The Art Department

Head of Art = Miss Hamilton




The art department consists currently of one teacher of Art. We have two fully equipped art rooms. In art we strive holistically to develop learner’s creativity and academic success.


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We currently deliver the AQA GCSE Art & Design specification which is assessed using the 1-9 number descriptors.

Learners have the opportunity to complete each unit of the GCSE course each year but the stimuli, artists and technical skills increase in challenge.

The art curriculum develops learners SMSC and allows learners to develop reflective thinking skills as well as their personal response to the world around them.


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Learners are assessed each half-term throughout KS3 (years 7-9) by a practical assessment.

At GCSE learners are assessed at the end of each component of work. They are frequently formatively assessed and receive written feedback at the end of each component of work using the 1-9 grading. However, verbal feedback is given every lesson to progress further.


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Home Learning


In years 7-9 learners receive a piece of home learning 3 times per half-term. This is usually in the form of research based imagery, art key word spellings or completion of a piece of art work.

GCSE learners receive homework once a week. This is usually gathering information about artists they wish to study, tonal drawings, media studies or completion of a piece of art work in their sketch book.


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Afterschool Sessions


There are portfolio sessions after school for GCSE learners with the class teacher. These take place every day of the week but Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be independent study with very little teacher support on these days.


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Enrichment Opportunities


The art department is passionate about enrichment opportunities. There is a weekly Art Club for learners to attend in KS3 and break and lunch times for GCSE learners to work on their portfolios.

There is also an opportunity for learners to get involved with the making of the Drama school production backdrop where they will design and paint this linking to the production theme. In previous years this has included Alice in Wonderland, Oliver – The Orphan Boy and Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Enchanted Rose.

There are several opportunities for enrichment trips and visits throughout the year. Yorkshire Sculpture park, Liverpool Tate art gallery visit and an educational overseas trip this academic year to Bilbao, Spain. 


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