Art and Design Technology

The Art, Design and Technology department established a well-planned and resourced curriculum where pupils have the opportunity to experience a wide range of process areas and where they can explore many diverse topics. It provides a rich environment, wherein our aim is to develop individual creativity and instil confidence to think differently. We promote risk taking and a personal sense of challenge.  All students learn that they have the ability to solve complex problems, become progressive and independent learners and, most importantly, they enjoy their learning.

Students have a wide variety of experiences in Art and Design Technology; in all of these, our difference is celebrated. This is especially developed through valuing all individuals in the community and our cultural diversity: our difference has great significance in shaping our individuality. Its relevance is as much a part of the creative process as developing practical hands-on skills. Success is measured by becoming increasingly aware and reflective of the world in which we live.

We have a vision and belief in the potential of creative arts in education to enrich life and relationships and establish values founded by St Claudine and in our Catholic community – respect for the uniqueness and worth of every person, both as an individual and as a responsible member of a community in a local, national and global context.


Key Stage 3 

All students will participate in Art at KS3 with the option to continue at GCSE level in KS4. Within Fine Art students have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and mixed media work.

In year 7 and 8 Design Technology students focus on the design process in the context of Graphics Communications, Textiles and Food Technology. Students are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.


Key Stage 4

The Year 9 Art Foundation GCSE course is designed to prepare students for achieving the higher levels at GCSE Art and Design by the end of KS4. Students will be building upon a broad range of skills methods and media including digital imaging to become confident skilled young artists by the end of Year 9.


In Years 10 and 11, students will be using a wide range of different materials and methods to investigate stimulating creative projects in great depth. These methods will include 2-D media of drawing, painting acrylics on canvas, collage, printmaking, photography, ICT Photoshop skills and mixed media. Students will also be working with 3-D sculptural techniques, using plaster casting, mod rock, clay and utilising recyclable materials to create their unique and high quality artworks.


Students will have the opportunity to discover how other artists, both contemporary and throughout Art history, have influenced current trends, as well as use these artists and cultural styles to influence and enhance their own work.



Students are assessed 60% coursework spanning 3 years of study in years 9,10 and 11, 40% exam taken at the end of the course in year 11.

Students will be following the Edexcel Exam Board GCSE in Art and Design. The exam coursework is assessed continuously and the examiners are keen to see the development students make as individuals throughout the course from the very beginning of Year 10 to their final exam assessed at the end of the course in Year 11. The skills gained throughout year 10 are seen to enable students to be adept in their individual use of Art methods. Students will be able to create strong artworks showing confident ability in a wide range of techniques, materials and methods. Students will be seen to have strengths in particular skills areas and will be able to access the higher levels and work towards being more fluent in these. This, of course, enables them to reach the higher targets expected in year 11 with ever growing confidence and practice.


The new Year 9 Art Foundation Textiles and Fashion Design course enables students to build upon a range of design and make skills throughout the year. The projects echo industrial Textile and Fashion design practice, working to specific design briefs, in order that the students can become confident skilled young designers and makers and prepare a high quality portfolio of Art and Design work by the end of KS4.


The exam component assesses how learners can apply their research, ideas generation and practical skills within the constraints of a client brief. A task worth 60 marks will be completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of 20 hours.

For assessment, learners will be provided with a client brief that they will respond to by producing an art or design final response. Learners will work through a development stage, review their development process outlining their intentions and make a final response for the client. The development and final response will be presented in a portfolio.


Key Stage 5

The Art A level course has a tradition of excellence and prides itself on a long history of success. Students work as individuals and within small groups; this enables staff to offer inspiring, stimulating lessons and to give students individual attention. The department offers a multitude of disciplines, processes and skills, as well as visits to galleries to complement studio work. Students may choose to concentrate on one or two of these as the course progresses. The department aims to develop students’ individual work through: intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers; investigative, analytical, practical and expressive skills; aesthetic understanding and critical judgement; understanding of contexts and inter-relationships between Photography, Art and Digital Media Design; knowledge of Photography, Art and Digital Media Design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.


For the year 12 Art and Design GCSE one-year course students are required to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to their chosen title through integrated practical, critical and contextual study that encourages direct engagement with original works and practice.

In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one of more area(s) of photography, such as portraiture, location photography, studio photography, experimental imagery, installation, documentary photography, photo-journalism, moving image: film, video and animation, fashion photography. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.



60% Coursework, 40% external assignment – 10 hour exam.