Art & Design


In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.


The first project completed in Year 10 is called 'The Shape of Things to Come' or with a subheading of 'What lies Beneath'. This project develops research and ideas that link to corsets and underwear from Minoan times right through to the present day, and is combined with the concept of recycling and reusing. Detailed sketchbooks are kept and a wide range of new techniques taught and developed to produce a range of stylish underwear.

In Year 11 pupils start the year with their third and final unit of coursework. They work from the theme of black and white which they explore and investigate a chosen culture using different media before developing a final textile outcome. In the Spring term pupils have the opportunity to re-visit their coursework units from Year 10 so that they can review, modify and refine them to demonstrate their developing skills. In the latter part of autumn term they start the preliminary research for their final controlled test. The Summer term is spent working on the Controlled test.