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Safe and happy - see the results of our student survey “I am delighted that our students feel so safe and happy while at school. I am especially pleased with how secure they feel during unstructured time such as break and lunch." Mr Carey


Stuck for ideas on what to read? Wondering what to read after 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'? Check out our recommended reading lists including top 10 for and loads more at


"Very proud of all our MANY boys who received certificates for outstanding effort, attainment and progress at the end of last term." Mr Ingham Full story and pics at


Download pictures and films from . Loads to look back on and enjoy here


A huge THANK YOU to our staff who gave up 9 days of their Easter hols to make happen, to the families who saved up for the trip, and to this fabulous group of students who made friends wherever they went by their exemplary behaviour. Simply unforgettable!


Our beginner groups took the challenging run through the forest this morning at . Watch them in action! Fantastic work everyone...


Boys.... stuck for ideas on what to read??? Check out the Year 7-10 recommended reading lists on our page at Loads of compelling suggestions, plus new recommendations for the summer term


Lots of pictures and films from Crans Montana today at See our beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders in action... We're soooo proud of this group and how well they are doing!


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Students are developing nicely with a push for beginners to move to the intermediate levels tomorrow.


Day 3 of saw blue skies again. See more pics of our snowboarders and skiers as they develop their skills and take on new challenges Great work everyone!


News and pics from Day 2 of with and . Beautiful sunrise, fantastic conditions, amazing progress - and relaxing in a thermal spa at day's end. Heaven! More pics and full report Great work everyone...


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An inflatable challenge.


Day one on the slopes . A few faces in the snow, bumps and bruises but loads of learning and fun. Novices now snowploughing. Advanced group at 2257 feet! Proud of you all... More pics and full report at


We've arrived safely in , Switzerland, for 2018 snow sports trip. Greeted by heavy snow. Bodes well! Reports and pictures from tomorrow at


We're so proud of Crispin for his excellent performance in the Speak Out challenge regional final last night . Many congrats to winner Omotola from and all the other fantastic contestants. What a great event!


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"Wotsists for 50p" brilliant speech by Crispin from about the black market in unhealthy snacks on the playground fuelling an unhealthy lifestyle.


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Amazing to have so many Southwark schools represented by impressive young people at tonight’s event - high 5 Teams and SILS!


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Good afternoon Please can you let your students 16+ know we are recruiting thank you ☺


Great game indeed and congratulations to the winners too! :-)

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.



Beautifully designed objects, fashion, buildings, cars, films, illustrations, photographs and ideas surround us. It is easy to forget that artists have carefully considered, developed and realised their creation.

Through contextual studies, students will explore historical, social, cultural, moral and political aspects of Art.

We believe that Art provides an opportunity to develop expression, creativity, confidence and self-esteem.  Students are encouraged to take creative risks through experimentation with a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes.

Students learn how to solve problems creatively and how to reflect on and analyse their own and others’ work developing critical thinking skills.

For further information contact Kat Avloniti

Curriculum summary

Key Stage 3

  • ‘Identity and portraiture Project’ – teaching foundational knowledge and skills in art such as the seven formal elements, colour theory, mark making and their experiences of transitioning into secondary school.
  • ‘Movement Project’ – Building on analytical skills and consolidating skills learnt in the previous topic through an experimental and expressing project.
  • ‘Public Art’ – Introduction to new and contemporary practices in the art world and synthesizing these into classroom projects. We build self-esteem and exploration within a project which looks at visual literacy, helping the pupils to understand images that they see daily.
  • ‘Texture and Surfaces Project’ - Using the environment to explore textures and classical artistic processes. This introduces the pupils to new media and techniques.
  • ‘Sugar and Fairtrade Project’ – Pupils explore more media and techniques within a mixed media piece and consider the effects of the sugar farming industry and child labour.
  • ‘Still Life Project’ – Pupils investigate one of the world’s most classical art subjects. They reinforce ideas around recording and mark making which culminates into a GCSE taster project.

Key Stage 4

  • Year 9 – This course is structured into three themes which will build the skill set needed. They will work on revisiting and reinforcing formal elements of art alongside key theories and their impact. Also pupils will be supported in improving their analytical and evaluative skills. The year will be delivered thematically with elements of independant learning enabling students to solve problems creatively. In addition they will learn how to reflect on and analyse their own and others’ work developing critical thinking skills.
  • Year 10 – This course is structured into two themes which will consolidate the skill set needed, ‘Natural Form’ and ‘Identity’. Pupils will be supported in improving their analytical and evaluative skills, building on their previous learning. The year will be delivered thematically with elements of independent learning enabling students to solve problems creatively. In addition they will develop reflective and analytical skills, showing criticality towards their own and others’ work.
  • Year 11 – This course is divided into two sections ‘Natural Form’ and then the exam project. Pupils will develop contextual studies and investigations of historical, cultural, moral and political aspects of Art, building on their previous learning. The year will be delivered thematically with an expectation of independent learning enabling students to solve problems creatively with clear reflection and analysis.

Students will take the GCSE in Art and Design in Year 11 from EdExcel exam board.

  • Unit 1 5ADO1/ Unit 2 5AD02
  • Unit 1 - Coursework (60%)
  • Unit 2 - Externally set assignment (40%). 


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 assessment focuses on four main groups. The objectives evolve around the generation of ideas, making objects or artifacts, evaluation and knowledge. This helps to provide consistency in preparation for GCSE. Summative assessment closes each project and students are provided with a level based on the work evident in their sketchbook portfolio.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, work is assessed through the four main assessment objectives that focus on developing ideas, refining, recording and responding. In Year 9, projects last a term each and in Year 10 and 11, students complete two large projects over four terms before commencing their final project for Unit 2.

Examples of work

Close up of ‘threaded butterfly’ by Roje Grant.

Art - Threaded butterfly

How to revise and prepare for exams

As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.
All students sit externally set tests every half term which they must prepare for fully. These are cumulative tests which means they test more knowledge and skills as the year progresses.
The end of year exam will test knowledge and skills across the whole year period, for all years groups. We believe in teaching our students how to prepare for exams as they are an important life skill.

GCSE revision support and intervention for Year 11 Art begins in September and runs until the Summer examinations.

See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.

Helpful resources - enables artists, students and teacheers to independently and easily search for contemporary art and photography 

Tate Gallery -

Victoria and Albert Museum -

Pinterest -

Frieze -


Art and Design helps students with a wide range of future career options including:

  • Graphic designer
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Fashion designer
  • Computer animator
  • Architect
  • Interior designer
  • Product designer
  • Jewelry designer
  • Website designer
  • Comic book artist
  • Gallery curator
  • Illustrator


BTEC Student Guide 2016-17 30th Jan 2017 Download