Art and Design

Art is taught across the school, all students have a least two lessons a week. Art lessons are delivered by N Concannon with support in Key Stage 4 provided by C Doherty.

The course is designed to give students the experience of working in a variety of media; this includes printing, pottery, collage, batik and reliefs.

Students are encouraged to improve their observational drawing skills throughout the course.


Year 7 have been studying colour, aboriginal art and the work of matisse and have created personal responses to these projects.

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Year 8 have looked at the work of Keith Haring and African art.

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Year 9 have completed a project on portraits, pop art leading to a trip to Tate gallery.

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Students work in a sketch book where they can experiment with different media and colours. The sketch book should show how their ideas develop. As they progress through the years students work with increasing levels of independence.

Students research work by other artists and from different cultures. This research is then used to inform their own work. Students are supported in developing their subject specific vocabulary and use this when annotating their work.

Photography and ICT skills are used throughout the course. The department has recently purchased an iPad to further enhance their work.

Visits are arranged to the Local Art galleries, for example The Tate.

In Year 10 and 11 students follow an externally accredited Art and Design course.

Last year all Year 11 students achieved a GCSE grade of G or above.


Some students entered into an art competition and submitted their own DotArt entries and where judged ‘their panel of experts’ The winners have been chosen so follow the link and see if your child has entered and to also see their fantastic artwork.

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Useful Links

Below are some useful website links.

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Tate Kids is a dedicated website from Tate for kids about art. Here kids can play games and quizzes, watch videos about art and be inspired to make their own creations at home. Kids can also share their own artwork with other children around the world in the Gallery.

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Official Keith Haring website for children: fun interactive activities to inspire a love of learning and art, online books, authorised art shows, appropriate for children. The website also offers Teachers, Parents and Students, resources for enriching, explorative lessons for all ages and fields of study.

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Artyfactory offers free art lessons for all. Our aim is to share our knowledge, understanding and experience of art to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.