Meet the Department

Mr M Gallimore Curriculum Leader
Mrs C Ferris Teacher

Subject Overview

Art and Design is a creative subject built around the principles of challenge, personal development and a positive learning experience. The department explores a variety of artists, media and techniques in which the students produce their own responses in a pro-active and nurturing environment. The focus is on the individual and their art journey, giving students the opportunity to succeed at every level.


Key stage 3 Art is teacher led with many opportunities for individual self-expression and outcomes. This is underpinned with a strong focus on developing technical skills and knowledge through the exploration of practical application and subject- specific vocabulary.


Key stage 4 Art builds on the skills and knowledge acquired at Key Stage 3 with the formal elements in art being further embedded in the students’ practice. The work set is teacher structured, particularly initially and less so as time goes on. Key skills and knowledge are developed along with an emphasis on the students taking the lead in the direction and content of their learning.

Curriculum Map

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Extra Curricular Opportunities

KS3 art club – fun art activities

KS4 art club – opportunity to work in the art workshops with a specialist teacher

Helpful Link


1     – although this is aimed at teachers it has some wonderful project ideas and examples of good student practice.

2              Sketchbook Pro App


1              Ways of Seeing by John Berger. An absolute classic

2              Van Gogh’s Ear by Bernadette Murphy. What really did happen to Van Gogh’s ear and why he cut it off.

3              On Photography by Susan Sontag.

4              Art as Therapy. Alain de Botton and John Armstrong. Using Art from throughout History to solve all your problems.


1              Modern Painters

2              Kustom Graphics

3              Artists and Illustrators

4              The Artist

5              Scholastic Art


1              30 Day Drawing Challenge (see Pinterest for ideas)

2              See (listed above).

For further information on the curriculum please email