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Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

The Art & Design department has the specialist staff, facilities and resources to provide opportunities for pupils to increasingly develop their creative confidence, through being taught different ways in which they can design and develop a range of creative outcomes and personal ideas.

Pupils should learn how to make individual choices, improve their creative and technical skills and gain mastery of specific techniques as they increase proficiency in the execution of their techniques.

They are taught how to broaden their critical and technical language and develop an appreciation of the contributions of significant artists, designers, architects and craftspeople. This understanding can be used to inform specific developments and improvements in their own work.

The themes and projects set are subject to change in order that we can respond to whole school developments or involvement in community projects, competitions, exhibitions etc

KS3 Art

At Key stage 3 pupils are taught:

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • to use a range of techniques and media, including drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen their understanding and the visual impact or applications of their work
  • about the history or context of art, craft & design, including styles and major movements from different times and cultures up to the present day

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Typical projects relate to THEMSELVES & NATURE Typical projects relate to HUMANS & ANIMALS Typical projects relate to SOCIETY & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Emphasis on tone and colour Emphasis on texture/ colour/ form & shape Emphasis on pattern/ abstraction/ perspective/ depth
Self portrait

Africa project spring term - African pots / Ndebele

Buildings / Architecture

Natural / plant forms / close up


Urban / local landscape

3D work eg. Faberge Eggs, Decorative pots, with own designs


Machinery / manmade / music / musical instruments

Introducing Key words

Human figure

Food / Cakes / packaging / consumerism / self image


Puppet heads, gargoyles, masks


Contextual studies:

Realism / design in other cultures / O’Keeffe / Opie / Cezanne / Van Gogh / Rembrandt

Contextual studies:

Futurism / Severini / Balla / Lautrec / Degas / Moore / African Art / Aboriginal Art

Contextual studies:

Pop Art / Cubism / Surrealism / Impressionism / Fauvism / Futurism Abstraction / Caulfield Craig-Martin / Thiebaud / Oldenburg

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS4 Art & Design GCSE

Click here for the Edexcel Art & Design GCSE webpage

Please see below for the KS4 GCSE Edexcel Art Specification 1FA0.

The Art GCSE course offers students the opportunity to develop their creative ideas and practical skills in a variety of ways. Painting, drawing, collage printmaking, textiles, ceramics and sculpture are the main areas of activity alongside studying the work of other artists. The projects are more open-ended than at KS3 and allow the students to explore more individual ideas and particular techniques, but are linked by the overarching theme of SIMILARITIES and DIFFERENCES.

Students are expected to keep a sketchbook or work journal that supports each project and should be able to continue work at home. All coursework and the mock exam work completed in years 10 and 11 become their personal portfolio and contribute to the final GCSE grade.

In Year 11 from January onwards the students work on their externally set exam assignment and prepare for their final exhibition.

It is essential that all four Assessment Objectives are met by each unit of work and the final GCSE grade is weighted as follows:

60% Personal Portfolio and 40% on the Externally Set Assignment

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS5 Art & Design: Fine Art Endorsed A Level

Please click here for the Edexcel Fine Art Endorsed webpage.

Please see below for the Edexcel Fine Art Specification 9FA0

Course Length: A level 2 years

Student Course Criteria

Students who have a proven interest and aptitude in art and design and wish to further develop their ideas, skills and knowledge. Also, for those students who are thinking about careers for which an art background would be relevant.

Course Overview

You will develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way using a variety of materials and techniques. You will develop your experimental, analytical and documenting skills together with your knowledge and understanding of art and design in historical and contemporary contexts.

Course Assessment

2 units over the two years for A Level:

Component 1 – Coursework 60%

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment 40%

Further Opportunities Following this Course

Students often go on to further studies in art and design, usually at Art College or further education. These studies lead to many related careers, which might include graphics, advertising, publishing, fashion, textiles, architecture, interior & industrial design and other arts, crafts, gallery and museum work.

Securing a Place at Post-16

The best foundation for success in A level Art is a good grade (Level 6) at GCSE Art together with the enthusiasm, commitment and determination to develop your interests and abilities. Please refer to our entry policy.

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at or telephone 020 8363 3030.