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Art is housed in Alder Block alongside the other Expressive Arts subjects and English. We teach Art in two purpose built studios staffed by two full time members of staff supported by a full time technician.

Mr Tebbs - Faculty Leader

Mrs Cabourn - Art Teacher

Mrs Hazzledine - Expressive Arts technician


We are passionate about the arts and truly believe these are the experiences and memories that create the memories we value and enjoy. If art could be expressed in words we would have no need for it but it can’t and we do. By studying the work of artists and other cultures pupils place their own experiences into context, understand a little more about how the world is knitted together. Pupils are taught to describe, analyse, plan and question, to imagine what if.


All work produced for the Portfolio and for the Externally Set Assignment is supported by research which is intended to inform a student’s own practical studies. This includes studying the work of artists who have explored a similar theme, technique or subject. Students will make notes in their sketchbook but there is no written exam in GCSE Art.

The Portfolio is worth 60% of the final GCSE grade and the Externally Set Assignment is worth 40%. Assessment is based on the following criteria:

  • developing ideas and investigating the work of other artists, designers or cultures, e.g. Andy Warhol. Banksy, Surrealism, Contemporary Art.
  • recording relevant ideas and observations.
  • refining ideas by experimenting and using appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • creating a personal final piece (or pieces).

Progression/Further Study Arts/Media courses at College and University.

The Creative Industries is still one of the UKs fastest growing sectors of employment and jobs such as architect, illustrator, jewellery maker, teacher, art director, even tattooist as well as jobs in advertising and the media usually begin with GCSE Art.