Art, Design & Technology

Art, Design & Technology

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This is a unique Faculty with the opportunity for students to enhance their skills across all Art, Design and Technology areas.

There is a strong emphasis on developing skills for life and the world of work, showing students examples of the employment opportunities within and beyond the creative field. A strong emphasis on the design process is encouraged throughout all subject areas, which allows students to see the importance of the products they will be making and allows independent learners to flourish. This is encouraged through exhibitions in the local community and guest speakers from industry.

The subjects offered at KS3 are Fine Art, Graphic Design,Textiles, 3D Wood, Metal and Plastic, and Food Technology. The delivery of our schemes of work at KS3 is through themes which link to a working world brief. An example of this is in Fine Art where students are developing abstract paintings for a new smoothie bar which is opening in town.

The themes covered at KS3 are:

  • Year 7 Healthy Schools and Sustainability
  • Year 8 RSPB and the Local Community
  • Year 9 Culture

The themes, skills and concepts that are developed in Key Stage 3 allow students to specialise in one or more subjects at Key Stage 4. These are in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textiles, Hospitality and Catering.

Fine Art Department

The Fine Art Department provides students with a high quality education in Art and Design. The teaching staffs engage, inspire and challenge students equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own work. This allows independent learners to flourish and provides a supportive environment for all. There is opportunity for personal development, support and guidance to achieve academic success in lessons, during lunch time and in workshops after school.

The emphasis in Year 7 is to build upon basic skills. Drawing is the fundamental basis for all work and students explore a variety of techniques through a structured programme of drawing exercises and painting projects.

The themes covered at KS3 are:

  • Year 7 – Baseline assessment project and community bird project involving a visit from real birds of prey. Students engage in experimental drawing work, developing strong observational skills on the theme of birds. They follow a theme of the ‘Local Community’ where they record birds of prey from real life and produce imaginative paintings inspired by the work of an Illustrator.
  • Year 8 – Superbugs and Body Decoration/Tattoos

Students explore ideas on the theme of the ‘Wider World’ where students can develop their artistic ideas from the ever changing world around them. Mixed media projects based on art and design from other cultures result in creative conclusions. Students continue to practise skills in observational drawing as an essential part of the course.. Mixed media projects based on art and design from other cultures result in creative conclusions. Students continue to practise skills in observational drawing as an essential part of the course.

In Year 9, 10 and 11 Students follow an AQA GCSE Fine Art course for 1 Year. The course comprises of 60% coursework and 40% Examination. Students study 2 projects working in sketchbooks, artist research boards and producing final pieces in Fine Art. Students complete a 10 hour exam which they prepare for in advance during lessons. They have the opportunity to work in a variety of media including Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Painting, Drawing and Lens based media.


Key Stage 3 homework is issued every 2 weeks. It can also be a longer project based piece to last several weeks each half term.

Key Stage 4 homework is set every week. Sometimes larger projects are issued.

Design and Technology

Design & Technology is compulsory for all students at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8) and optional at Key Stage 4. During KS3, students will cover the compulsory elements of the National Curriculum whilst working in four main areas:

  • Food Nutrition
  • Graphic Products
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles

Each area involves students making a wide variety of products using the catering area, workshops, computer aided design rooms and computer aided manufacturing facilities.

Food Nutrition prepares the students to develop healthy and creative savoury foods for the family. Students will develop a wide range of catering skills to make and prepare these meals. They will develop an understanding of food safety, health and hygiene to industry standard. Pupils will learn the theory of the preparation and the execution of food as well as the practical skills involved. Examples of dishes made in KS3 are: vegetable cous-cous, pizza, thai curry, chicken goujons and bread.

Graphic Products involves working with Photoshop and 2D Design to create model prototype outcomes. Students will recognise the need for design as a way of creating solutions and ways of communicating ideas. Students will learn how to research, design and make prototype products using a range of materials and be made aware of the increasing role of Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD/CAM). Students will have access to the CAM processes available in school such as the laser cutter and 3D Printer. Examples of projects are: Designing a new album for a band/ artist of choice and Design the logo, costume and DVD for a new superhero.

Resistant Materials involves working in the workshop with traditional hand tools and modern machinery such as: Boxford CNC router, Laser cutter and 3D Printer. Students learn the importance of the design process to create personal projects for example, the Pinball game (which is made using manufactured boards and softwoods) and the designer picture frame (made from softwood and HIPS which is vacuum formed). These skills developed at KS3 will aide them towards preparing them for GCSE Resistant Materials.

Textiles involves students working with a variety of textile materials and creating personal projects using hand rendered techniques. They will learn how to combine fabrics and decorate and enhance products using appropriate finishing techniques. Students will also learn the theory behind textile production and potential CAD/CAM developments in the textile’s industry. Examples of projects are: My Eco Bag and Mini Monsters.


One hour of homework will be given per technology per week unless it is a research based project that will extend over a few weeks.

At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE Catering, Graphics and Resistant Materials up to GCSE level.


In Years 9, 10 and 11 Students follow an AQA GCSE Resistant Materials or Graphic products course for 1 or 2 Years. The course comprises of 60% coursework and 40% Examination. They will choose a AQA design brief and they will work on that throughout the course. They will achieve this through their design, computer aided design and manufacturing lessons. Their exam preparation is taught for 1 to 2 hours a week.


In years 9, 10 and 11 students will follow an WJEC Catering course for 1 or 2 years. The course comprises of 60% coursework and 40% Examination. The coursework is split into two tasks. Task 1 is worth 20% and they have to make an afternoon tea for two guests, Task 2 is worth 40% and they have to make an international meal of two courses for two people. Their exam preparation is taught from 1 to 2 hours per week.



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