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Teaching staff

  • Laura Davies - Curriculum Leader
  • Katy Harrison-Taylor

support staff 

  • Toni Harvey
  • Victoria Burgher

Curriculum Aims 

The aim of the Art Curriculum Area at Sarah Bonnell School is to foster an ethos of excellence and achievement through creative thought and enquiry. We encourage all students to take risks and to creatively and imaginatively develop their ideas through experimentation with materials and through studying the work of both contemporary and modern artists and cultures from around the world.

Creative Industries are becoming increasingly important to the UK and to World Economies. We believe that is important that are students are prepared for this ever changing world of work through a wide ranging curriculum covering many different areas. Creativity, problem solving and flexibility are all important qualities in our modern and ever changing world, so we strive to develop these within the students we teach.  

Year 7

Throughout KS3, students are taught to use a wide range of different materials and techniques, in order to develop an in-depth understanding of the subject area. Students work to develop drawing skills, use chalk and oil pastels, ink, paint, print making, collage, ICT and photography as well as experimenting with sculptural materials such as wire, mod roc, card and clay.

Recent projects include; a portrait painting project looking at the work of Frida Kahlo, an Urban Landscapes project, were students either went on a Shoreditch Street Art tour, or took part in a series of photography workshops with artist Ania Bas, focusing on the local area and developing photography skills. 

Visits to galleries, artist workshops and extra-curricular clubs and activities also form an important part of our curriculum at KS3.

Year 7 curriculum includes:

  • A Portrait Project focusing on the work of Frida Kahlo
  • Painting techniques
  • Pattern project focusing on the work of Yinka Shonibare


Sarah Bonnell and Bow Arts Consortium

We are also part of the Sarah Bonnell and Bow Arts Consortium, with Bow Arts, 4 local primary schools and one local nursery. Through the consortium, schools have access to artist workshop days, visits, professional development and collaborative planning days. We recently celebrated a very successful first year of this collaboration with a day of workshops and an exhibition attended by the consortium schools, teachers and students, artists and parents and carers.

Some of the projects we have been involved with include; a Year 9 photography project with artist Ania Bas, drawing master class for year 11 students with artist Ceri Davies, Arts Award Bronze for Year 7 and 8 students with artist Victoria Burgher, Year 10 visit to the Joseph Cornell Exhibition and a series of workshops with artist Liane Harris, and a Year 7 and 8, 10 week club with photographer Marysa Dowling. We look forward to another successful year and widening of the consortium.

Design and Technology

teaching staff

  • Joanne Bowen - Curriculum Leader 
  • Shamima Koli - Product Design (Maternity Leave)
  • Natalie Simmons - Product Design Teacher
  • Katie Allso - Food Technology
  • Carla Bruno - Food Technology

Curriculum Aims

At Sarah Bonnell, the aim of Design technology is to prepare students for the rapidly advancing technological world. We aim to provide all students the opportunity to be empowered through creative problem solving. Independence and taking ownership of own learning is at the heart of the subject and embedded in projects through activities inside and outside of the classroom. Innovative projects are being designed to provide experiences for inquisitive individuals to explore different material areas.

Our friendly department strives to ensure that all students value the school ethos of;

‘Be proud. Aim high. Work hard. Be nice. No excuses’


Year 7

Textiles (Creative Cushion Project)

During this project students are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of fabrics and textiles techniques. Using the natural world as inspiration to develop new design ideas, students use recycled materials and components to create a cushion to promote the beauty of nature and raise awareness of environmental issues caused predominantly by the textiles industry. Students are introduced to health and safety in the textiles workshops through hand and machine embroidery, marking and measuring, fabric construction, surface decoration, embellishment and using machinery such as the heat transfer press. Students research, design and plan their final outcomes as well as evaluating them. This project complements the units of theory which are taught weekly alongside the practical lessons covering sustainability and the environment, fibres, yarns, fabrics and introduces them to composite materials and technical textiles.

Product Design (Acrylic Clock Project)

During this project students design and make a working clock that is freestanding and has a fully functional circuit with a bulb and a switch. The design brief is set to allow students to not only enjoy making but learn through making, studying the Art Deco movement as inspiration. The students learn about the properties and characteristics of plastics, various electronic components and how to build a successful circuit. Students develop skills in how to design confidently on 2D Design and watch their clocks being manufactured on the laser cutter during lessons. Students focus on different types of motions and apply it to their language of evaluating and reflecting.  Overall the project is very enjoyable; a great introduction to materials and equips students well for year 8 Technology.

Combination Project (Wood and fabric mobile phone deck chair)

Students develop their problem solving and engineering skills by creating a deck chair as a mobile phone holder using limited amounts of dowel and fabric pieces. Combining these materials allows students to reach varied outcomes and develop their design solution skills through mixed medias which is a requirement of the AQA GCSE coursework. Students may decorate the final product using appropriate paints, crayons and pens suitable to the materials. Students study new and emerging technologies in industry and enterprise, working with materials such as paper, boards, natural and manufactured timber, the impact of design on people and society and how design decisions are made.

Food (Introduction to food technology and healthy eating)

Students are introduced to the concept of healthy eating, the eat well guide and how they can find the nutritional information on foods to make informed and considered choices about what they are eating. Students learn the basics in cooking and how to make simple modifications to recipes. Students are encouraged to be creative with presentation to create aesthetically pleasing dishes and are given opportunities to explore the versatility of ingredients and are encouraged to experiment with tastes and textures to create exciting and healthy dishes.