Art & Design Technology

Our aim is to deliver an all-inclusive curriculum whereby students are encouraged to explore creative and thought provoking projects that challenge misconceptions, develop their practical abilities, build their resilience and confidence, develop their ability to problem solve independently using the resources around them, aspire for greatness without any limitations and build on knowledge and skills to prepare them for further study or careers.

Through our carefully tailored curriculum pupils are encouraged to explore, investigate and understand a wide range of modern-day issues. British values are deeply imbedded throughout our projects and curriculum at both key stage three and key stage four for example; studying units around tolerance or social justice.

All projects are carefully developed in a clear and structured order to ensure it is inclusive of all pupils’ needs and our clear pupil friendly success criteria enables learning to be scaffolded and provided opportunities for challenge and development of skills over time.


We utilise a range of methods to ensure the curriculum is accessible by all. Through the use of cross-curricular links, regular feedback, peer assessment, self-assessment, practical projects, tracking sheets and ‘stretch and challenge’ tasks we strive for high level progress and attainment by all. We endeavour to not only make our learning purposeful, we create a safe, positive and enjoyable climate for learning where student feel they can learn from mistakes and encouraged to build upon resilience. We regularly celebrate student achievements and successes through showcases and exhibitions. We promote pride and inspire students to recognise their own achievements and accomplishments.  


We are fully committed to implement a curriculum that prepare students for life skills and further education. Our structured and focussed curriculum covers skills, knowledge and issues relating to mental health, healthy eating and lifestyle. Our curriculum will ensure progress is made by all and our students achieve the maximum amount of confidence in the skills and techniques we cover in the curriculum. Our students will be confident, happy and enthusiastic designers and artists, that display creativity and radiate individual flair.  For students who wish to study in this area in KS4, we aim to support students in fulfilling their potential, helping them to achieve the highest possible results, progress and attainment in both so that they are well equipped to pursue a future career in this area should they wish to do so


Course Details


GCSE Art and Design fine art provides students with a strong foundation for progression into further and higher education in Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways. Students are given a presentation talk on career choices and pathways in Year 10, including a look at A-level Art and Design. Various trips to look in depth at artist work, visits to art galleries and local colleges take place each year. Artist investigations as part of KS3 schemes of work give students an understanding of what is required for a career in the subject area. We offer artist workshops that give students the opportunity to meet and work with local and global artists.


In Year 7, students engage in a diverse variety of projects, the first is the sweets project that focuses on drawing skills and gaining refined technical ability. The second project is all about bacteria, this project allows students to research and learn to analyse artwork and artists approaches. The third project is based on under the sea, students will learn a how to control a variety of materials and use them effectively to make a clear links from their own pieces to the artist’s work. This project is experimental and gives students the freedom to explore a wide range of materials. Click here to read our Year 7 KPIs.


Year 8 Art starts with a technically challenging portrait project that pushes students to use the formal elements to build control and precision in the style of the artists. They complete a wide range of observational drawings in the style of Luke Dixon. The second project is the Mexican day of the dead project, which introduces students to culture and traditional celebration. Students will research and analysis artists work and the culture behind the celebration. The students use a wide range of materials to explore colour, line and tone. Paints, colour pencils and watercolour will be used to create their own sugar skulls/ candy skulls that represent the Mexican day of the dead. The final project is a Tim Burton Monster project, this project focuses on 3D sculpture and modelling. Students will create their own character or monster in the style of Tim Burton, they will learn about scale and proportion, their work will show clear understanding of the artist’s style. Click here to read our Year 8 KPIs


Year 9 Close up project focuses on building their technical skills and being able to refine and control a range of materials and techniques. They will complete a lot of high quality observational drawings. This year gets students equipped with the skills and ability level they will need for GCSE art. The second project is an urban identity project, students learn to analyse artwork and artist styles, they create tags and graffiti artwork that resembles them as individuals. They use and experiment with a wide range of materials that reflect the theme and build on prior skills and develop understanding. The final project is a body adornment project that allows students to explore cultural understanding and links between culture and artist styles. They will use experimental techniques to make a clear connection between their own work and the artist’s work. Students will understand the connection between materials and techniques and know how to combine and use them together effectively for the best results. Students explore the different career pathways/specialisms that they could undertake with a career in Art; for example fine art, sculpture, painting, graphic design, ceramics, drawing, print making, art history, art education and art therapy. Click here to read our Year 9 KPIs.


The GCSE Art and Design Fine Art course follows the AQA Examination Board Syllabus. During the two years you will learn practical skills and develop your knowledge and understanding of Fine Art. You will produce an exhibition of work and this will prepare you for the externally set task in Year 11.


During the two years, you will be expected to develop work in the following areas; painting and drawing, textiles, print making, 3D design construction. The course is arranged as a series of projects. The first project is a portrait project, students are shown how to complete observational drawings of features to an exceptionally high standard. Students then complete a self-portrait, they are equipped with all the techniques and skills to create a photorealistic portrait from observation. During this project students explore and experiment with a wide range of artist styles and techniques through experimental exploration. The students are shown how to analyse artists work and shown how to create artist pastiches. 


As developing artists, the students are given freedom of exploration through a huge variety of materials, as they create their celebrity development pieces. They annotate and reflect on their work, taking note of areas of improvement and knowing how they can act on this. The second project allows students to explore the African culture through 3D sculpture and modelling. 60% of their final grade comes from their coursework, their artwork and written annotations are equally weighted. Our GCSE students must be well rounded students, they need to be able to create exceptional work and also justify why it is technically brilliant.  40% of the student’s final GCSE grade is their externally set exam, where students will sit a 10 hour exam to create a final piece that is resolved and their annotations explain the content, form, mood, process and their interpretation and justification of how it links to the question they have selected. Our students are set homework tasks and projects that contribute to their final grade, they are all given the equipment and skills they need to excel in Art.


Art is not what you see but what you make others see. 


At KS3 in Design and Technology, students rotate each term to the different subject specialisms.


Year 7

Product – Thermoforming and thermosetting polymers (keyfob)

Textiles – Natural and synthetic fibres and textiles (textile cases)

Food – Preparing to cook

Click here to read our Year 7 KPIs

Year 8

Product – Natural and manufactured timbers (mechanical toy)

Textiles – Decorative techniques and finishing processes (mini monster)

Food – Healthy eating

Click here to read our Year 8 KPIs

Year 9

Product – Ferrous and non-ferrous metals (jewellery)

Textiles – Smart materials and technical textiles (bum bags)

Food – Understanding food 

Click here to read our Year 9 KPIs


The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on Design and Technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors.


Core knowledge and understanding is presented in five clear and distinct topic areas:

· Design and technology and our world

· Smart materials

· Electronic systems and programmable components

· Mechanical components and devices

· Materials


There are two assessed components:


Component 1:   Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 2 hours

50% of qualification


A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates' knowledge and understanding.


Component 2:   Design and Make Task (portfolio)

Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours

50% of qualification 


NCFE level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery is a new, exciting and creative course which focuses on:

Practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food

Provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification

Nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.


Core knowledge and understanding is presented in four clear and distinct topic areas:

To prepare and cook developing practical skills

To understand food and its function in the body and in recipes

To understand balanced diets and modification of recipes for health

To plan and produce dishes for a purpose


To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery, learners are required to:

Successfully complete 4 mandatory units. Each unit is graded using a structure of Not Yet

Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*


Unit 1 Preparing to cook - Internally assessed portfolio of evidence 25%

Unit 2 Understanding food - Internally assessed portfolio of evidence 25%

Unit 3 Exploring balanced diets - Externally set and marked assessment paper 25%

Unit 4 Plan and produce dishes in response to a brief - Internally assessed portfolio of evidence 25%

Teaching Staff

Ms Stirling - CAL of Art & Technology

Ms Egwuonwu - Assistant CAL Art and Technology

Ms Higgins - Teacher of Art and Technology

Ms Riley - Teacher of Technology

Ms Goulden - Technology Technician

Mr Fusco - Technology Technician





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