Alderman Peel

High School


Staff: Mrs A Light
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" - Pablo Picasso


Mission Statement:

Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity! Art, craft, and design aim to give the students the ability to understand, create, take part in, and enjoy the visual arts whilst preparing them with some skills for life.  All students will be expected to develop original ideas and learn to analyse their own work and that of others. Whilst experimenting, developing skills, and taking risks students will also learn from their mistakes and review, refine, and evaluate their personal work.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

"Art and design in schools should engage and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design”. - National Curriculum for Art.

Students will begin to think critically and understand how art has helped shape our history, cultures, and how we behave creatively ourselves.  Project titles include World Art and Pattern, Pop Art, and Architectural Printmaking. By the end of KS3 pupils are expected to know, apply and understand skills and processes, developing their creativity and ideas fuelled by artists, architects, and designers' work. They will start to express their own views both verbally and in written form.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students explore both contemporary and historical sources of Art Craft and Design both firsthand and through secondary sources, such as galleries, The U.E.A Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, and working directly with local landscape artists, for example, on Wells beach.  

GCSE students will use photography, their surroundings, and personal research and ideas towards taking an individual approach to developing their work. Students are expected to analyse, critically, their own work and that of others. Our young artists will be encouraged to take creative risks, experiment, and learn from their mistakes.  

  • 60% of the course is a themed coursework personal portfolio following ‘People’ as a theme and ‘Apart and or Together’. 
  • 40% of the course is an externally set, themed assignment which includes a 10-hour, timed final piece of work undertaken in exam conditions in the art room.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Art Club, during lunchtime and after school.
  • UEA: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - Gallery tours, workshops, and sketching.
  • Norfolk Paint Out Wells Beach Art
  • Tate Modern Video Show
  • Holkham Hall Sketching Tours
  • Links to Norwich University of the Arts
  • Visiting Artists and Ex-student Workshops


Alderman Peel High School recently won the Institute of East Anglian Artist's Schools Competition.