Faculty Aims and Objectives

The Art & Design and Photography faculty offers a broad, exciting and inclusive curriculum; ensuring that our students achieve their maximum potential whilst securing knowledge and skills in a variety of art disciplines. Artwork is continuously celebrated through internal exhibitions and displays throughout the year.

Teaching Staff

Head of Art 
Ms P Alker
Head of Photography & Media Mr B Morris
Subject Staff Mr J Collis
Ms E Law
Ms H Siertsema
Ms K Tunley    
Ms Z Tambourini-Moore
Mr T Barnes
Teaching Assistant and Technical Support Mr L Begley


  • State of the art ICT suites programmed with the latest software.
  • Top of the range Photography equipment.
  • Each Art & Design and Photography room is facilitated with an interactive whiteboard.
  • The large faculty is equipped with excellent resources and equipment to cater for the needs of all Art and Design endorsements.
  • Foundation course is situated within its own building in the school and has excellent facilities and spacious room allowing all students to have their own work space.

KS3 Overview

KS3 Art teaches students to build upon foundation learning developing both skills and knowledge that will allow students to produce work they can be proud of whilst preparing them to be successful at GCSE Level. Students will explore different specialist areas of Art and Design during the year – Fine Art, printmaking, graphics, photography and textiles.

KS4 Overview

Art & Design
GCSE Art and Design is a 3 year course providing 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.

This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and practical work, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work – Natural Form/ Cultures / Environments (Controlled Assessment) 60% and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40%

This course is a 3 year course that consists of two coursework units which can be completed using a variety of stimuli. One of these is an externally set controlled assessment. The key skills gained through this course are; Developing ideas and skills through artist research, media, materials and techniques experimentation and presentation of a personal informed response.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work – Architecture/ Disguise 60% and Unit 2 (Controlled Assessment): Externally Set Task 40 %

Key Stage 5 Overview

The 2 year course would suit a student with an interest in Art & Design showing a high degree of individuality, independence and personal dedication. Students need to respond to set themes and develop their own ideas through sustained investigations. Annotations of relevant photographers will need to be made and students will be required to develop their own work to a conclusion.

A level Photography
This is a two year course that allows students to secure their knowledge in the first year whilst building their photographic skills and knowledge.

The assessment of this A level course consists of:

1 personal investigation 60% and 1 controlled assignment 40%

Art and DesignArt and Design at KS5 is offered through two different courses; BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Art and Design (Pearson) and A Level Art & Design (AQA).

BTEC Art and Design
BTEC offers you the opportunity to develop drawing, painting and making skills along with a huge emphasis on the history of art, design and culture. BTEC allows you to develop a greatly personalised interpretation of creativity.

The level 3 course consists of four assessed units across the two years. Two units are internally assessed and are subject to external verification by Pearson. Two units are externally assessed units and are marked and graded by Pearson. Units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction

A Level Art & Design (AQA)
The course is very intensive and demands a high level of commitment from individual students. At this level students are expected to gather their own resource material and develop their ideas and themes in a personal, informed and meaningful manner. The ability to handle materials, techniques and processes effectively and expressing ideas that link their intentions to outcomes is important. At the end of the course students should have compiled a portfolio of work to present at future further education interviews.

The assessment of this A level course consists of:

1 personal investigation over two years = 60% of A-level and 1 controlled assignment (consisting of a preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time) = 40% of A-level.

Both components are assessed and graded A* - E both internally and externally.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Keystage 3 Homework Club: Tuesday evening 3.05pm – 4.15PM. Lunchtimes Monday and Tuesday.

GCSE Support sessions are ran throughout the week by varied subject staff – Mainly Tuesday and Thursday evening’s 3.05pm – 4.30pm. Lunchtimes Monday and Tuesday.

GCSE, Sixth Form and Foundation work is celebrated through internal exhibitions and displays.

KS4 students also participate in North West Dot Art Competition in which our students are always successful gaining 3 rd, 2nd and 1st place.

Residential trips to London, Paris and Barcelona.

University workshops and visits

Future Careers

Animator , Architect, Architectural technician or technologist, Art editor, Art gallery curator, Arts administrator, Art therapist, Bookbinder or print finisher, Cabinet maker, CAD technician, Cake decorator, Ceramics designer-maker, Clothing alteration hand, Community arts worker, Conservator, Costume designer, Design engineer, Dressmaker, Ergonomist, Exhibition designer, Fashion design assistant, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Florist, Footwear designer, Furniture designer, Graphic designer, Hat designer or milliner, Interior designer, Jewellery designer.maker, Landscape architect, Make-up artist, Model maker, Museum assistant, Pattern cutter, Photographer, Photographic stylist, Printing administrator, Product designer, Reprographic assistant, Set designer, Sewing machinist, Tailor, Tattooist, Teacher, Textile designer, Visual merchandiser, Web designer

Useful Websites and Links


Art  Specifications

Art Programmes of Study

Photography A2 Specifications

Photography GCSE Specifications

Photography Programmes Of Study