The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.Pablo Picasso

We have a team of staff who comprise the Art and Design department, all of whom bring different skills and knowledge to ensure that we can offer a range of specialisms. These include art, textiles, photography and graphics. The study of these areas of art and design are enhanced by high quality resources and equipment, ensuring that our students have the best possible experience as they become proficient in drawing, painting, sculptural, graphic and textile techniques.

Across all aspects of our department we aim to ensure that students become inquisitive and creative learners whose skills are underpinned by learning about great contemporary and traditional artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 

In our Art and Design department students learn to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design and have a strong understanding of the formal elements. They develop an ability to interpret, make judgments and express opinions and show respect for the work others. We want our students to become inspired by the way in which art and design both reflects and shapes our history and the world around us.

The Art and Design team aim to create a learning environment in which students feel they belong, are safe and supported in their creative journey. The success and achievements of students in the department is actively celebrated through our displays and exhibitions.   

We support students’ learning through a range of enrichment activities including photography trips out to the surrounding areas. We offer after school workshop style sessions each half term to encourage students who really enjoy art. Last year we teamed up with the languages department to take our GCSE students to Paris. We also invite artists in to work with our student. Last year we had a visiting textile artist who worked with a group of our Y10 students to produce some amazing work.

Homework at KS3 is set every 2-3 weeks and includes tasks that are based upon either developing skills, knowledge or social, moral, spiritual, or cultural understanding. Each task is designed to enrich the learning opportunities and encourage students to work independently to develop their creativity. At KS4 homework is set every two weeks and will often be a task that supports the progress and development of the student's coursework. This may be as a continuation of the work covered in lesson or an extra task that will become part of the coursework project.

Meet the Team

Samantha Downs
Head of Art & Design

Jessica Gilbertson
Art & Design Teacher

Mark Linsley
Art & Design Teacher

Eloise Short
Art & Design Teacher