Key Stage 3
The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to give students experience working in a wide range of Art and Design areas providing them with a foundation from which they can develop at Key Stage 4 and beyond. We provide opportunities for students to work with both 2 and 3 dimensional materials and techniques. In Year 7 we follow a theme of environment and this progresses through to portrait and identity in year 8. Critical studies play a major role in students learning and developing their analytical and visual language understanding.
Key Stage 4
Year 9 to 11 students will study GCSE Art and Design with the AQA exam board. Throughout this course students will complete 2 coursework projects before embarking on the externally set exam. Students have 5 periods in Year 9 and 10 with 6 periods in Year 11 per fortnight.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 students study Art, Craft and Design with AQA. The course is a two year linear course comprising of one coursework project and an externally set assignment. Students plan and follow their own course of study and are encouraged to be as creative and ambitious with their themes as possible. Students have 10 periods per fortnight throughout their A level course.
The department offers a number of extracurricular activities including lunchtime clubs and after school support sessions. Our senior students offer Art clubs to our Key Stage 3 students alongside a textiles club in year 9. Art students have the opportunity to visit Art galleries and in year 12 are given the opportunity to take part in the Faculty trip to Amsterdam.
The department holds a number of exhibitions at Key Stage 4 and 5 and we regularly have students’ work accepted to the National Student exhibition in the Mall Galleries in London which resulted in RBA Scholarships being offered. In 2016 the Art department won the prestigious John Downton Award for the second consecutive year.