Curriculum intent

We study Art as a visual component of the wider curriculum where students are encouraged to really look at artworks and the world around them, to consider why objects, artefacts and things we take for granted look the way they do. Everything we use in life has been designed by someone with an artistic eye or artistic background.  People who are risk takers, experimenters and are not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. Our aim is to develop curious, confident artists who learn through doing, whether the outcome is intended or not. We want students to reflect on their own artworks and artworks of others, to give reasoned judgements and are not afraid to have an opinion. Students should be proud of their outcomes and be happy to show off their skills and abilities.  

The Team and Facilities

The Art department consists of 3 purpose built rooms that are well equipped with a wide variety of equipment and materials; a printing press, textile equipment and computers in each room to aid the development of computer manipulated imagery and research. Each room has a wide selection of art reference books and this is further supported by the library. In addition to the multipurpose art rooms we have a fully equipped ceramic and 3D room which the students thoroughly enjoy using.

The art team of 5 have a broad range of expertise in painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles and ceramics. All art teachers teach across the broad range of skills and also develop contextual understanding in our students and can give educational guidance for those students wishing to study art at a higher level.

We run a range of trips and visits to local galleries and further afield to Oxford and London, also to other venues to enable our students to draw from direct observation. Life drawing is organised for those study at AS and A2 level. We also run a successful Arts Week yearly in July to encourage students across the school to work creatively, visiting artists also help to support these weeks. KS3, KS4 and KS5 work is exhibited across Shenley Brook End school and we hold yearly exhibitions of the students work to celebrate their success.

We aim to develop each student as an individual by enabling them to experiment with a wide variety of materials and subject matter.

key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 and 8 study in tutor groups and receive 2 x 50 minute sessions a week. The two year course is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of materials and to develop a range of outcomes including painting, drawing, print and sculpture. Students may feel they prefer one area over another but this gives them a good understanding of the broadness of Art and Design and equips them to study Art at a higher level.

If you want more information contact Mrs C Wright.


Bridging Year

In Year 9 students study Art and Design if taken as an option subject. Students study in mixed ability groups and are taught for 6 x 50 minute sessions a cycle. The bridging year is designed for students to access a range of different topics and skill sets each half term. We currently look at mark-making, print (collagraph, etching, monotype printing and lino), painting and experimentation and textile processes. Each student is encouraged to keep their test pieces and outcomes in the form of a scrapbook ready to refer back to in Years 10 and 11.

If you want more information please contact Mrs C Wright.


Key stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 students will undertake two mini projects focusing on specific assessment objectives before moving onto one major project that will need to cover the four assessment objectives set out by the exam board (AQA).  These projects will form component 1 which is a portfolio of work and makes up 60% of their final grade. Students have access to any equipment and processes already explored but the art team are happy to look at other options if interest and dedication is shown. In the January of Year 11 students receive their exam paper. This is component 2 and is the externally set assignment set by AQA. Students are required to produce a body of work, in a given time frame, and all assessment objects must be covered. The externally set assignment culminates in a 10 hour exam at the beginning of May.

For coursework and exam preparation students receive regular feedback through marking, tutorials and peer feedback. There is a mock exam in December where a final portfolio piece is produced and students are also allocated 2 exam preparation days in February. Art Clubs are offered for those wishing to have extra support or to use our facilities at lunchtimes or on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays afterschool 3.30-4.30.

If you want more information please contact Mrs C Wright.

Sixth Form

The A level course is divided into 2 components;  Component 1 consists of a portfolio investigation and a related study.  The portfolio investigation follows a broad theme set by SBE school that students can interpret in any way they choose, following guidance from teaching staff and ensuring the four assessment objectives are being covered.  Students are free to choose their creative journey in the area they want to develop their skills in.  The related study is a research and reflective written aspect that relates to their portfolio investigation which needs to be a minimum of 1000 words.

Component 2 ‘Externally set assignment’ is a set paper by the exam board which is given on 1st February and culminates in a 15 hour exam. We are currently using OCR exam body.

In Years 12 and 13 students receive 11 x 50 minutes a cycle but are expected to build on this in the form of independent study. Students have access to a wide range a materials, media and approaches to develop their work and themselves as aspiring artists.

If you want more information contact Mrs C Wright.