Art and Design

"Creativity takes courage"

- Henri Matisse

Welcome to the Art and Design department at GTS.

A creative, colourful, vibrant, sometimes messy, sometimes quiet reflective space which fosters independent, creative learning

We offer a comprehensive KS3 curriculum and are a popular KS4 choice.

The department consists of 2 art teachers and a part time technician.

Differentiation from KS3 to KS4


Year 8 
One lesson a fortnight throughout the year. Students will develop a range of skills focussing on the elements of art.


Year 9
Introduction to GCSE art and design.

Years 10
Development of coursework folder, students will build evidence in their portfolio working to the specification by AQA.

Year 11   
Autumn term to complete coursework folder. Spring term will be the exam period which will conclude with a 10 hour exam.




Regular tasks are set to ensure that students can make progress in the subject.


There is an expectation that students will be independent learners and develop their work in depth and that this will be supported through homework tasks. In order to present an accomplished portfolio students need to be self-motivated and engaged with their progress


The department has 2 purpose built light well- resourced studios and a gallery area which is used for small workshops and intervention work.

GCSE students need to purchase the following:

  • A good quality spiral bound sketchbook

  • A plastic A3 folder (to protect art work between school and home)

  • Set of pencils

  • Good eraser (only used for art work)

We have a small art shop where students can purchase the above items as well as an extended range of art materials.



  • Boxing club mural as part of E and I programme.

  • Rhythm  and Blues Mural in the music department

  • Mosaic panel situated at The Plough Gallery as part of E&I

  • Uganda mural

  • The department has had several students work published in the Specialist Art supplies catalogue.

  • Annual art exhibitions to showcase the students work.


We have a good uptake of GCSEs within the Design department.

Staff Members


Subject Lead

Mrs Tanya Kevern

01805 623531 Ext. 344


Mrs Michelle Witney