Art and Design Technology

The Art, Design and Technology Faculty aims to prepare students for our ever changing and fast paced society. We want to prepare students with skills needed to succeed: creative thinking, problem solving and resilience.

Head of Faculty

Miss G. Howells (


  • Photography & Lens-based Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Product Design
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Food, Nutrition & Catering
  • 3D design (woods, metals and plastics)
  • Art, Craft & Design.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

5 periods as part of the ‘Dream Day’ curriculum (one full day per half term spent in Art, plus one full day per half term spent in Design and Technology.

Year 8

1 period of Art and 1 period of Design and Technology every week.

Year 9

2 periods of Art, Design and Technology every week.

Options offered at the end of Year 9

  • GCSE Art, Craft and Design (AQA)
  • GCSE Photography- Lens and light-based media (AQA)
  • GCSE Food preparation and nutrition (Eduqas)
  • GCSE Textiles (AQA)

Topics Covered

Year 7

In year 7, pupils follow the Dream Day curriculum. This allows them to explore a full day’s learning within each Expressive Arts area (Drama, Design and Technology, Music, Art and EPR) every half term. Pupils will explore their own identity, their place within school, within the wider community, and globally. In Art, the theme of identity is explored through pupils creating their own ‘tags’ which are then used to create large scale works which are then displayed around school. Key Art movements studied include Street and Graffiti Art, Expressionism and Surrealism.

In Design and Technology, examples of projects include ‘Dream Preserves’: a school-based co-operative company, whereby pupils design and make their own range of preserves (including jams and chutneys) to be sold within the community. Pupils then decide how the community can benefit from the enterprise.

Year 8

Termly projects aim to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of key ideas and concepts alongside a range of practical skills. The breadth of practical skills explored allows students to begin to find their own areas of strength and interests whilst at the same time learning how to contextualise their work.

  • Term 1 – ‘Idols’: pupils develop painting and drawing skills, and learn about the changing faces of portraits throughout time, in order to complete a personal and meaningful portrait painting of their chosen idol. We discuss and analyse examples of idols in order to address differing social, cultural, religious and moral influences on who we might class as a role model
  • Term 2 – ‘The golden ticket’: Pupils explore fantasy and literature as stimuli for their own 3D sculptures of sweet treats, some real and some imaginary. This provides pupils with an exciting window into developing their 3D making skills using different materials, with an emphasis on card and paper construction
  • Term 3 – ‘Memories’: This project emphasises the importance of mixed media when realising intentions, and encourages pupils to incorporate textiles, craft and printmaking skills into their work. Pupils complete a series of workshop-style lessons aimed at allowing for independent experimentation, before completing their final pieces inspired by personal memories

Year 9

In year 9, pupils increase their level of independence and build on their learning in year 8 in order to further prepare them for GCSE.

  • HT1, 2 and 3 – ‘The Natural World’: Pupils will create work in response to the theme of nature, learning about why nature has had such a profound influence on artists throughout art history and why it is still such a popular subject. Linking to a vast array of major art movements, students will create work using a range of techniques and approaches- from drawing and painting, sculptural and 3D work, to installation and new media work. All students will complete individual final outcomes in order to evidence their refined skills and conceptual understandings
  • HT4 & 5 – ‘Issues-Based’: For this project, we explore how and why art is used as a way of expressing personal, social, political, moral, religious and cultural issues. Pupils will learn of how art has influenced change and impacted human history. This is then used as a vehicle for students to create their own independent responses, creating a project of their choice on an issue of their choosing. Learning is personalised to the students individual strengths and interests
  • HT6 – ‘Wacky workshops’: Skills and ideas-based workshops which are aimed at developing students creativity, lateral thinking skills and team work even further! Topics covered include: pointless inventions, stop-frame animation, sound art and performance art

Options offered at the end of Year 9

GCSE Art: Exam Board: AQA
No. of Controlled Assessments: All projects
No. of Exams: 1 One ten hour (2 day) practical exam in Year 11

Unit 1
Portfolio of Work (all projects completed in year 10 plus issues-based project) 60% Unit 2 Externally set task (one project chosen from options given by AQA completed between January and April) 40%.

Year 10 Units

  • First World Problems
  • Independent Project

Year 11 Units

  • Unit 1 – Major Project: Issues-Based Art
  • Unit 2 – Externally set task (exam project)

GCSE Photography
Exams – 1 One ten hour (2 day) practical exam in Year 11

Controlled Assessments:

  • Unit 1 – Portfolio of Work (all projects completed in Year 10 plus issues-based project) 60%
  • Unit 2 – Externally set task (1project chosen from options given by AQA completed between January & April) 40%

Year 10 Units:

  • The Everyday: Food
  • The Weird, the Wonderful and the Supernatural
  • Music Video Project

Year 11 Units:

  • Unit 1 – Major Project: Issues-Based Art
  • Unit 2 – Externally set task (exam project)

GCSE Catering
Exams: 1 One ten hour (2 day) practical exam in Year 11 Controlled Assessments: 1 practical, 1 written Pupils learn about food safety and hygiene, mass production, food preparation, industry laws, the functions of ingredients, standard components and how to cater for different diets. They also learn a wide variety of practical skills in order to prepare them for their practical exam and equip them with the skills needed to study professional catering further.

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