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School LogoWelcome to the department

This is a small but well-established and thriving department, which places a heavy emphasis on establishing good, friendly, supportive relations with students of all ages and abilities who pass through the department.  Art is a means for educating, not just an isolated educational subject.


Mr P Barton – Head of Department
Mr P Smith
Mrs S Barton
Mrs N Berry

artworkpage1Department Aims

  • To provide a stimulating, secure and professional learning environment through which students gain and extend experiences and artistic competencies, are able to express themselves, develop confidence and a sense of achievement that will enable them to contribute positively to the world around them.
  • All students undertake a combination of courses, which aim to offer a broad range of experiences in both 2 and 3 Dimensions.

Furthermore we aim to;-

  • encourage the development of intuitive, analytical, critical and evaluative skills in students;
  •  develop personal attributes of initiative, ingenuity, enquiry, commitment, cooperation, sensitivity and motivation.
  • promote knowledge, awareness and appreciation of art history, cultural influences and effective design in our society;
  • encourage an experimental and inquiring approach to art work;
  •  provide the opportunity to allow students to experience and develop a range of technical and manipulative skills in order to enable individuals to realise their creative intention through a wide range of materials;
  • equip students with a working vocabulary in order to communicate their intent effectively.
  •  develop an awareness within individuals as to the relationship between school based Art and Design activities and the world of industry and work.
  • artworkpage2enable individuals to build on knowledge and experiences acquired throughout the school curriculum, further to transfer skills and knowledge gained to other subject areas.
  • ensure continuity, coherence, relevance and progression from Primary school, through years 7 to 11 and post
  • develop relationships between IT and areas of the Art and Design process.
  • monitor, assess and report on individual student performance in art and design activities, using systems that acknowledge both process and final realisation through a combination of assessment methods.