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Art & Design is a vibrant and exciting department within school. It has excellent examination results and many students make good use of the Art room studios at lunchtimes and afterschool til 4:30pm (please check availability with Art staff)

Students who study art and design become creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, resilient and determined workers,  all essential skills for our current economic climate.

Curriculum Offered:

Year 9 

This is a ‘foundation’ year for GCSE Art & Design, where students practice and build on core skills. Eg Visual elements, theory and practice, Investigation of practioners and exploring different media and materials for different effects and purposes.

Year 10 & 11 

We follow a broad  Art & Design GCSE curriculum with view to students producing work for AQA exam board GCSE.


Students can study one or two different A Levels in the Art Department.
We offer A Level Art (Art, Craft & Design) a broad-based course incorporating drawing, painting, creative design, use of a range of materials and techniques.
We also offer A level Photography, which is mainly digitally based, using studio and location work in innovative ways. Exam Board is AQA


Art Club: available as drop in at lunchtimes and after school til 4:30pm only. Please check availability of teachers after school, as on occasions  they may be no art club.

Visits: Y10 GCSE and Y12/13 students get chances to go to national and local galleries to see first hand artworks, eg London, Liverpool, Birmingham.

We also look out for any enrichment opportunities to help students eg clay workshops.

We have run overseas visits to New York for 6th form and may do similar in the future, subject to gaining appropriate approvals and interest.

Life drawing: 6th formers may opt to do a couple of days life drawing to develop own skills for portfolios

Careers guidance: The Art staff assist with portfolio management and carerr options are highlighted throughout courses. EG ‘Create your futures’ by UCAS.

Our greatest asset is out ‘past students’ who come back to share experiences with others, eg Architects, illustrators, photographers etc.

Artists in residence: occasionally we have opportunities to work with groups of students and artists to develop new skills

Aims of the department:

  • To develop a deep understanding and appreciation of Visual Literacy, to express and communicate own ideas.
  • To encourage risk taking, with failure and being part of that process
  • To develop a strong artistic curiosity with resilience and sustained practice at the centre.
  • To encourage innovative, inquisitive and entrepreneurial learners in a world with varied and changing career prospects.

Contact Details:

Mrs L Derby, Head of Art & Design Department

Mrs D Cornell, Co-ordinator of Applied/BTEC Art & Design and  Teacher of Art

Mr Robinson, White Teacher of Art & Photography

Sarah Plant   Art Technician


If you wish to contact any of the Art staff please do so via the school office phone/email.  

updated September 2018