Gable Hall School

Art & Design

The Art, Textiles and Photography department prides itself on inspiring and supporting our students to be independent, skilful, imaginative and thoughtful artists. The way art, textiles and photography is applied, displayed and created is constantly evolving and therefore it is important that the department grows with these changes, hence we have introduced GCSE photography and have a suite of macs available for students to use in the department. Through the art curriculum we aim to create opportunities for students to experience and gain confidence to work with the vast array of visual language, imagery and design that surrounds them and to motivate and prepare them to pursue careers across the art and design industries.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students explore and create work covering a wide range of media and techniques including: painting, drawing, felt making, embroidery, clay, print and photography. Each year group focusses on a theme enabling them to discover ways of communicating meaning through their work. In year 7 they explore ‘Our World’ looking at landscape, travel, cultures, environment and conservation. In year 8 they explore their ‘identity’ and through their work consider what makes them who they are. In year 9 they look at ‘popular culture’ through printing, drawing, textile techniques, photography, stencils and Protest art.  Throughout Key Stage 3 they are increasingly encouraged to develop their work independently, preparing them for GCSE, BTEC and A Level. 

Key Stage 4

Our current year 11 students are completing the Edexcel BETC Level 2 First Award in Art and design, AQA GCSE Textile design and AQA GCSE Photography. Our year 9 and 10 KS4 Art students are completing the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice. The two year courses include units of coursework which are theme based and a practical exam. Through their research looking at other artists, observations, media trials and refinements, students explore the theme and develop and create an independent personal response. After Christmas in the second year they receive their exam paper where they independently develop and refine their idea in preparation for the 10 hour controlled assessment, where they create their personal response

Key Stage 5

AQA Fine Art, Textiles and Photography are offered at AS and A Level. In year 1 students complete one portfolio unit of coursework that aims to build the practical and analytical skills and techniques required. Following a series of workshops students are required to develop and refine their work independently and produce a final outcome. This is  60% of the AS grade. On the first February AS students receive their exam paper where they select, develop, refine and create an independent response in a 10 hour controlled assessment. Their exam unit, 40%.  A Level students begin their Personal Investigation 60%, where they select their own theme to research, analyse, explore, refine and develop into a personal response. This is supported by a 1000-3000 word essay. For the exam unit they choose a theme from the exam paper and explore, develop, analyse and refine their work in preparation for the 15 hour controlled assessment.  Throughout the course the students participate in group critiques and tutorials to support them with the analysis, development refinement of their work.


Department Achievements

In 2018 60% of Fine Art, 77% Textile Design and 85% Photography students achieved a grade 4 or better. 100% of A' Level students passed Fine Art, Textiles and Photography. 


Co-Curricular Activities

Art Club runs every week for KS3 students and explores a range of media and themes throughout the year in response to the news, exhibitions and competitions. Weekly workshops are provided for GCSE, BTEC and A Level students and they are encouraged to use the department in study periods, before school, afterschool and at break and lunch.



Mrs L. Regan – Department Leader 
Mrs L. Wallis – Department Leader 
Mrs L. Mandeman
Mrs L. James
Miss E. Absolom
Miss A. Clark
Mrs L. Tinworth – Art Technician