Head of Faculty: Ms L Whiteoak

Lead in Department: Mrs V O'Brien:

Teaching Staff:

Mrs E Edgecombe:
Miss M Wallis
Miss M Jefferies

Art technician: 

Miss C Thackstone 

The department consists of skilled and experienced specialists who introduce students to artists and their work and give demonstrations of practical skills, explanations about different ways of seeing and making art. When studying art students will investigate individual artists and art movements, research and make gallery visits, experiment with materials, develop techniques and ideas. 

The Art Department has 4 well-equipped studios each with 5 Mac computers, providing the opportunity for a broad based curriculum throughout Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level. At post-16 we offer Photography in addition to Art.

Art is a very popular, high achieving subject and this is reflected in the work students produce and the numbers of students taking it on to examination level.

To learn more about careers relating to this specific subject, please look here-

In addition to the careers work delivered in class, the school offers a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year including-

  • Themed assemblies including visits from colleges, universities, apprenticeships, employers and previous students to explore career pathways.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – college and university taster days to help our students plan their studies beyond school.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – The maths team support students with a day of money management classes and the English team support with CV writing and interview skills.

  • Mock interviews for years 7, 9 & 10 to build confidence and employability skills.

  • Guest speakers and tutor time drop-ins to meet employers, education providers, previous students and representatives from other organisations in an informal setting.

  • Work experience week to help our year 10 students build their confidence, their employability skills and their work awareness.

  • Job of the week information delivered in tutor time to encourage students to explore different career pathways and the skills and qualifications required.

  • College, 6th form and university open evenings to help students and their families explore options beyond school.

  • And plenty more!

The careers office is open Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm for students to visit and talk through their ideas. Specific 121s can be booked with parents too if requested, but students are welcome to drop in any time.

The careers office is based in the centre of school within the Student Reception area. You can contact Mrs Leatherby on 01278 784881 or Email

To see the Year 7 Learning Cycle 1 Homework booklet please click here.

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