Art and Technology

The Faculty encompasses two subject areas; Art and Design Technology.

Each subject is taught in specialist accommodation on different parts of the school site:

Art in three well equipped studio classrooms and Photography in an excellent large darkroom

Design Technology in four rooms dedicated to Food Technology, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics and Child Development (studied at KS4 as an option)

Each subject is staffed by subject specialists dedicated to delivering exciting and challenging learning experiences for the students. As a team we support and share ideas through regular formal meetings and informal opportunities. The mix of subjects means that there are always lively debates about learning and every teacher in the Faculty has the opportunity to share aspects of good practice.

The Faculty aims to teach Key Stage 3 and Examination courses through a wide range of exciting and diverse project themes. We are proud of the enthusiasm and achievement of our students at every school level. Each subject area achieves excellent examination results usually well above the national average for similar schools.

In addition, the Faculty organises a wide range of extra curricular activities. There are trips organised to national and local Art galleries and the Design Technology department engage in a range of STEM activities.


Teaching Groups

KS3 – all teaching in years 7, 8 and 9 is in mixed ability groups. In Years 7, 8 and 9 the students are taught in teaching groups and have two hours of Art per fortnight. The curriculum is rewritten each year so that students have constantly changing and evolving projects to work on. Although drawing is integral to all work students have the chance to learn painting, printing and three dimensional studies in each year. Looking at the work of other artists is an important part of the KS3 course and all students learn how to respond to this practically and using the written word. A major focus for us this year is to support the work that is being done throughout the school on improving literacy standards. All of our lessons start with an emphasis on learning two new Art terms so that correct spelling and meaning are covered.

Curriculum Outline

KS3 projects are theme based and are aimed at building a range of practical skills throughout the three years. Students are encouraged to learn to look at things with an analytical eye and respond to aspects that are connected with their own identity and also that of others. Working as individulas, in pairs and as part of a team occurs in every lesson.

KS4 students who opt for Art and Design follow the OCR Fine Art syllabus. They produce a theme based project for their Controlled Assessment (60% of the total marks) and a Set Task (40%). In 2014 95% of students achieved A*-C and 53% achieved A*/A.

KS5 – Students who have done particularly well at GCSE progress onto A level where they study OCR Fine Art or AQA Art; Photography. Students have done consistently well in both A level subjects and many go on to study Arts based courses to degree level and beyond.

Design Technology

Teaching Groups

KS3 – In years 7 and 8 students are taught in teaching groups. During the fortnight cycle they experience three hours of Design Technology, and during the year they move through Food, Textiles and Product Design that is based around using Resistant Materials. In Year 9 students have DT for appoximately 18 weeks where they have four hours per fortnight. Students DT time is split between Textiles and Food.

Design Technology KS3 Scheme of Work

Year 7

1. Food – 'Healthy Packed Meal', all students make apple and sultana crumble, cheese or fruit scones, chilled lemon flan and their own design for a healthy packed meal.
2. Textiles – Designing and making cushions.
3. Product Design – Designing and making a pencil sharpener that looks like a bird box.

Year 8

1. Food – 'The Café', all students cook carrot muffins, macaroni cheese and spaghetti bolognaise and design their own dish for a cafe.
2. Textiles – Designing and making a recycled sock animal.
3. Product Design – Designing and making pewter cast jewellery.

Year 9

1. Food – 'Food around the World', all students cook bread, a pasta dish, risotto and design and make a main meal from a country of their choice.
2. Textiles – Designing and making a display dress piece

KS4 – Students are offered the opportunity to study Food, Textiles, Product Design and Child Development; Textiles and Child Development are very popular options. Textiles and Product Design follow the AQA syllabus, Child Development the OCR syllabu and catering WJEC syllabus.

KS5 – Textiles A level is currently offered for those students who do particularly well at GCSE level.