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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 9

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.

In Year 9 students complete an Urban Landscapes project, which enables students to engage with their environment and the work of Street Artists to create a collaborative response. Students then study the theme of Identity through the work of Grayson Perry.


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 9


In year 9, students have one lesson of theory and one lesson of practical technology per week. Each unit of 12 weeks focuses on a practical project of their choice (Textiles/ Product or Mixed Media) building on the theory behind using different materials that they learnt in KS3. To ensure students are aware of the rigour of GCSE Technology practice exam questions and written homework are embedded within live group projects geared towards preparing students for their final exam and coursework module in year 11.


Introduction to GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

Students will learn more in depth knowledge and understanding of ingredients and their food provenance along with a growing awareness of social, cultural and environment issues that impact on choices.They will also get a chance to look at different dietary requirements and create dishes for a specific dietary need. Students will consolidate their understanding of how to conduct a food science investigation and will learn more about the functional and working characteristics of ingredients. Students will also start to look at dovetailing their time in practical lessons and will look at ways to present dishes to a professional standard.