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Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life - Henry Miller

'The study of Art and Design...'

  • For self-expression.
  • For imaginative thinking and problem solving.
  • For visual literacy.
  • For skill and dexterity.
  • For analytical and research skills.
  • For increased perception and aesthetic awareness.
  • For appreciation and understanding of your own and others' cultures.
  • For well-being.
  • For jobs.

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Teaching Styles

Art is taught using a wide range of resources in a suite of dedicated rooms. We have facilities for painting, print-making, CAD, photography, ceramics, sculpture and some textiles and graphic art.

We are increasing the range of media and formats on offer to reflect the expertise of staff in the department. We believe firmly in teaching core skills and concepts, while developing independent expression as pupils gain confidence and maturity.


Homework is set weekly or fortnightly. Homework is varied and can involve first-hand drawing, collecting and/or researching. Pupils are issued with a hardback sketchbook to record work in.

Extra Curricular

We have a photography and an art club during lunch-times in KS3. We encourage all pupils to use the art rooms whenever they are available - which is most lunchtimes. We have sixth-form mentors who help run clubs, or assist with work. At GCSE and A Level we run numerous trips to galleries in London and abroad.


Classes are mixed ability. Work is carefully differentiated to ensure all are supported and developed.

Keystage 3 

The aims and rationale of the curriculum in Y7- 9 in Art and Design are:

  • To provide a learning experience which supports a lifelong interest in visual and tactile expression, both through student’s own creative journey and through the appreciation of the work of others.
  • To provide a sound grounding in art, craft and design, covering core skills and concepts which equip our students to be assured in concepts of visual literacy at a level to support their education at KS4 and higher in art, craft and design and the wider curriculum.
  • To ensure access to a range of media, formats and disciplines, including traditional and digital.
  • To provide learning opportunities which promote dexterity and physical/spatial problem solving, particularly by ensuring access to 3D formats and materials.
  • To equip students with the vocabulary, both visual and language-based, to critically evaluate their own and others' work.
  • To inspire knowledge and appreciation of the role of art and design in the creation of culture.
  • To encourage inclusivity through study access to a wide range of art, craft and design heritage, reflective of an inclusive range of time, belief, gender, ethnicity and drawn from both Western and Non-Western cultures.
  • To realise the significant financial contribution of Art Craft and Design industries to the UK economy whilst raising awareness of career choices.

Year 7:

At HGS, students will start their studies of visual elements in two-dimensional studies (painting, print-making, collage) within flat, decorative formats,using symmetry as an compositional device. In their three-dimensional studies (Ceramics, Sculpture), they will learn about basic clay construction techniques.

Year 8:

Students will start to explore visual language through more rhythmic, asymmetric arrangements of elements. In ceramics studies, they will learn sophisticated hand-building techniques such as coiling.

Year 9:

Year 9 begins with students investigating spatial depiction in both two and three dimensional studies. They learn about perspective and tackle more complex descriptions of form in space.

Click here for a detailed curriculum map for Key Stage 3 Art

Keystage 4 


What is the course?
OCR Art and Design (9-1) - J170-J176

Coursework Portfolio – 60%

Three small projects, starting in Year 10 which together make up a portfolio of work. You will be given a very open ended theme – previous examples are ‘Underneath and Overhead’ and ‘Growth’.  Initially, you will be guided closely by your teacher as to how to interpret them and what materials to use, but mid-way through Year 10, you can focus on media and subjects you want.

Set Task – 40%

The exam paper is given to you in January of Year 11 and you have until April to prepare for a 10 hour ‘test’, where you can make a piece of art in any media you wish. Some students paint, others work on computers etc.  The titles are varied and open to wide interpretation.

What I can do in GCSE ART and DESIGN


We try to help you work with as many materials as we can, in order that you find the processes that suit you and your strengths and interests. You are making art which is personal and expressive, judged on quality of composition, drawing, control of media and reference to artists.

Key Stage 5 


OCR Art and Design - H600 -H606

These practical courses will enable you to develop the creative and intellectual skills for imaginative growth and to access the vast array of art and design further study and careers. It is an excellent complement to many other areas of study, as it teaches you to be analytical, to solve problems creatively and to gain a cultural awareness. You will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Fine Art/Photography and may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce work. You will be expected to demonstrate specialisation in particular materials, media or processes. Drawing/recording skills should be understood and developed as ways of recording and communicating intentions, ideas and emotions. There is an important focus is on your recording through using drawing or other appropriate visual forms.

What is the Course? FINE ART

In Year 12 you will follow a course from September to March where you are learning and building skills free of assessment. The focus will be on teaching you how to draw, photograph, explore through printmaking, painting, sculpture, graphic media (ink, pencil etc) and digital processes. In addition you might explore textiles. In February, you will be issued with an exam paper by OCR with titles you can interpret. You will present a body of work in media of your choice, exploring a theme of your choice to a conclusion in a timed exam. This unit is assessed.


Same structure as above, but the focus will be on learning analogue photography and darkroom skills, digital photography and Photoshop.

Both courses require you to continually engage with the work of other artists, designers, craftsmen and learn how to evidence their influence on your own work’s development (AO1 – Develop). Both courses require you to explore and experiment with materials and ideas, refining those ideas into compositions (AO2 – Experiment). Both courses require you to record from your own experience and Fine Art course requires you to draw (AO3 Record). For the assessed unit, you must evidence those three objectives to gain marks – along with AO4 – Present, which is the requirement to produce a unified folder and final piece/s of work as resolution of your project.


Sarah Wallace: Head of Department. Fine Art specialist (painter and printmaker)

Tom Pateman: Teacher. Fine Art specialist (painting and sculpture)

Chloe Holmes: Teacher. Fine Art and ceramics specialist (ceramics and sculpture)

Ruth Cooper: Assistant Head. Fine Art and English specialist (sculpture)

Zoe Roberts: Technician. Theatre design specialist (wig and hair)