Art and Technology

As a department, we place creativity firmly at the heart of the subject. We aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions and to be able to express their ideas visually.We have made a significant contribution to the KS3 Skills for Life curriculum that is running 2017-18.



In Year 7, students are taught the visual language of Art and Design through the promotion of skills, knowledge and understanding. Art themes such as Portraiture, Landscapes and Art movements are introduced to encourage students to recognise, employ and appreciate the formal elements: Tone, Line, Shape, Pattern, Colour, Texture and Form. Students are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials using different tools and techniques which include paint, collage, printmaking, ICT, clay and sculpture. They are introduced to the use of sketchbooks and are encouraged to use them to record observations and gather resources to help stimulate and develop imaginative ideas. In Year 8, students have the opportunity to build on skills, understanding and knowledge of Year 7 and to reinforce their visual vocabulary.  The Year 9 Art course enables pupils to draw on skills by recording observations, analysing and evaluating images, objects and artefacts and by developing and exploring ideas.


Students will complete the GCSE in Art and Design.

Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the following methods and materials throughout the 2 year course:

  • form, tone, texture and shape
  • the different purposes of mark-making
  • the relationships between hues, tints, tones and value
  • the use of a range of tools and surfaces such as brushes, knives, sponges, fingers and rags, papers, card, canvas
  • some of the following materials – graphite, wax crayon, oil pastel, soft pastel, aquarelle, charcoal, ink, chalk, conté crayon, paint and dyes
  • work in one of the following – figurative, representational, abstract
  • contextual connections between their work and the work of others, extracting and using meaningful information
  • technical skills in an appropriate range of media. 

The course is assessed through controlled assessments and a final examination.

GCSE Art Overview

Design Technology


Students will complete the Design & Technology GCSE in Graphics.

This course enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.

Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

This course has 50 per cent controlled assessment and therefore a reflective proportion of curriculum time will be used to prepare for this element.

The course is assessed through controlled assessments and a final examination.