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The Art Department has created a positive environment for learning and encourages individuality and originality, raising the self-esteem of students by valuing their ideas and opinions and celebrating individual and collective successes.  Building good relationships is an essential part of our teaching.  Displays, both in the department and around the Academy, reflect the high standards achieved.

There is a range of expertise in the department and students have opportunities in fine art, sculpture, photography and textiles.  Our technician provides invaluable support to teachers and students in the department.

Facilities in the department are excellent. Students have the use of three multi-media studios, two darkrooms, a sixth form studio, a gallery, two static kilns, one raku kiln, specialist textile equipment and ICT facilities.

The whole Academy ‘open door’ policy enables students to use the studios outside timetabled lessons and the sixth form studio is often a hive of activity.  Throughout the year there are opportunities for students to be involved in the Arts outside lessons, with regular trips to galleries and exhibitions, workshops with visiting artists and extra-curricular clubs.  The ethos of the department is one of active learning, supportive interaction, experimentation and creativity.  We achieved Artsmark Gold in 2003, 2006 and again in 2013.


Curriculum Offer

Lower School – Year 7/8

Art and Design in the Lower School Years at The Priory Academy LSST provides studnets with an integrated and structured introduction to learning and discovery in Art and Design. The thematic approach enables students to experience a variety of skills and techniques whilst relating practical work to the relevant art movement or artist in western and non-western cultures, building a basis for creative development through skills, knowledge, ideas and understanding. Throughout the two years, projects are designed to develop skills and understanding in the visual elements, which are subsequently built upon in future work. Students work with a broad range of media and techniques from drawing to three dimensional design and printing. Sketchbooks are used to record observational drawings, sketches and designs, collected resources, experiments and explorations, notes on artists and project planning and evaluation showing progress through the years.


For GCSE Art and Design we use OCR

To visit the examination board website for Y9 and Y10 click Here

To visit the examination board website for Y11 click Here


For Advanced level Art and Design we use AQA. Students can opt to study a range of courses.

AQA A Level Art,Craft and Design

AQA A Level Photography

AQA A Level Textile Design

AQA A Level Three Dimensional Design

To visit the examination board website click Here