The Visual Arts Department aims to provide all pupils with a rich and widely varied artistic experience which includes everyone, and encourages a lifelong enjoyment of the creative and the aesthetic.


Staff have high expectations of behaviour, effort and standards of work, and do their best to encourage students to do the very best that they can.

Art should be enjoyable and accessible for all students, providing a quality experience that can be life enhancing and enriching. The department aims to balance the development of technical skills and competence with a breadth and depth of provision that is inclusive and enriching.

Not all students will carry on their study of art, but all should be encouraged to enjoy the study that they undertake. To this end the work set is varied and involves ample opportunity for creativity and use of media and materials. The wide variety of experiences allows pupils to find a way of being successful in Art. Whilst the traditional skills of drawing and painting are important to development of the pupils as artists, the department strives to provide enriching experiences in which everyone can find some success.


  • To provide the widest possible range of practical and critical artistic experience
  • To balance the use of observation and imagination in the work produced
  • To ensure that pupils have an opportunity to explore ideas, feelings and meanings
  • To ensure each child has the opportunity to realise their potential and make the most of their strengths as an individual
  • To develop individuals’ confidence
  • To provide an environment where pupils find the creative process enjoyable and rewarding
  • To create an environment where pupils can take some risks creatively as part of the learning process
  • To develop the capacity for creative thought and action; the ability to innovate, initiate and make effective personal responses
  • To develop a ‘language’ which allows each pupil to express themselves in visual terms and communicate ideas
  • To ensure tolerance of others and respect for ideas and opinions
  • To develop an understanding of cultural change and difference. To recognise and appreciate the richness and variety of Art within other cultures
  • To develop the ability to assess social, moral, ethical and aesthetic values through the practice and appreciation of Art and Design
  • To develop social skills and understanding through shared experiences
  • To develop, through Art and Design, discipline and insight which will facilitate a better understanding of the world in which we live; locally and globally
  • To develop perceptual skills and motor skills
  • To develop the potential for further study through the use and understanding of visual and tactile media
  • To develop the ability to record and analyse information
  • To encourage the research and investigation of ideas
  • To introduce pupils to the work and achievements of artists and the cultural influences on their work
  • To help pupils recognise how images and artifacts can be powerful and influence people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs
  • To develop thinking skills and approaches to problem solving

Projects vary and are updated or changed regularly, often in response to inspiration from exhibitions teachers have seen.

Homework is set regularly, and pupils are usually expected to hand it in at their next lesson, which gives a week in which to complete it.

Most equipment is provided by the department, although it is useful for KS3 pupils to have access to some coloured pencils, paint or glue at home.

KS3 sketchbooks are provided, but lost books must be replaced at a cost of £1. GCSE and A level sketchbooks are provided at cost price of £2 each, or pupils can buy their own good quality books from sources such as The Range or The Works.

GCSE pupils need access to a camera, and also a range of art equipment they can use at home such as coloured pencils, watercolour paints, oil pastels, glue and scissors.

All pupils are expected to bring a pencil, a rubber and their sketchbook to every lesson.


Please click on the following link to view the Curriculum overview for the Art department

Art Curriculum Overview