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    Art is part of the Design & Visual Arts Faculty

    • Ms C Peres da Costa - Head of Art (Ceramics Specialist)
    • Miss E Harker - Teacher of Art
    • Mr N Tulsidas - Teacher in Charge of Photography (see separate sub page for course information)
    • Mrs J Bwye - Art Technician

    The philosophy behind the National Curriculum is that students should receive a balanced education.  Bishop Ramsey places the inclusion of the creative arts as an essential part of this balanced curriculum, by which all students can achieve their greatest potential.

    As a church school we feel that a creative God should be at the centre of our thinking, remembering that we are made in his image and therefore all have a level of creativity within us. It is with this in mind that we hope our students will be able to develop their full creative potential through our department.


    During Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to work with a wide range of media such as painting, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking and animation. The History of Art is also a key part of students’ learning experience and students are taught about artists from Art Movements such as Pop Art and Surrealism as well as contemporary Fine Art, Design and Crafts practice.  In Year 7 we run a cross curricular Art and RE Reward Trip to St Paul’s and the Tate Modern.

    Year 7
    Students are given the themes of ‘Animals and Sea-Life’ and produce a range of 2D and mixed media work related to this. The activities lead into the cross curricular theme of ‘The Lion King project’ developing ideas and final pieces in the second term. The student’s produce a 3D animal mask which they display in the summer term at the Multicultural Arts Fayre and Expressive Arts Lion King event. Skills learned range from colour theory, mark making, observational drawing and imaginative painting in the first two terms to 3D and ceramics in the third term.

    Year 8
    Students are given the themes of ‘Still Life, Architecture Pop Art and Culture’. During this year students build on the skills learned in Year 7 developing their observational drawing and painting skills within the different projects set and looking at a range of artists from Pop Art to traditional and contemporary fine artists such as Henri Matisse and Michael Craig Martin. During the year students develop their skills in media such as 3D ceramics and animation on a theme chosen by their teacher.          

    Year 9 - GCSE Art and Design

    Students who have opted to study Art at GCSE will be given a series of topics based on the new Edexcel GCSE specification. They will learn skills and techniques to equip them with knowledge and artistic experience ready for Year 10. They will have the opportunity to work with painting, textiles, ceramics and printing, following various themes that offer them a greater degree of choice and independent learning.  

    Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

    Students at Key Stage 4 can choose from two courses.

    • GCSE Art and Design
    • GCSE 3 Dimensional Design

    GCSE Art and Design

    We use the EDEXCEL GCSE syllabus. Further detailed information can be obtained by going to

    Over the two year period our students will produce a series of coursework outcomes based on themes of ‘Customs and Cultures, Still Life and Myself.’ Students will be given the opportunity to work in a range of media and develop skills including Painting, drawing, silk painting, printing and ceramics.

    Towards the end of the course they will sit a 10 hour exam set by the exam board. This combined with their coursework will result in a final grade.

    The course will cover the following areas:

    • Component 1: Personal portfolio (Coursework) 60%
    • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (Exam) 40%

    Good research and development linked with critical and historical studies are an important part of the course.


    Component 1 Portfolio:

    We use the AQA Syllabus. Further information can be obtained by going to

    Students produce a skills based project on the theme of their teacher’s choice. They will also produce work for a sustained project on theme of Structures. The Portfolio will consist of a workbook containing drawings, designs, experiments, research on Crafts people and Sculptors as well as 3D pieces constructed in clay and other sculptural materials. The Portfolio is worth 60% of the total mark.

    Component 2 Externally Set Assignment:

    During the January of Year 11 students are set their External Assignment. They are given a choice of different tasks and pick one to complete. Students have 8 weeks preparation time plus ten hours of supervised time where they will make a 3D final piece. The Externally Set Assignment is worth 40% of the total mark.

    Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

    We use the AQA Syllabus. Further information can be obtained by going to

    Students undertaking the Fine Art Endorsement will be expected to produce evidence of work chosen from at least one discipline such as sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking or digital art. In the Autumn and Spring terms of Year 12 students will learn about the different art disciplines before specialising in a preferred media for their Personal Investigation.

    Drawing skills from observation are important and will be reflected in coursework. In recent years we have run Life Drawing sessions as well as trips to hear professional artists talk and gallery visits.

    Component 1:

    Personal Investigation  60%: 

    • Supporting studies (Sketchbooks, designs, preparatory work)
    • Practical work  in media of choice
    • Essay linked to Personal Investigation theme (1000-3000 words)

    Component 2:

    Externally set assignment  40%:

    • Preparatory studies
    • 15 hour period of sustained focus