The Art department at Townley has long been a flourishing, diverse and exciting place to work for students and staff alike. Our desire is to ensure all students fulfil their creative potential in the areas of Art, Craft and Design.


The Art department strives to ensure curriculum balance and is continually developing a multi-disciplinary approach to the work we produce. The Art department develops strong links to the community, higher education, as well as practising artists and designers, the Saatchi gallery and Marriott Hotels.

We have a clear policy with regards to the exhibition of Art, Craft and Design throughout the school, which showcases artworks demonstrating the immense pool of artistic talent at our school.

All students’ progress is tracked and monitored in all key stages to ensure consistent and relevant feedback in order to develop aesthetic awareness irrespective of practical ability, to promote intelligent thought through Art.

At Townley, we understand and recognise an individuals’ ability to create and endeavour to create an environment that will allow this to flourish.

Staff and Resources


FlowerWe have three main Art rooms within the school. These rooms are fully equipped, light and airy spaces with an abundance of natural light.

The Art team comprises of three full-time members of staff who are fully committed in ensuring all students reach their potential. The Head of Department is well established and has a vast knowledge in the subject area; which has enabled the department to expand its links to leading artistic practitioners such as the Saatchi group. 





Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9 Art


Year 7:


Year 7 students are currently working within a foundation unit focusing on line, tone, texture, pattern and colour. The aim of this project is to introduce students to the formal elements of Art in an exciting manner. They will gain an understanding of work by a variety of different artists and cultures through teacher-led activities and personal research. Students then develop their observational skills further In a Portrait project where they also learn how to create an emotional response in their artwork.


Year 8: 


Year 8 start the year with a project entitled: ‘Fantastic Flowers’, to develop an understanding of the work of William Morris and the festival of ‘The Day of the Dead’. They will develop skills in printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media and understand the design process.


Year 9:


Year 9 is centered on Tate Modern’s retrospective of the works of Ellen Gallagher. Students explore Gallagher’s context and issues based work through skills based tasks and critical discussion before realising their ideas in designing and making a 3D wig.

They will work from direct observation, develop design skills and learn how to translate them into a 3-dimensional response. Our Year 9's will also observe the skills of fashion photography and styling. This is followed by a perspective based project where students further develop their drawing skills and explore Pop Art. 

Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9 Textiles




Within key stage 3, students will have the opportunity to study one Textiles unit per year, on rotation with the Art and Design curriculum. Students will learn and develop a range of skills using textiles techniques. Students will research, analyse, design, make and evaluate a Textile products.

Year 7:  


In year 7 students will be introduced to simple textile techniques, processes and equipment. Students will develop skills in hand embroidery, applique and fabric painting, whilst also becoming familiar with the sewing machine and will learn how to thread up and use the machine. Pupils are made aware of the safety risks in the textiles classroom whilst using specialist tools and equipment.

Year 8:


In year 8, students will build and develop the practical skills they learnt in year 7, again using the sewing machine to construct a product. In this project (title yet to be agreed) there is an emphasis on creativity and students producing an accurate and quality product.

Year 9:  


In year 9 students will have the opportunity to explore a fashion/textiles related topic. This project will enable students to develop an understanding of the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Art and Design


Why Choose GCSE Art?


A GCSE in Art and Design develops your ability to think in a creative and independent manner. During the two year course, students undertake two coursework projects; Abstraction and Identity in addition to a further assignment set by the exam board. All projects allow you to develop your technical skills whilst KS4 studentencouraging you to take your work in a direction that particularly interests you. These can include painting, photography, sculpture, fashion, mixed media and many others.

The course provides many opportunities to experience the work of other artists through gallery visits, a visit to the clothes show and workshops run by artists. All students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the gallery, with certain work being chosen for the Saatchi gallery website and even for display in the Saatchi gallery itself.


Assessment Structure:  Edexcel


Two  Coursework Projects  60%

  • Abstraction
  • Identity

One Externally Set Assignment   40% 


Student Testimony:


"A GCSE in Art and Design develops your ability to think in a creative and independent manner. During the two-year course, students undertake three coursework projects, Abstraction, Identity and Contrasts in addition to a further assignment set by the exam board. All projects allow you to develop your technical KS4Student3askills whilst encouraging you to take your work in a direction that particularly interests you. These can include painting, photography, sculpture, fashion, mixed media and many others".

 Elaine Mann 10 Demeter


Related Careers / A Level Progression:


KS4Student3bThere is an increasing demand for creative and innovative people in industry and business; Art and Design students are such people. The number and variety of courses available to students wishing to continue their studies to degree standard is wide and exciting. These include: Architecture, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Film/TV/Audio Visual, Illustration, Fashion Design, Model making for film/TV, Special effects and Animation, Textiles, Theatre Design, Jewellery Design, Exhibition/Gallery/Museum Display, Art History, Painting, Sculpture, Specialist Art name but a few.



Key Stage 4 - GCSE Textiles Technology

Why Study Textiles GCSE ?


GCSE Textiles is undergoing some exciting changes, as we move Textiles towards a more creative route, under the Art and Design umbrella. We will follow the Edexcel Art and Design Textiles route and explore the following assessment objectives, through the route of Textiles;

Assessment Objectives:


Units of work are marked using assessment objectives, AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4.   Assessment for the GCSE course is currently 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment.

  • AO1 Development of ideas using contextual sources
  • AO2 Experimentation with ideas and materials
  • AO3 Recording observations and reflections
  • AO4 A personal response/final piece

Studying Textiles allows you to be creative, whist developing subject specific knowledge and an understanding of technological advancements in textiles. This course also allows you to build time management skills and be independent in your creative choices.  

Students will follow two coursework units in Year 10, whilst developing ideas within an externally assessed unit in Year 11.

Coursework titles and themes are yet to be agreed, but will be designed to ensure a wide range of starting points and ideas.

Key Stage 5 - Art and Design

At A Level we deliver an Art and Design specification which allows students to really push their creativity and
refine their skills and techniques. This will enable students to be prepared for higher education.

In order to take A-Level Art and Design you need to have a passion for the Arts, skills in either drawing and/or photography and be skilled at researching Artists in depth. Determination, self-motivation and discipline are required to keep up with deadlines in this coursework based subject.


Assessment Structure:


 Exam board: Edexcel


Year 12 Art and Design Overview

Component 1 – Internally set

Method of Assessment:   Supporting studies and final piece

Date of Assessment:  Spring term Lower Sixth

Year 12 will consist of a Portfolio Unit, which is designed to build skills to A Level standard. The work from Year 12 can be used within the portfolio for Year 12.
The unit will be assessed at the end of the year, the result of which will be used to predict grades for University.
The Personal Investigation will start at the end of Year 12.


Year 13 Art and Design Overview

Component 1 – Personal Investigation

  • Method of Assessment Supporting studies, final piece, and essay (1000 words). The essay is 12% of the final assessment

  • Length of Examination/Assessment/Coursework Sept-Jan

  • Weighting 50% of final A Level grade

  • Date of Assessment Summer Upper Sixth

Component 2 - Externally Set

  • Method of Assessment Supporting studies and final piece (final piece completed in 15hr exam)

  • Length of Examination/Assessment/Coursework Feb-April. 15hr final piece under exam conditions in April/May

  • Weighting Carries 50% of A Level grade

  • Date of Assessment Summer Upper Sixth


Key Stage 5 - Art and Design Textiles

In order to take A level Art & Design Textiles not only do you need to be creative and have a passion for Art, Fashion and Textiles you also need to have excellent organisational skills, be motivated and have the ability to work independently to meet coursework deadlines.


Year 12

The Year 12 course has been designed to allow students to develop their skills and techniques, whilst broadening their knowledge and understanding of Textile & Fashion design. KS5 Student Group

Students are introduced to a wide variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, such as distressing; heat manipulation and fusing.

Candidates will produce practical and one portfolio unit, the grades of which will be used as their UCAS predicted grade.

The A2 Personal Investigation unit will start at the end of Year 12.


Year 13 Overview


The A2 course is made up of two further units:

- Personal Investigation supported by a written element, worth 25% of the A level.

- Externally set assignment, including 15 hours of supervised exam time. Worth 25% of the A Level





  • ARTiculation is offered to Year 12 and 13 students.


  • AS-level Art History is offered to Year 12 and 13 students.


  • Young Saatchi group is offered to Year 10-13 students.


  • GCSE and A-level work is displayed in the Saatchi gallery.


  • Entry to Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools


  • GCSE & A-level work displayed at Marriott Bexleyheath


  • Summer Exhibition including Saatchi Gallery & Marriott exhibitions




Competitions and Exhibitions:

We encourage our students to enter competitions. Some of these may be built into Schemes of work and others will be offered as an extra-curricular activity. Notices will be placed on monitors around the school to publicise these opportunities.

Current National Competitions:

Julie Boyd Textile Bunting Competition


Open to all students year 7 - 13

Create a piece of bunting, using textiles materials & techniques, with the theme of ‘The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire & Water’. Contact Miss Clarke to get a competition pack and piece of fabric.

ICHF Red Carpet Glamour Fashion Competition

Open to year 10 Textile students


Work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery February 2018













ARTiculation 2018




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