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Mr D Sunday (Subject Leader)


  • 1 Art room 
  • 1 Art/Pottery
The Art rooms are large and well equipped with a wide range of tools, materials and resources. There are interactive smart boards and facilities for computer aided design. The Art/Pottery studio has a Potter’s wheel, two kilns and a Pug mill. A Pug mill is a machine in which clay or other materials are mixed into a plastic state. We are fortunate to have many gifted students and their work is displayed in the art rooms and around the academy.
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3 all pupils undertake a wide variety of activities which develop technical and imaginative skills in both two dimensional and three dimensional art. In the main, pupils work individually but there are opportunities for partner and group work. Studies involve; direct observation, imagination, personal experience, investigation and research work. Aspects of work of various artists and world cultures are also studied.
Each pupil has a record showing progress from Year 7 to Year 9. Following the National Curriculum levels of attainment, each project is assessed using the appropriate criteria. Sketch books show National Curriculum levels, feedback and targets.
Each pupil receives two pieces of homework per half term. It is expected that pupils spend between 30-60 minutes on homework. Each pupil will be given an A4 art book to be used for homework and class work.
Projects undertaken during Key Stage 3 involve:
Year 7
  • The development of skills and knowledge of colour theory
  • The exploration of the techniques of drawing, painting, printing, mixed media, sculpture and collage
  • The study of artists’ work and art movements and the art of different cultures and periods
  • The introduction of ceramics
Year 8
  • The appreciation and application of texture, line and pattern in both the natural and man-made environment
  • The study of different cultures and periods
  • Further studies in ceramic work
Year 9
  • Further analysis of perspective, scale, proportion and composition
  • A consolidation of other formal elements experienced in years 7 and 8
  • The study of artists’ work and art movements and the art of different cultures and periods
  • Self-directed personal project
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 pupils follow the AQA Art and Design syllabus. This is an unendorsed course which promotes a wide variety of disciplines: painting and drawing, graphics, ceramics, mixed media, textiles, printing and photography. The course is assessed through coursework (60%) and examination (40%). 
GCSE students receive homework regularly, which is essential as it contributes to their coursework portfolio. 
GCSE Results
Excellent results are achieved by Year 11 pupils and usually fall within the region of 90%-100% (A* - C grade). Many pupils continue their art studies at ‘A’ level, BTEC and HND in college and pursue a career using their art qualifications.
SMSC in Art
In Art, schemes of work are designed to encourage the development of independent enquiry skills and communication of ideas, feelings and meaning, while educating students in a range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social values. SMSC is embedded in each key stage’s scheme of work helping to facilitate individual progression and self-worth. Courses at each key stage are designed to teach key skills in order to build confidence and provide a sense of achievement in each student.
Students are encouraged to be independent learners through self-expression and exploration of own ideas and meaning in order to promote self-identity. Students regularly undertake both self and peer evaluation of their own and each other’s work as a way of encouraging self-reflection.
Schemes of work involve research and appreciation of art, crafts as well as other cultures by students. In turn students learn to appreciate their own and others art, crafts and different cultures while developing insights into how artists and craftspeople create art and what motivates them to.  Students regularly undertake trips to galleries and museums to reinforce their research and study of artists, craft people and other cultures while enhancing their own skills and appreciation of others work.
Art Clubs and Extra Curricula Activities
The department offers a variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities that enhance the students’ experience of Art and Design while helping build confidence and self-worth. These include a daily open door after school GCSE drop in session, where students can extend their learning time in a quiet but purposeful environment. They can work on their coursework or hone in on a technique of their choice.
For key stage three students, the department offers a cultural and art clubs. These largely target keys stage three students but are also open to key stage four students.
The Arts faculty also offers a successful Arts Award programme to all year 7 students and is designed to develop and boost interest in the arts. This programme strongly facilitates the development of self-enquiry and independent learning skills which are vital for student success.