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Art - Art Education is for Everyone

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”
Pablo Picasso

Our Vision

Our vision for Art and Design at Heathfield Community School is that it should inspire students’ imaginations, ensure that they take risks, generate ideas, solve problems and develop innovative art and design skills. We want the exciting world of art and design to be reflected both in and beyond the classroom.

As a team we aim to ensure every student has the opportunity to succeed within art. Using a curriculum that develops understanding, builds confidence in experimenting, and allows for plenty of opportunity to self-reflect and problem solve.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”
Scott Adams


Here at Heathfield Community School, the Art curriculum seeks to provide opportunities for all students to explore the work of other artists, understand the creative process, express themselves and work independently to create creative outcomes. During this process, students will develop resilience through the challenges that will arise while developing ideas and skills. Students will be supported in the experimentation process to help devise solutions to problems independently. The Art curriculum will provide students with the technical skills to express themselves confidently, creatively, with feelings and imagination. Students will learn about the different properties and qualities of materials, finding out the possibilities and limitations of each technique.

Students will be exposed to a variety of inspirational sources and stimulus from the world around them. They will be inspired by the work of artists and craftspeople from various backgrounds and cultures, who have worked through key points of history, up to and including, current working artists. The Art curriculum provides the means for every student to learn. Developing both independent thinking for students, as well as collaboration and peer learning. The curriculum offers an enriching experience, developing empathy and mutual respect. Art becomes an outlet and a means of communication. It is a language that all people speak; it can cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.

The Art curriculum at Heathfield aims to develop enquiring minds. We aim for students to leave Heathfield Community School able to think creatively, express themselves, solve problems, self-reflect and develop independent ideas; skills which students can apply to all their other studies and their next steps in education or employment.



At Heathfield Community School all students study Art and Design in Years 7, 8 and 9. In KS3, students receive 1 hours 10 minutes of Art and Design per week. In KS4, students receive 2 hours 20 minutes of Art per week. Art and Design is taught in mixed ability groups.


Both GCSEs are a two-year course in which students will be given the opportunities to use a broad range of techniques and media to create 2 Coursework Units (60%) and an Exam Project (40%).

The Art, Craft and Design GCSE will allow our students to work in a variety of disciplines within Art. There will be a range of techniques taught, including photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

The Textiles GCSE will allow our students to work in a variety of disciplines within Textiles. There will be a range of techniques taught, including printmaking, surface design, stitched and embellished techniques, and digital textiles.

The Art and Design GCSE and the Textiles GCSE will encourage students to actively engage with art and design in order to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Students become confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools, techniques and processes. The written aspects of the course allow students to develop cultural knowledge, understanding of the application of art, craft and design. They will also develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills to develop as effective and independent learners. Students will develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment through the creation of their portfolios.


Heathfield Community School end of year Art exhibition is a long-standing key event in the School calendar, celebrating the outstanding creativity of our GCSE Art and Design and Art Textile students.

We are incredibly proud to present the Artwork yearly, which has been produced by our students during the 2-year GCSE course.

As art educators we are in a strong position to fill up students (metaphorical) schools’ bags with cultural capital both in school and through gallery visits. We believe in the value of Art and therefore all students will visit the GCSE Art exhibition, to be inspired, to look at artwork up close, to see first-hand the development process behind the art and to engage critically in the work made by emerging artists.


New York

The Art department is pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for GCSE students to attend an educational trip to New York to visit various museums and galleries in this vibrant fast-paced city. The students get to see a wide range of Art at some of the most important art museums in the world, as well as Artwork displayed in various locations across NY city. The visit involves the completion of a study book and is submitted as additional coursework for GCSE as well as inspiration for their own work.

CLICK HERE to read more about a trip to New York

Heather Essadiq Head of Art
Rhona Austin Teacher of Art
Sarah Balkwill Teacher of Art
Molly Grafton Teacher of Art
Leonie Bament Technician
Jackie Morgan Technician
Claire Willis Teacher of Art


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