Art and Design

Art and Design

Art is a fascinating  and complex discipline, which naturally lends itself to cross curriculum collaborations. A solid start in Art and Design provides a person with creative problem solving skills and resilience. We value Art and Design as an important part of the student’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides students with opportunities to develop and extend skills, as well as express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality Art and Design education should 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 should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They should also know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  1.  To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.  To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  3.  About great artists, architects and designers in history.

Art and Design Curriculum Video

Learning Journey 2024


The course does require written analysis and evaluation. There is an emphasis on supporting studies: 75% of the marks for each project come from research, recording observations, developing ideas, analysing the work of other artists and showing evidence of experimenting with materials. The remaining 25% of the marks are awarded for the final outcomes. You must produce regular homework as part of your coursework. The exam board is EDEXCEL.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to experience a number of local and national trips and a foreign trip is offered (subject to availability) during the summer term of Year 10.

Future Careers

Gallery curator, art therapist, teacher, illustrator, auctioneer, conservator, fundraising, fashion, media, film, theatre