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High School


Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.  Each course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Art and Design, up to and including Higher Education. The course is created to suit a diverse range of candidates who wish to develop their interest in and enjoyment of Art and Design, fostering its value in lifelong learning.

During the Foundation stage of the Kingsbury Curriculum (Year 7 and Year 8) students study key concepts and processes in 2D and 3D, learning how to use a variety of media. Skills taught include drawing and painting from observation, and the creation of three dimensional forms. Artwork from a variety of cultures and artists is studied in depth to inform and inspire the practical work.

At the start of the Examination Stage (Year 9) students will begin their GCSE in Art & Design. Students will follow the AQA Art and Design specification, this will allow them to focus on key skills, knowledge and understanding required to be successful in the field of Art and Design.

Students will have the opportunity to work independently on areas of Art and Design they are interested in and will be required to present a professional portfolio of their work by the end of Year 9. This portfolio (coursework) will continue as they progress through the remaining two years of the Examination Stage.

As they move to the Upper School, students will develop the portfolio further, researching and investigating independently areas of study that interest them. This coursework is student led and guided by teachers. Students will complete their Controlled Assessment at the end of Year 11.