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Head of Department: Ms A Kublik

Teachers: Mr R Lamb

Technician: Mrs L Spink

The department is a dynamic one and staff are keen to ensure all students reach their full potential. All creative work in the department is underpinned by both drawing and art history as a way of enabling students to improve technical skills and to place their own work in the context of others. Students have exhibited art work in London, Maidstone and Margate and many Sixth Form art students develop their interests to degree level. [updated October 2019]

Co-curricular activities

Open studios at lunch times for all year groups and art gallery visits.


Years 7, 8 and 9 Gallery
Years 10 and 11 Gallery
Years 12 and 13 Gallery

Calendar Competition

We had an extremely positive response to our PTA fund-raising calendar competition and received many beautiful, high-quality entries. We were delighted with the artwork submitted and have been able to make use of much of it in the final design (the work of around 100 students is featured). Well done to the students whose work was selected to feature in the 2021 calendar and to the many others who were shortlisted. Please look at the galleries and final calendar design to see if your work is featured!
2021 Calendar
2021 Calendar Runners-up Galleries: Year 7; Year 8; Year 9 

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7

Students focus on painting and drawing, making connections to the work of various artists linked to the theme of 'Animals'. They develop their drawing skills working in a wide range of materials, manipulating the grid method as a way of improving accuracy. Colour theory is included in the Year 7 project and students learn how to mix colours and paint application skills. Students have the opportunity to complete written analysis and annotation to develop literacy skills and students practise their 3D-making skills working in clay.

Year 8

Architecture is the focus for students in Year 8. Students devise their own compositions; developing their drawing skills by practising a variety of techniques and manipulating a wide range of mark making to create texture. Students produce their own architecture based outcomes, inspired by notable architects. They experiment with materials including colour pencils and paint

Year 9

Students focus on the theme of 'Identity', looking at portraiture and relevant linked artists.  They develop their drawing skills, manipulating the grid method as a way of improving the accuracy of their work. Students use a wide range of techniques and materials including colour pencils, printing making and collage as a way of understanding the colour palettes and techniques used by artists. Students are also given the opportunity to research the theme independently.

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GCSE: Years 10 and 11

GCSE course content:

  • Course work 60%
  • Exam 40%

Exam Board: AQA

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Year 10

Students in Year 10 produce work based on the theme of ‘Inside’. They research relevant artists and respond to them in different ways manipulating a range of materials; drawing must be evident throughout sketch books. As work progresses, students annotate and analyse the work of artists and designers to strengthen the connection to their own work. When research is complete, students develop their ideas to produce 3 possible designs for a final outcome. A final outcome in 2D is made based on the most successful parts of their developments.

Year 11

Students work towards creating 3D ceramic resolutions, building and developing on the research gathered in Year 10, alongside new work on the theme of 'Natural Forms'. The portfolio/coursework element of the course is finalised in Year 11 with work handed in prior to the externally set task starting in January.

Exam: The exam paper is given out in January of Year 11 and students usually have a period of about 12 weeks to complete any preparatory work; students can be supported in lessons by their teacher for this section of the exam period. The 10-hour exam itself will take place over two days and will be completed by the student unaided by their teacher.

A Level: Years 12 and 13

Entry requirement: GCSE Art and Design grade 6

Exam Board: AQA

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Aims and outcomes

A level Art and Design provides candidates with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. It allows students to develop recording abilities particularly in drawing, painting and photography manipulating a range of techniques. Students have the opportunity to select their own theme and to follow their own interests to produce in-depth and personal outcomes. A level Art is beneficial for students wishing to pursue further study or careers in any of the creative fields such as Architecture, Fashion, Illustration, Fine Art, Ceramics, Stage Set Design and Media Studies.

Year 12/13 Curriculum:

  • Course work 60%
  • Exam 40%

Students are taught various ways to respond to artists and these skills are developed throughout the two-year course. Research consists of direct observational drawings that relate to chosen artists and full annotation of thought processes and analysis of artist’s work. Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible and to produce work in both 2D and 3D. Initial research is then developed by experimenting with composition, colour and imagery to produce an outcome that is conceptual and skilfully made. Students are given regular individual tutorials and assessment is continual. Examination papers are given out in February of Year 13 and students have approximately a 12-week preparation period to gather research and development on the set theme. At the end of the preparation period, students sit the 15-hour, three-day examination during which they produce an unaided outcome.






Year 12 Coursework Portfolio:
Practical unit based on a set theme using a variety of skills and media such as: photography, drawing, painting, mixed media, and ceramics








Year 13 Personal Investigation:
Practical investigation using the skills and techniques developed in Year 12. This is linked to the written investigation.

Year 13 Written Investigation:

An essay of at least 1000 words linking to the Year 13 practical work. This is marked separate to the practical work but is included in the Unit 1 mark.


Externally set Assessment:
An externally set assignment in which students respond to given starting points. Students have a set period of preparation time, culminating in a 15-hour practical exam to produce their final outcome.



Careers Education

The Department has a successful track record of students proceeding to study Art. Students embark on Art and Design Foundation Courses locally and others go directly onto Art and Design degree courses. Recently, students have embarked on courses in Fine Art, Architecture and Art Gallery Curating. We advise students on suitable Art and Design careers most appropriate for them and suggest suitable institutions at which to study.

The Department provides specific guidance to students applying for Art courses locally and further afield. Visiting lecturers from local colleges come into school to speak to students regarding entry qualifications, work expectations and show examples of work produced by passed students.

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