Art offers students a balanced curriculum, (physical, personal and visual) to connect their head, heart and hands so students become creatively intelligent analyst, conveying their thoughts through skilled hands.

We aim to develop students' creativity, imagination and awareness of their visual environment in contemporary life and different times and cultures. We promote students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through visual, tactile and sensory experiences they develop a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. The understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.


The skills gained in Art are useful in any number of careers in: Art, Craft or Design. From Fine Art, Ceramics to Architecture. At Raines GCSE Art students move onto study AS/A2 Art and Photography. With their excellent portfoloios they have opportuntities to apply for Art foundation and degree courses at universities and colleges.


Imrana Khanum (Head of Department) MA, BA
Warren Beddow, BA (Key Stage 5 Art Coordinator)


Art is an inclusive subject, designed for students af all gender, faith, ethnicity or abilities. Student’s fabulous artwork is displayed at school, on the school website, in the local and greater community in London and internationally. Students are frequently entered into Art competitions.
Year 7 students are assessed at the start with a baseline test. They are intoduced to 'The Formal Elements of Art', colour, line, tone, texture, pattern, shape and composition. They investigate work by the artists: Munch, Escher and Van Gogh
Year 8 students explore: Still-life, artists Andy Warhol, Patrick Caulfield and Pop Art, The Moving Image, photography and Manga animation, Japanese Art and Hokusai.
Year 9 students explore: Art, music and the artist Kandinsky’s abstract art that illustrated sound. Self portraits, identity and the artist Sonia Boyce’s portaits. The Human body, life drawing and the artist Leonardo da Vinci anatomical drawings.
Year 7 have a one hour lesson three times a week in a 9 week carousel
Years 7 & 9 are taught in a twelve week carousel
Year 8 are taught throughout the year
Year 7 have three 1 hour lessons a week
Year 8 have one 1 hour lesson a week
Year 9 have two 1 hour lessons a week


The curriculum aims to develop student’s observational drawing and painting, personal visual language, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving skills as well as their role as a world citizen with the use of different media in 2D and 3D. The students learn to carry out critical and contextual studies through the work of a wide range of artists of different genders and ethnicity. Students enjoy trips to museums and galleries and extracurricular Art workshops with visiting artists.

Years 10 and 11 students each have five lessons over two weeks and follow the Edexcel Art & Design (unendorsed) syllabus. The coursework unit is worth 60% and the exam unit 40%. The coursework themes are Unit 1 'The Natural Environment', Unit 2 'Myself' and the Mock exam is a past paper. The Final exam theme is set by the board.


Year 12: Key Stage 5 students have six lessons a week. We offer GCE Edexcel AS/A2 Art (unendorsed)  with the Edexcel exam board.

It is a two year course and in Year 12 the coursework topic is ‘Viewpoints’. Students learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques, printmaking and 3D work. Students are required to sit a mock exam using a past exam and visit museums and galleries for contextual studies. KS5 Year 12/13 students are given detailed analysis of where they need to improve and what they need to do in order to raise their standards according to the Edexcel criteria.

Year 13: In Year 13 the students carry out a personal study of their own choice. The final exam topic is set by the board and is worth 40% of the overall grade.

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