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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 10 and 11 

In KS4 students build on and extend the skills they have developed throughout KS3, to create a portfolio of Art work. They are encouraged to explore their own personal ideas and interests, to create personal responses to themes. We believe in the growth mindset and risk taking, were students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes to develop their skills, knowledge and ability.

Visits to galleries, artist workshops and extra-curricular clubs and activities also form an important part of our curriculum. We have regular Art clubs each week for KS4, where students are supported to complete class work and home work to a good standard and are encouraged to try out and experiment with new materials and ways of working. All KS4 students will have the opportunity to go on a trip to a gallery or artist workshop to support their studies.

In Year 10 our projects include; Journeys, where students respond to work of Joseph Cornell and create their own work around the theme of real or imagined journeys. We study Organic Forms, through drawing, painting, printing, collage, felt making, jewellery and other methods to develop student’s practical and making skills.

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.


Examination Board


GCSE Fine Art

Link to AQA Art and Design Syllabus: