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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 8 

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. Our year 8 students have been investigating Typography and Graphic Design.

In Year 8 our topics include; a Press and Print typography project, which aims to develop design and printing skills and an Under the Microscope project, where students study organic forms close up in order to design and create a response in clay.


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:

  • Arts Award Bronze for Year 7 and 8 students with artist Victoria Burgher
  • Year 7 and 8, 10 week club with photographer Marysa Dowling
  • A Year 9 photography project with artist Ania Bas
  • Year 10 visit to the Joseph Cornell Exhibition and a series of workshops with artist Liane Harris
  • A drawing master class for Year 11 students with artist Ceri Davies

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 8

Textiles (CAD/ CAM Zip Bag Project)

Students develop their research skills by choosing a country to be the theme for their zip bag project.  From this they must guide their own learning about the culture, styles and designers from that country and find inspiration for their hand drawn designs. Students then augment these designs using Photoshop to turn their initial sketches into repeat patterns in colour. This design is then sublimation printed onto fabric which is then constructed into a zip bag. Alongside the practical application of software skills is the theory of production techniques and systems covering CAD/CAM in design and manufacturing principles. Students develop their previous learning of technical textiles through the study of modern and smart materials.

Product Design (Packaged Compact Mirror)

The year 8 compact mirror project is an exciting cross-curricular project based on students’ independent research into different cultures, art and design. In the first week students are set a task to conduct intense research into various continents which then develops into an inspiration board from which design ideas are taken. This design is then augmented on design software, sublimation printed and heat pressed onto acrylic, giving students practical knowledge of processes appropriate to different materials. The final outcome is then packaged using the student's’ own designs, which they create using accurate measuring skills and knowledge of paper and boards.  The project focuses on building research skills and the theory aims to develop subject knowledge in new and emerging technologies and their impact on enterprise and industrial practices.

Food (Healthy eating and food from around the world)

Students continue to be introduced to new flavours and dishes from other cultures to experiment with. They will be introduced to more theory based lessons on processing and where our food comes from. Students are introduced to food science experiments and continue to learn about new cultures and their dishes to explore and experiment with practical skills ready for KS4. Examples of the types of foods students will be looking at and producing are: Thai and Italian with an opportunity for students to make their own pasta from scratch.