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Expressive Arts

The Expressive Arts Faculty consists of four highly experienced members of staff. Our aim is to provide our pupils with a challenging, exciting and broad art and design curriculum experience where they can learn to develop skills in a range of areas through various, interesting programs of study.

The faculty strives to ensure that the materials that pupils use are of the best quality. We pride ourselves on being well equipped and well resourced. We also make every effort to provide pupils with the opportunity to buy their own art equipment at the cheapest possible rate.

Pupils have been highly successful within this faculty from Key Stage 3 through to examination level in GCSE, AS and A level. Every year we see many of our pupils go on to study Art & Design at a higher level and many of our past pupils have built new and exciting careers for themselves in the Creative Industries, which is the fastest growing sector of UK Industry.

Pupils have the opportunity to go on a variety of museum and gallery visits. Pupils also have the opportunity to work with visiting artists or to work on Community projects. We strive to provide as many enrichment art activities as possible.

Link to Art Website


Staff Member Responsibility
Linsey Barrett Head of Faculty & Leader of Learning
Ryan James Teacher of Music
Michelle Madley Teacher of Art
Lucy Thomas Teacher of Art


Years 7 and 8

Pupils are introduced to the basics of painting, drawing, colour mixing and printmaking by focusing on projects including, Africa, Roald Dahl and Fairy Tales. They then they build upon this with an understanding of emotions in art through Racism & Discrimination, Pirates and Graffiti in Year 8. Each of these projects is designed to stretch learners and provide a wide variety of learning linked with the multiple skills needed to pursue an education in Art & Design.

Pupils are expected to keep a sketchbook within which they can complete their homework tasks. Uniquely, in our art department, homework is a mini-project produced over a six week period which encourages high levels of independent learning and sets pupils up well for taking the subject into GCSE.

Years 9, 10 and 11 

Sixth Form Courses