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Key Stage 3 Summary

Our mission is to ensure that all students recognise the value of Art & Design Education to their ability to thrive in any chosen field.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum structure has been designed so that we teach, revisit and extend students’ ability to apply transferable skills as they progress through different project themes each term.

The skills, techniques and themes are summarised below:


  • Experimenting with visual elements through drawing, painting, clay and printmaking.
  • Drawing on observation and imagination; responding to themes of natural forms, mythical beasts and landscape.


  • Advancing technical skills in drawing, painting, clay and printmaking.
  • Drawing on observation, research and developing contextual understanding; responding to themes of cultural pattern, still life and figurative sculpture.


  • Creatively applying skills and contextual understanding; selecting own resources and materials.
  • Drawing on individual insights from observation and research.
  • Developing ideas in response to previous GCSE themes.
  • Researching to develop contextual understanding.
  • Responding to previous GCSE themes e.g. Apart/Together; Past/Present/Future and ‘Speak out: the art of protest’ (which compares Fine Art and
    Graphic Design practices)


Drawing helps us understand, invent and communicate. Like with Mathematics and Music, Draughtsmanship is a process of learning, practicing and experimenting with applying techniques to create and communicate new ideas.

We want you to make decisions about what you need to practice in order to make progress.

Use your teachers and the links below for guidance:

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Key Stage 4 Summary

The creative industry sector is the fastest growing sector of the UK economy and provides one in every ten jobs in London.

Everyone has the capacity to be creative.

By teaching students to:

  • Investigate and develop ideas
  • Experiment with and refine use of resources
  • Observe and record insights
  • Realise your own intentions

we support them in developing the skills needed for a purposeful and productive life.

Students will need to develop the independence to finish and present their work in a way that shows their personal engagement as a creative practitioner. At the end of this 5-term course (60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment) students will have a portfolio reflecting their personality, artistic journey and achievement.

They will learn how to:

  • Find interesting ways of recording ideas through drawing, collage,
    photography and digital media
  • Understand how meaning is communicated visually
  • Research and respond to artists and visual images that inspire them
  • Experiment and take risks with materials in order to discover their personal style
  • Produce stunning final pieces that will impress and delight others – not least their art teachers!

We will bring you into contact with the world of Art and Design through our relationships with a number of local arts professionals and galleries. GCSE students will be advised on careers in the art and design industry and opportunities in further courses of study in Art and Design. The varied career and business opportunities for those taking Art and Design include Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Film-making and Production, Theatre/Film Set Design, Media, PR and Advertising, Art Therapy, Fashion, Textiles, Illustration, Ceramics, Game Design, Special Effects, Curatorship.



Key Stage 5 Summary

At A Level, Art & Design (Edexcel) is taught as a two-year course.

Assessment objectives are structured similarly to GCSE but at a significantly more advanced level.

We begin your A Level journey by visiting and recording from an extraordinary location (such as Dungeness or Bekonscot Model Village). In addition to organised gallery and studio visits, you will have the opportunity to attend lectures by eminent artists. Through our relationships with a number of local arts professionals and galleries, you are encouraged and supported to engage with the creative world around you. You are now beginning your personal investigation as a creative practitioner in your own right.

Through our partnership with UBS we have had opportunities to visit the bank’s art collection, to collaborate with professionals to design construction hoardings for the new UBS building and to create interior design elements for a UBS event. UBS has given our students ArtFund cards to enable them to visit blockbuster exhibitions for free and awards a £100 Art Prize each year.

The department has a strong track record in helping students to secure places at prestigious university art colleges including University of Arts London, Kingston University and Royal Drawing School. Past students are currently studying subjects including Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture. One of our students is now permanently employed with Barbican Creative Learning Team.

Current Partnerships:

Courtauld Institute
Art House Foundation
Royal Institute of British Architects

Previous Partnerships:

Sculpture in the City, STORE Architecture, The Big Draw, Whitechapel Gallery, PEER Gallery, Rivers of the World, Open City (Inspirational Teacher Award)

Essential Resources

Useful Links

Work Related Opportunities

Work in a museum open day July

Creative dimension free workshops July

Free Art Tuition y9, y10 & y11

Useful Websites

www.art2day.com www.artsy.net www.tate.org.uk www.artrabbit.comwww.thisiscolossal.comwww.newexhibitions.com www.hoxtonhall.co.uk www.tate.org.ukwww.whitechapelgallery.orgwww.artscouncil.org.uk www.artjournal.co.uk www.axisweb.org www.craftcouncil.org.uk www.vam.ac.uk www.campaignfordrawing.orgwww.npg.org.uk www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintingswww.artmovements.co.uk www.saatchi-gallery.co.ukwww.southbankcentre.co.ukwww.thestudentroom.co.uk

Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (KS3)
Paddy Cassidy (KS4)
Alison Underwood (Sixth Form)
Jennifer Evans

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb