Art, Design and Technology
The Art, Design and Technology Department aims to provide a stimulating and dynamic learning experience for all students. The Department’s highly successful teaching and learning approaches and curricula enable students to develop passion and expertise in a wide range of art and media.
GCSEs in Food and Nutrition, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products are also offered at KS4 and AS/A-Level Product Design at KS5.
The Art, Design and Technology Department is proud of the achievement of its students. In recent years all Art students at KS4 have gained their BTEC Certificate or Diploma, with 50% of Diploma students gaining Distinction grades.
KS4 results in Food and Nutrition, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products are strong, and KS5 results in both Art and Technology are above the national average. At the heart of our curriculum is an emphasis on creativity and personalised learning. We place a high value on each student's personal response.
Stimulating creativity and thought beyond the curriculum is an important focus for the Art, Design and Technology Department. We encourage students to enter local and national competitions, embed visits and trips to local places of interests and national art galleries and museums in the curriculum, hold an annual residential trip abroad, have regular visits from local and world famous artists and designers, publicly display and celebrate students’ successes and value the achievement and participation of all our students.
Accommodation, Resourcing and Facilities
The Department is housed in three suited areas with eleven classrooms. It is equipped with two dedicated computer suites with specialist ICT software and hardware.
The two Food and Nutrition rooms were completely refurbished in 2011. The Art Department is largely open plan with a purpose built gallery space to showcase students’ work.
Key Stage 3
Students learn in mixed ability groups and follow the National Curriculum. In Years 7 and 8 students are encouraged to learn and develop basic skills including personal learning and thinking skills. Students learn the basic language of design (line, shape, pattern, colour, form etc) and are introduced to relevant historical and cultural references.
Art and Technology projects are taught in six week rotations and include portraiture, abstract painting, tie-dyeing, weaving, mobile phone holders, MP3 players and a variety of cooking projects such as baking scones. Year 9 students choose three out of five Art and Technology options to study: Art and Design, Art/Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Food and Nutrition.
Key Stage 4
Students can choose to study the Level 2 BTEC First Certificate in Art & Design, Art/Textiles or Art/Graphics.
Students can also choose to study a GCSE in one of the three Technology subjects: Food and Nutrition, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials. We follow the AQA courses for each of these subjects ensuring stretch and challenge is embedded throughout. Practical work plays an integral part in class work and coursework is 60% of the final GCSE. A written exam is worth 40%.
Key Stage 5
A-Level 3 BTEC in Art & Design is a popular choice for students with a variety of art, textile and graphic specialist briefs to study. We also offer an AS/A-Level in Product Design.