Head of Department: Mrs Stephanie Warley
Engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will be able to think creatively and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They will learn how Art and Design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture and wealth of the nation.
The curriculum scaffolds learning for students through the keystages with the development of technical skills and processes alongside a strong importance placed on contextual studies. Allowing for a wealth of experience within different disciplines of Art, craft and Design, linking to future career opportunities and a lifelong appreciation of the visual Arts. Students are challenged with practical and contextual work that encourages them to think independently and make decisions and build their skills in the 4 core skills enabling smooth transition between keystages. Throughout each project students become adept at developing ideas, experimenting with materials, refining techniques, recording through visual or written form and presenting outcomes of value.
The Art department is mainly accomidated in the Newton Block and comprises:
One main art room and a Sixth Form area where Fine Art practices including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking take place.
Sixth Form extended study rooms.
And one room in the former Church Hall.
There are exhibitions of examination work throughout the department and around the school enriching the student experience.
At GCSE and A level, students are given the opportunity to further develop their interest and abilities within a Fine Art and Digital Art specialism, with a large proportion of A level students choosing Degree or Foundation courses in Art for post 18 education.