The art department aims to develop the technical, creative and imaginative talents of each student so that they experience a sense of wonder about art's processes, a knowledge of the art world and pride in what they create. Students are encouraged to take artistic risks, be self-motivated, work collaboratively and make individual aesthetic decisions.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

We love images; studying them and making them. The art department delivers a Key Stage 3 curriculum tailored to the needs of the students and designed to ensure that everyone makes good progress, regardless of their starting level. Our Fine Art activities include painting, drawing, photography, printing, sculpture, collage and digital imagery, and we also include elements of graphic design and fashion. Everyone is guided through carefully developed projects that range from Japanese art to junk sculpture, from portraits to fabric design, from fashion to poster design using a system called RED-P that develops the ability of students to be increasingly self-motivated.

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GCSE (Years 10 & 11)

Art is a popular subject at GCSE. It is ideal for any student who enjoys art and is good at it. Our love of studying and making images guarantees a creative environment in the art studio. We study the OCR Art and Design, Fine Art specification. This allows students to further develop creative skills as they assume greater responsibility for the development of projects. In Year 10, we focus on the mastery of drawing and painting skills as we embark on one coursework project. In Year 11 we complete two further large-scale projects and undertake the externally set task assignment.

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"Art develops spiritual values and contributes a wider understanding to the experience of life which helps to build a balanced personality." Bridget Riley, Painter

Annual Trips

Year GroupVenueTerm/Month
7Tate BritainJune
8National Portrait GallerySummer
9Tate ModernSpring
10Victoria and Albert MuseumSpring
Examination GroupSaatchi GalleryAutumn

Extra Curriculum

Year 13 ArtYear 7 ArtYear 7 ArtClubDayTime
GCSE after-school clubTuesdays3.40 - 4.40pm
Gifted & Talented club for those excelling in artThursdays3.40 - 4.40pm
Lunchtime catch-up club for year 9Wednesdays12.50 - 1.40pm