Art and Technology

The faculty encompasses

  • Art and technology
  • Art, photography, food technology, textiles, product design, graphic design

Each subject is taught in specialist accommodation on different parts of the school site: Art in three well equipped studio classrooms and photography in an excellent large darkroom, technology in four rooms dedicated to food technology, textiles, product design and graphic design.

Each subject is staffed by subject specialists dedicated to delivering exciting and challenging learning experiences for the students. As a team we support and share ideas through regular formal meetings and informal opportunities. The mix of subjects means that there are always lively debates about learning and every teacher in the faculty has the opportunity to share aspects of good practice.

The faculty aims to teach Key Stage 3 and examination courses through a wide range of exciting and diverse project themes. We are proud of the enthusiasm and achievement of our students at every school level. Each subject area achieves excellent examination results usually well above the national average for similar schools.

Study visits, trips and extra-curricular clubs

In addition to the broad and exciting curriculum the faculty organises a wide range of extra-curricular activities and trips. Each year we use our links with local galleries and museums such as the Holbourne or the Fashion Museum to take part in local arts based initiatives and workshops. The older students have the chance to go to London galleries such as the Tate Modern, The Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Technology students have many opportunities to work with designers and craftspeople. We have worked with Dyson, Richard Bertinet, Waitrose and chocolatiers. Each year the GCSE students have the opportunity to visit the Clothes and Food shows at the NEC in Birmingham.

Resources and additional information

All of our students are given the opportunity to work with a wide range of interesting, sustainable, modern and traditional materials. We provide all resources that are necessary for the students to create work that they will be proud of. Some of the ingredients for the food courses will need to be sourced by the students due to the range of recipes they follow but there is provision to help those who find this a challenge.

We do encourage students to be resourceful and offer alternatives that they may wish to explore their ideas through.

The Department

Mrs R Capetti | Head of Faculty, Teacher of Art and Design KS3, 4, 5.  Teacher of Photography KS5

Miss D Churm | Teacher of Art and Design KS3, 4 and 5.

Miss R Davies | Head of Palmer House. Teacher of Textiles Technology KS3, 4 and 5.

Miss C Evans | Head of Technology. Teacher of Food Technology at KS3, 4 and 5.

Miss M Evans | Teacher of Textiles Technology KS3, 4 and 5.

Mrs E Johnson | Teacher of Product Technology KS3, 4 and 5.

Mr J Pearce | Teacher of Art and Technology KS3, 4 and 5. Teacher of Photography KS4 and 5.

Mrs M Dowding | Art and Technology Technician

Mr N Fuller | Technology Technician