Hellesdon High School

Art & Design

Our Art & Design department is housed in a purpose-built, well-designed block offering four superb art studios, some of which are double height. Our facilities include a resource centre, an outdoor sculpture area and, on entering the department, a vibrant exhibition space.

Art & Design Teachers - Education and experience

A team of innovative teachers and an arts technician work together to form a visually  exciting and fun learning environment for all students. Between them, Miss Penton, Mr Life, Mr West and Miss Ford have the following experience: 

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Multidisciplinary
  • BA (Hons) Textile Design
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Painting
  • BA (Hons) Visual Studies
  • Postgraduates in Art and Design Education
  • Two staff members qualified to Master's Degree level
  • National and international exhibitions

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Examination Courses

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Art & Design

Exam board: Edexcel


  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Exam

Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has immense value as a GCSE subject. This is an exciting two year course divided in to two sections coursework and exam.

Students produce a very individual personal portfolio exploring a range of media, skills art and ideas

Examination Project (starts in January of Year 11):
Students produce a body of work exploring a theme of their choice based on a given starting point provided by the exam board (Edexcel). At the end of a 15-week preparatory study period, students produce a 10 hr Final Piece under examination conditions.


Key Stage 5 - A Level Fine Art

Exam board: Edexcel


  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Exam

A Level Fine Art enables you to develop your appreciation of the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way.  You will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology of art and the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings visually. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills, developing a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society. The practical skills you acquire will be determined, to some extent, by your choice of areas of study made from any combination of the following: painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography, graphic design, and illustration.

Many students progress on to art degrees and careers in: film /television and photography, landscape gardening, theatre and stage design, product design, furniture design, interior design and architecture, illustration, graphic design and games design, publishing, textiles and fashion design, teaching/lecturing, fine art: sculptor/painter/printmaker, museum and gallery work.