Art and Design

Department vision

The Art department aims to develop students creative imaginative and practical skills whilst celebrating cultural diversity and enjoying the wealth of inspiration from the world around us. We provide a working atmosphere that enables each student to discover and develop their talents, interests and potential. The students experience a wide variety of traditional materials, new media and technologies.

Year 7

Year 7

The students will experience a broad range of media including painting, 3D construction, and printing. They work increasingly independently using a project theme for each term.

  • Egyptian, Aboriginal or other culture
  • Buildings
  •  Natural Form
  • Animals
  • Gardens

Year 8

Year 8

Revisit and extend the skills learnt in year 7, particularly looking at artists paintings as a starting point for a project. Using design skills from the world of fashion with 3d and paper mâché e.g. hats, shoes or masks. The final project in year 8 will aim to showcase the students own choice of media and independent interpretation of a theme.

  • Hats, shoes or masks
  • Surrealism
  • Still life
  • Vanitas
  • Myself

Year 9

Year 9

The students will develop skills and concepts to enable them to make links to a variety of cultures, artists and styles in order to respond in a meaningful personal approach to a project theme. The students will be offered a choice of media and work increasingly independently.

  • Adorn and Decorate

  • The Built Environment

  • Fantastic Form

Year 10

Year 10

We follow the AQA Art and Design course. We aim for 2 units of course work to be completed by the end of the course, one of which is from year 10. At the start of the year the students will experience a wide range of drawing and research skills, improving their practical application of media within a project. The concepts, ideas independence and personal individuality are key to developing the coursework portfolio for the remainder of the year. A visit to a gallery and/or working artist and designers make a contribution to the student’s coursework.

Year 11

Year 11

The main aim of the year is to make a coursework portfolio which shows the students range of skills and abilities to research ideas, develop concepts and make artefacts whilst appreciating the artistic context in which they are made. They then prove their skills, knowledge and understanding in the exam. It takes a term to explore and develop ideas and a 10 hour exam over several days.


Year 7-9 are assessed on 4 strands of experience.

  • Experiment and explore ideas and techniques.

  • Skill with handling of materials.

  • Context and culture.

  • Analysis and Evaluation.


GCSE and A level is assessed using exam board criteria using 4 assessment objectives. 60% is coursework and 40% externally set task (exam).

AO1 DEVELOP ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2 EXPERIMENT with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes reviewing and refine ideas as work develops.

AO3 RECORD in visual and/or other forms, ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect upon work and progress.

AO4 PRESENT a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Post 16 at WG6

The aims and objectives of the Advanced GCE in Art and Design are to enable students to develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities, explore personal interests and develop skills using a wide range of media and materials.

  • Fine art

  • Photography

Related careers

  • Graphic design

  • Fashion design

  • Stage/set design

  • Animation

  • Film maker

  • Photographer

  • Illustration

  • Interior design

  • Advertising and marketing

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