learn about and observe the world in which they live.
  • To develop pupils’ ability to articulate and communicate ideas, opinions and feeling about their own work and that of others.
  • To develop pupils’ ability to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers and to respond thoughtfully, critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects of many kinds and from many cultures.
  • To develop pupils’ enthusiasm about Art and Design and encourage their capacity to enjoy art within society.

Objectives in the Study of Art

In relation to National Curriculum orders and to the stated aims of the department, the practice of art should:

  • Introduce a range of two and three dimensional art, craft and design activities in a systematic way which encourages confidence and progression in both understanding and skill, incorporating both attainment targets.
  • Provide opportunity for creative responses to a variety of starting points, and encourage selection and control of appropriate tools and materials.
  • Allow time and space for experimenting with materials and ideas in a creative environment.
  • Encourage skills of observation and recording from a variety of natural and made sources, and to understand how such skills are applied in a variety of contexts.
  • Create opportunity to address design issues from concept to realisation through appropriate challenges.
  • Recognise and use the usual elements in carrying out a range of clearly targeted and appropriately resourced tasks.
  • Consider works of art, craft and design from a wide range of times and cultures, and where possible relate them to practical activities and other forms of response.
  • Provide opportunity to discuss and review their own work and that of others, which can include evaluation and assessment where appropriate.

The Syllabus

In keeping with the requirements of the National Curriculum pupils will be introduced to a broad and balanced programme of Art, Craft and Design activities within the department. Pupils follow carefully structured schemes of work that address the key requirements of the Attainment Target: Investigation and Making which includes exploring and developing ideas and evaluating and developing work. Knowledge and understanding informs this process.

Pupils’ understanding, skill levels and enjoyment of this subject area is seen as a progressive development with each project building on and developing previous learning. The course whilst having a distinct structure that accommodates for developing skill levels in a range of media, understanding of the visual elements and critical studies, also allows for some flexibility on the part of pupils and staffs to make individual responses within this framework in order to maintain a lively, dynamic, ever changing art curriculum.


Homework is any kind of work task set to be completed outside of the timetabled lesson.  It forms a structured part of each pupil's learning experience and bears a strong relationship to ongoing schemes of work.

Homework in art and design provides opportunities for ;

  • Encouraging independent study and it's associate self discipline, perseverence, initiative and personal organisation.
  • Practice and reinforcement of curricular skills learnt in class.
  • Completion and extension of tasks began in class.
  • Preparation for work to be undertaken in lessons.
  • Preparing for examinations.
  • Use of resources and information not accessible within the classroom, exploiting materials and sources in the environment outside school.
  • Encouraging personal interest and pleasure.

The form of homework will depend upon the scheme of work and will reflect the purposes set out above.  It might therefore include such activities as ; 

  • research (visual and written), observing, sketching, recording, finding and collecting, designing, experimenting and learning.

Differentiation is accommodated within the set tasks, which allow for a variety of quality, extent and depth of responses.  Homework sheets and resource packs have been developed where appropriate to support students giving them clear information to work from.

Homework is set in line with the homework timetable; fortnightly at key stage three and weekly at key stage four.    

 Equipment List

Students should arrive prepared for a lesson in Art and Design with a pencil, rubber and sharpener. All other Art resources are provided, however students will need to bring an APRON to their Art lessons. A simple art set will help pupils in completing homework tasks (pencils, crayons, paint, brushes, scissors and glue).