Art, Design & Photography is in the Alderwood curriculum for the following important reasons:

1. Discovering potential talents through wide ranging challenges
2. Exploring the visual traditions of different times and cultures 
3. Developing personal confidence through discussion and presentations

We believe that everyone can achieve the highest standards through effort and by engaging with each new challenge. Homework is critical each week and designed to extend knowledge and understanding.

We offer AQA Art & Design and Photography courses and these can lead on directly to further study and many exciting career pathways.

The Art Rooms are open at break times and after school for extra work. We are building strong working links with our Infant and Junior schools through dynamic collaborations with museums, galleries and community challenges.

What can you achieve in Art today?


4-16 Overview

Curriculum Vision



KS3 Design & Technology

KS3 Design and Technology is part of a 3-subject carousel of learning which includes Cooking & Nutrition and Graphic Design.  Pupils will spend one term in both Year 7 and Year 8 in Design Technology and learn both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

There have been vast changes to GCSE Design and Technology, the content now emphasises the iterative design processes that all students should understand and be able to demonstrate and which is at the core of contemporary practice. It allows both breadth and depth of knowledge, without limiting students on the materials they can work with, enabling them to make choices appropriate to their design, rather than creating a design around a particular material. The new qualification has a huge focus on STEM and will better prepare students for further study and careers in design.

To reflect these changes a New Curriculum has been rolled out across both year 7 and 8 this academic year.

D&T KS3 Overview