'Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.'

Cecil Beaton


Art and Design is a practical and creative subject that aims to develop fine art skills over time, together with a critical knowledge and understanding of different artist’s works.

Students will be assessed through topics developing the ability to handle materials, techniques and processes through the four key areas;

1. Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

2. Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

3. Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

4. Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

As students progress through the key stages, they will develop sketchbook/portfolio work that is broken up into topics. Each topic is assessed on key pieces and students given regular feedback and advice to act on consolidating key knowledge, skills and techniques.

Through practical skills and experimentation of media students should actively engage in the creative process of art craft and design in order to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

Students should develop an appreciation of different approaches of recording images such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination, together with an appreciation of different ways of working with creative techniques, processes and skills.

Students aim to produce portfolios of work that demonstrate varied use of media, together with independent and creative ideas. They are encouraged to develop skills and techniques within pieces of work that reflect their understanding of the world around them.


Each department has carefully developed curriculum plans in line with our curriculum intent. The curriculum overview for each year group in this subject can be found below.

Art - Year 7 Colour Unit

Art - Year 7 Underwater Unit

Art - Year 8 Landscape Unit

Art - Year 8 Pop Art Unit

Art - Year 9 Keith Haring Unit

Art - Year 9 Antoni Gaudi Unit

Art - Year 9 Natural Forms Unit

Art - Year 10 Portraits & Figure Unit

Art - Year 10 Water Unit

Art - Years 10 & 11 Art Textiles

Art - Year 11 Fine Art Portraits