VISION – Where every member of our extended family realise their God given potential, inspired by John 10;10 –“ I have come so you may have life in all it’s fullness”

The Academy vision has helped the Art Department to develop a Curriculum that explores and celebrates students individual and collaborative journey of creative discovery. Throughout Key Stages 3/4 and 5 we develop students’ artistic skills in order for them to fulfil their creative potential and promote wellbeing.

Within Art we nurture a giving and supportive environment, students are safe to express their views on their own work and the work of others through self, peer feedback and whole class discussions. They are encouraged to share their feelings and point of view, developing their confidence in giving and receiving constructive criticism and advice. The classrooms are calm and a pleasant place for students of all abilities to explore their creativity and celebrate their strengths. Praise is a key element, not just the teacher praising the work but students actively encouraged to discuss and acknowledge the work of others in the class.

We run dedicated GCSE intervention- the Art Department is open to supporting students of all abilities through several after school sessions. We strive to ensure all students regardless of background and opportunity outside of school can achieve to or beyond their potential. We lend resources to student who otherwise would not have the chance to develop their skills at home.

We have strong connections with Cheltenham College, where our A level students can experience life drawing, an advanced skill desired in portfolios for university degree courses. It is a fantastic enriching experience that gives our students equal opportunity to access the pathway to their chosen career.

Appreciation of different cultures is vital in Art. Throughout the KS3-5 Scheme of Learning students will be introduced to a variety of cultures, broadening their horizons and enabling them to develop an understanding of traditions, considering stereotypes and misconceptions.

We recognise the importance of every child achieving their God given potential and we support this by provide opportunities for students to explore all aspects of Art and express their thoughts and feelings, building their confidence to embrace their own and others creativity.

The Art department is a lively, forward thinking and successful department that constantly reviews and adapts its practise in order to enthuse and support students of all abilities to enjoy and fully participate in every opportunity that the subject presents. Within the department there are two Art teachers and one Photography teacher. All staff are passionate about their subject and actively encourage every student to aspire to achieve their best.

Head of Art & DT Faculty: Mrs S Bayliss
Art Teacher: Miss Z Ward
Art and Photography Teacher: Mr T Chilman

The department comprises of two large Art studios and a further Art/Photography classroom, all equipped with interactive whiteboards and visualisers. In addition there is a spacious outside balcony work space where students can create sculptural work or study the surrounding views. The department is well resourced with a wide range of specialist materials. It comprises two new kilns, a printing press, Apple Mac computers, Digital SLR cameras and laptops.

Art plays a central role in shaping our sense of our personal, social and cultural identity. Learning in Art also plays an important role in supporting children and young people to recognise and value the variety and vitality of culture locally, nationally and globally.

Learning in, through and about Art enables children and young people to:

  • Be creative and express themselves in different ways.
  • Experience enjoyment and contribute to other people’s enjoyment through creative and expressive work.
  • Develop important skills, both those specific to Art and those which are transferable, including literacy and numeracy.
  • Develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas and, for some, prepare for advanced learning and future careers by building foundations for excellence in Art.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students progress through varied and challenging projects that enable them to experience a wide range of starting points, materials and techniques.
In Year 7 students study Portraiture, respond to the work of Henri Rousseau, develop Graphic Graffiti style lettering skills and explore the work and techniques of Kandinsky; they will develop their drawing, shading, painting and collaging skills.
In Year 8 students explore the work of the Artist ‘Angie Lewin’ whilst studying their topic ‘Natural forms’. They will go on to explore the topic Masks and develop their perspective drawing skills. During this year they will refine their drawing skills and develop their confidence whilst handling a range of materials.


In Key Stage 4 students complete the AQA GCSE Art and Design course. This exciting course offers students the opportunity to refine their drawing, painting skills and the chance to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques ranging from silk batik to clay work. Students will develop their analytical skills whilst studying the work of past and contemporary Artists. They will produce two practical coursework units, one based on the theme ‘Food’ and the other being ‘Landscape’ or ‘Mask and Disguise’.

Currently Year 9 students are exploring their theme ‘Food’ developing their skills through a variety of techniques including collage and stippling.

Year 10 students are in the latter stages of their ‘Food’ unit; they are producing a wide variety of studies including Zentangles and polyblock prints.

In Year 11 students are focusing upon the theme ‘Mask and disguise’; they are developing imaginative work using a range of approaches and techniques including silk batik and lino printing.

A-Level - Fine Art

In Years 12 and 13 Art students follow the AQA A Level course. They finesse their Artistic skills and learn how to work independently, developing their own style and flair.

The A Level course is a two year course. At the start of Year 12 students will experience workshops using a variety of materials and approaches. They will develop their confidence at producing multimedia and multi-layered work. The techniques will push them to come out of their ‘comfort zone’ and encourage them to become more open to exploring the vast range of possibilities that art presents. 

The students will then move on to their Personal Study, Unit 3. They will conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choice. Alongside their practical work students are required to submit written work. The written element must be a structured response of continuous prose of up to 3,000 words. This unit is worth 60% of the A Level grade. 

In Year 13 students will complete an externally set assignment, Unit 4. This exam unit involves students selecting one question from an externally set paper. They develop a body of work in response to their chosen question. To conclude the exam unit students produce a final piece/pieces within a fifteen hour exam. Unit 4 is 40% of the A Level grade. 


A - Level - Photography

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it. 

On the course itself, students learn about the work of photographers before going on to creatively develop and explore their own ideas using a range of both traditional and digital techniques and processes. They will be expected to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of photography in a sketch pad leading to a final outcome for each unit of work. 

The A level is a two year course which comprises 2 units of work: 

Unit 3 – Personal investigation 

Unit 4 – Externally set assignment 

For the first two terms of the course, students will develop their photography skills in using the camera; contemporary, traditional and alternative photography; digital editing techniques; presentation of work and critical analysis of photographers’ work. They will then choose a theme or topic for their personal investigation unit which will take a year to complete. 

In Year 13 students will complete an externally set assignment, Unit 4. This exam unit involves students selecting one question from an externally set paper. They develop a body of work in response to their chosen question. To conclude the exam unit students produce a final piece/pieces within a fifteen hour exam. Unit 4 is 40% of the A Level grade. 


The Art Department has run a variety of trips that enable students to experience Art outside of the classroom. Students have visited Beckford Silk and learnt about the production of a range of silk products from the design stage through to manufacture.

Gifted and Talented students from Year 7-11 have attended a gallery visit and workshop experience at ‘The Wallace Collection’ London.

Year 10 Students have attended a day of experimental drawing techniques workshops at the Nature in Art Gallery and Museum.


Extra Curricular

Within the Art Department we actively encourage students to come into the Department during their study periods.

There is a Photography club that runs after school every Monday which caters for students from all year groups.

There is also an Art club that runs every Wednesday in both of the main Art studios. This is aimed primarily at supporting students in Years 9-13 who are working on their Art GCSE and A Levels. However, younger students with a passion for Art are welcome to attend.


Future Possibilities

After A Levels students can move into higher education, completing foundation and degree courses specialising in their area of interest.

There are many job opportunities within the world of Art. All large companies have a creative department that deals with marketing, promotion and advertising. They will also employ graphic designers to create logos and promotional materials.

There are also a wide range of careers that utilise artist skills including fashion designer, architect, film maker, product designer, magazine art director, illustrator, photographer, theatre artist director, stage and costume designer, music video producer, furniture designer, press photographer and animator.