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Quotes from the June 2017 Ofsted report- The Catholic ethos is central to school life || As a result, the work to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is good || Pupils are well cared for || They know how to stay safe both inside and outside school || Behaviour both in lessons and about the school is good || Pupils treat each other and adults with respect,- Ofsted June 2017


Year  7

Study around the formal elements; line; tone; texture; colour; shape, form.  Processes include drawing with a range of media, clay modelling, collage, painting, designing.

  • Investigating tones and using them to represent 3D forms.
  • Clay modelling.
  • Investigating and applying textures
  • Composition skills
  • Painting skills


In Year  8 and 9, the curriculum is more theme-based, whilst continuing to look at materials and techniques.  Pupils have some freedom to select materials appropriate to their idea. 

Year 8 themes include:

  • Portrait
  • Architecture (slab-build clay work.)
  • Painting techniques on a theme, e.g. ‘Storm at Sea’.
  • Styles of Realism, e.g. in landscape.
  • Topical Poster
  • Year 9 themes include:
  • Contemporary life and personal concerns (coil-build pots).
  • Composition and painting, e.g. ‘Environment’, ‘Fashionable’.
  • Drawing from observation.
  • Surrealism
  • Picasso and Cubism

Throughout the key stage, there is also the study of artists and art styles appropriate to the particular topics. 

Key Stage 4

Currently, the Art Department is offering the latest BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design.  The course offers a broad range of study in Art and Design, building on the lower school experience.  Students have the opportunity to further develop skills in a variety of media, research the work of artists and art movements, and work to real-life scenarios.  Units of Study include Visual Arts Briefs and Photography Briefs.