About the Department

Head of Department: Ms C. Kenny

The Art and Design department continues to grow in size. Student numbers at Key Stages 4 and 5 have continued to grow steadily. The subject commitment of both staff and students enabled the department to gain 100% pass rates at both GCSE and A Level.

The department arranges visits to both the Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool on a regular basis at Key Stages 4 and 5. Recently the Sixth Form students have enjoyed a visit to the Tate Liverpool and are also arranging a visit to the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery in London. Visits such as these are greatly encouraged, enabling students to complete exciting portfolios of work, with a real influence of both traditional and contemporary artists.

Commitment Statement

The aim of developing a community which recognises and respects the value of every individual is an important aspect of the Art and Design department.

All students’ visual interpretations, however divergent the outcomes, are valid and worthwhile. We hope to instill in all the students a feeling of worth in what they and others create. This covers work produced by themselves, their class, their year, other years, their culture, other cultures and times.

We hope that they will gain pleasure and knowledge from seeing their own work and that of others displayed in the Art Rooms and around the building. In being able to see how others have responded to a particular theme or problem can widen their horizons and develop a more tolerant viewpoint. They may also be able to recognise that what is produced in one subject area can be very relevant to other subject areas.

Within the work produced, displays and discussion we hope to develop in the students an independence of thought and a sense of personal awareness and responsibility by engendering a sense of personal integrity.