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Art and Design Department


“There is nothing more interesting than people. One paints and One draws to learn to see people, to see oneself. When I worked at the painting War and Peace and the series of these drawings, I picked up my sketchbooks daily, telling myself,

“What will I learn of myself that I didn’t know?”




Staff List : From September 2012

  • Craig Christmas -Subject Leader – Art and Design
  • Elizabeth Law – Teacher of Art and Design

Carolyn Doamekpor - Line Manager for Art and Design



• The Department’s purpose is to enable pupils to explore and express concepts, materials, imagination and feelings. Art education will be provided according to the individual needs and abilities of pupils, and the balanced curriculum will provide a broad base to enable pupils to fulfil their potential. Pedagogic approaches will largely be based upon practical work designed to develop a variety of skills, but we also recognise and value class discussion and individual research and writing on Art History and popular culture.

Therefore, we aim to deliver a curriculum, which encourages broader skills of investigation, problem solving, critical thinking and communication as well as the ability to co-operate with others and to manage and improve own learning.

The Art department hopes to develop in pupils an understanding and a sense of value in what they see around them. We also hope to allow pupils to foster a sense of worth and knowledge of themselves, others and the environment, leading towards a sensitive and tolerant awareness of their own and others’ culture and heritage.

Schemes of work will be reviewed and updated regularly to meet the changing requirements of pupils and demands of society, always keeping in mind the need to reconcile planning for coverage with planning for progression.

we seek to raise the profile of the Visual Arts in the school and to stress its essential role in the development of the whole person.


  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to Art and Design and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • To value each individual and so encourage each student to feel the value and worth of others. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of Race, Gender and Ability with tolerance and insight. 
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments free from prejudicial intolerance. 
  •  To enable students to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work
  • To develop creativity and imagination through a range of media and processes
  • To improve the students ability to control materials, tools and techniques
  • To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of Art and Design in History. Students to complete writing frames, looking at the History of Art.
  • To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers by attending School trips to galleries and museums, visiting Artists, workshops e.t.c


  •  To use all information and resources available to ensure students achieve their potential. 


Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

Course content:

Students are introduced to a range of skills, techniques and media. They are encouraged to use observational and imaginative drawings using line, tone, shape and space. They will compare Artists’ drawing techniques to analyse and modify their own work. Pupils are also encouraged to gain confidence when discussing the work of others and that of their own practice.

Pupils are to use technical skills, able to work independently, use specialist vocabulary, understand artists’ work from different cultures and review/modify own.

A few examples of scheme of work include:

  • The Renaissance and basic skills
  • Cultures of the world, including, Africa, Mexico, Japan
  • Environment and nature. Rousseau, Impressionism, Matisse
  • Music and Art. Kandinsky, Matisse, Picasso, Braque


Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

At GCSE level, students will use their creative and imaginative ability and the practical skills for engaging with and for communicating and expressing original ideas, feelings and meanings in Art, Craft and Design.

They will investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence.

They must show cultural knowledge and understanding of Art, Craft and Design and of the media and technologies used in different times, contexts and societies.

Students will possess personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

They will refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials and processes.

Students must present a personal, informed and meaningful response, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.


KS4 exams

GSCE Art students are expected to complete a controlled 10 hour mock exam, which will contribute to their coursework folders.

Year 11 students should complete a 10 hour mock exam in the autumn term and will sit their real exam in the summer term.

All pupils will be given up to 6 weeks to plan and prepare for their exam. All assessment objectives must be evident with in their exam prep.


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