In the Lower School Art and Design is taught to all pupils. Students are taught in classes of around 25, taking National Curriculum Art, Craft & Design at Key Stage 3, in Years 7 - 9.
The Basic Elements of the subject are taught and developed throughout a student's school life. These are:
Students are encouraged through experimentation, research, and practice to respond to a variety of media and skills including:-
Students are expected to use a workbook to record ideas, research, critical and historical context and evaluate work (at all levels).
Students in the Senior School work towards GCSE, 'AS' and 'A' level in Art and Design.
Course - AQA 4201
Within this option block, students can explore all aspects of Art and Design.
For all disciplines, students should:
Students will be expected to attend two external visits in year 10 and 11 which vary from year to year depending on the project. These have previously been:
They will also be expected to complete a minimum of 2 hours homework per week.
Students will create 2 units of coursework over Year 10 and Year 11, and will sit a 10 hour terminal exam at the end of Year 11.
60% of the overall marks are for coursework
40% of the overall marks are for the terminal examination.
Further information is available from the head of department.
Course - AQA 1201A & 2201A
This course is designed to encourage students to:
Pupils choose one endorsement for study throughout AS and A2.
At AS candidates are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study:
At A2, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in AS with greater depth of study:
Pupils are able to explore a range of materials, techniques and processes that they have encounter at GCSE level and develop further along with new processes and technologies. Independent learning is encouraged throughout the course, with continued written and verbal feedback from their teacher.
For more information please see the document downloads on the Sixth Form section of our site