Art and Design

Department Overview

Design Technology and Art and design are extremely successful and continues to be a popular option choice at Broughton Hall Catholic High school. Elective choices are made at the end of year 8. Student have a choice of both GCSE and Applied courses and encompass both 2 and 3 year pathways.

Student uptake in the creative subjects continues to be strong, Year 9 - 10 classes, year 10 - 8 classes, and y11- 9 classes, Art & Design technology attainment at KS4 is significantly above National expectations.

Progression to A Level is very good. The department delivers 3 creative A level Art & Design pathways. Fine Art, Textiles and Photography.

Our Aims

Our aims are to provide opportunities for pupils to:
  • To experience a range of different materials areas.
  • To strive for successful outcomes
  • Be creative and develop thinking skills
  • Work independently and develop self esteem
  • To develop attitudes of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness

We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example. We deliver Design Technology/Art with a consistent and coordinated approach.

Accomodation and Resources

The Art & Design Technology Departments is well resourced and based in the Design Centre, situated adjacent to the main school building. It comprises designated art, textiles, product design and food rooms, a photography suite, containing both Apple Macs and PCs and a multipurpose room that is used for the delivery of art and design.

Equipment has been purchased to ensure pupils are working with state of the art resources, particularly in the area of CAD CAM and e learning. A laser cutter is used in conjunction with 2D design software to allow students, at all key stages, to use computer aided design and manufacture when they design products. The textiles department is well resourced with CAD CAM embroidery machines and over-lockers. All rooms have an interactive Promethean board, a computer for the teacher and a bank of computers for pupil use, including Apple Mac computers.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
Pupils study Art & Design technology two times a week in Year 7.They will be taught Art , Textiles , Food and Nutrition , Product Design approx. 18 weeks in each subject area. Pupils will have lessons in 2 subject areas until February and rotate into the additional 2 subjects areas until July.

Year 8
Pupils study Art & Design technology three times a week in year 8 .They will be taught Art 2D, Art 3D, Textiles, Food Technology, Product design, using a successful carrousel model then gives approx. 8 weeks in each subject area.

Year 8
Due to the requirements of the new GCSE specification students begin their option in Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Creative subjects are popular subjects at KS4. Courses have been selected to support the range of student needs. Students have 5 or 6 lessons per 2 week cycle in their option choices.

Student have a choice of both GCSE and Applied courses and encompass both 2 and 3 year pathways. GCSE courses: AQA Photography, Design Technology, Art and Design, Food and Nutrition, Applied courses: BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Art and design in practice, WJEC Level 1 / 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering.

Key Stage 5

Creative subjects are popular subjects at KS5. Students have 8 or 10 lessons per 2 week cycle in their Level 3 choices.

The department offers a range of pathways from The AQA Art and Design specification: Photography, Textiles and Fine Art. The teaching of Fine Art is shared with Cardinal Heenan in the consortium arrangements of our shared Sixth form.

Students consistently progress from A Level Art & Design to art foundation course or most frequently to Fashion & Textiles and Textiles Technology degree courses.

Local and National Gallery trips support the students learning in all our areas

Contact Information

For more information please contact Mrs Adamson on 0151 541 9440.

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