The Art and Design Department is striving consistently to provide opportunities for students of all ability levels to participate in effective, high quality art education, across a range of activities and experiences. The Art staff are committed to this basic philosophy and in trying to achieve this objective there is a continuous review of our teaching and learning styles, resources and the breadth of study that we offer within the structure of the National Curriculum, both in KS3 and at examination level.

The Art Department has developed a wide range of new initiatives under Arts College Status. This includes working with the wider community, providing opportunities for local and regional artists to exhibit in our gallery, providing INSET for other staff and forging stronger links with our primary feeder schools through joint projects.

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Keystage 4

Art and Design – Students will submit practical art work and critical/contextual work in sculpture, photography, painting and art textiles. The course covers all disciplines offered in the Art Department.

Three-Dimensional Design (Ceramics) – Students will submit practical and critical/contextual work in visual research/design development and practical three-dimensional clay work which includes sculptural and functional methods of making.

Art Textiles – Students will submit practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of textiles such as: costume/fashion design, dyed and printed textiles, collage, appliqué and embroidery, and constructed textiles.

Photography – Students will submit a portfolio of photographs for their coursework with critical/contextual work looking at digital and experimental photography.