"A rich, eclectic array of media experimentation, coupled with strong, confident recording & independent research allowed candidates to develop ideas & take..."

A Level moderator’s report 2015



The overriding aim of the Art and Design department is to equip students with the necessary skills & tools to be able to express themselves creatively. We have the highest expectations of our students and hope to instil in them a high level of aspiration and determination coupled with an enjoyment of Art and Design. The department is situated in a specialist Art block and enjoys excellent facilities for drawing, painting, ceramics, print making and textiles including batik.



Key results for 2015-16 are as follows:

GCSE 100 % A*- C53.3% A*- A
AS Level80% A-B (53% national)
AS Level  60% A (25% national)
A2 Level  ALPS 2  100% A*- B (45.5% national)
A2 Level  67% A* (13.4% national)

Our curriculum is designed to broaden the creative experience of all pupils and to be as stimulating and exciting as possible. Students will learn about a diverse range of artists and styles from different times and cultures including current working practices. The curriculum will also serve to raise awareness of spiritual, moral, social and cultural values and encourage empathy and respect for diversity within our community.

Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 students will complete three projects each year. Each project will have a different theme and relevant artists and designers will be used to inspire students to create their own personal responses. A wide range of working practices will be covered including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, ceramics and computer art. There will be an emphasis on drawing throughout the course as this provides the foundations for all creative art activities.


Key Stage 4

We follow the AQA syllabus for Art & Design: Fine Art GCSE. This is a broad-based course which aims to improve skills and knowledge and offers opportunities to explore a wide range of art disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media and ceramics / sculpture. Students enjoy working in sketchbooks to research artists, develop and refine ideas and skills before producing exciting and personal responses as final pieces of work. 


Key Stage 5

We follow the AQA syllabus for Art & Design: Fine Art Advanced GCE. This is a broad-based course which aims to build upon and extend skills and knowledge acquired at GCSE level. Pupils have opportunities to work in a range of art disciplines as at GCSE, but are also encouraged to use transferrable skills from their other A’Levels which can lead to the making of short films or animation. Historical and Critical Studies are integral to the course.


Extra-Curricular & Trips

  • KS4 Art trips include Kew Gardens, National Portrait Gallery
  • KS5 Art Gallery visits including Tate, National Portrait / Saatchi
  • KS3 Art Club runs on Tuesday lunchtimes
  • KS4 Art catch up runs after school once or twice a week for the completion of coursework
  • Other opportunities : Make up for school productions / Set / Prop design

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