Through working in art, craft and design students become open to the excitement and inspiration offered by both the natural and man-made worlds. Through a range of processes, including drawing perceptively and creatively, students observe and investigate the world around them, inventing and visualising with increasing independence. They learn to appreciate the diversity of ideas and approaches to any given subject or theme.

The Art Department is constantly evolving, always keen to explore and discover new contemporary artists, designers, techniques and new ways of working; we in turn introduce this to the students, through exciting and varied schemes of work.

Students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to help them to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media throughout the Key Stages, which helps them to develop their confidence, imagination and most importantly their creativity.

Through a wide range of projects students learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. They learn how to research and present their work, how to experiment with and use a wide variety of materials and how to practise and perfect their technical skills. Students develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in their work.

At KS4 students can choose to study Art and Design G.C.S.E. We study an unendorsed course which allows freedom of expression through a variety of media. Historically we achieve 80%+ A*-C which is above the national average. We are proud of our department and pride ourselves in creating an exciting and diverse programme of study that meets the individual needs of our unique student’s creativity.