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 Photography




Our AS students begin with the ‘Habitation’ project, which allows for expansive and varied works into their chosen area of habitation, influenced previously by trip to St Ives and the Kent Coast. The exam paper will be KS5 Art Tripissued and sketchbooks shall be completed in preparation of their initial A-level exam piece.



A2-level students have the privilege of being able to dictate their own course of study and choose their own area of artistic interest in which to pursue throughout the duration of the first term. Students are also expected to produce a 1500 word critical study. An exam paper is also issued in January.

KS5 Student Group






Key Stage 5 - Textiles

At A Level we deliver an Art Textiles 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.

Assessment Structure:


 Exam board: Edexcel

Candidates should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including fashion, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles and installed textiles.

Skills and Techniques:


Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

Awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery).

Knowledge and Understanding:


Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:

 how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of Textile Design

  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Textile Design
  • the working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Textile Design.

Assessment Objectives:


Units of work are marked using assessment objectives, AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4. Each assessment objective has an equal weighting of marks.

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


The AS course will build upon the skills and interests of individual students in order to build a portfolio unit (Unit 1). Media explored will be a range drawing, mixed media, photography and textiles. All students will be given the opportunity to attend Life Drawing sessions, held at the school, as well as gallery visits and opportunities to get involved with Saatchi workshops.

The new course structure consists of 50% Coursework and 50% Exam.

The Edexcel course offers a 10 hour exam at the end of the AS year, although the course structure continues into a two year A Level.

Within the Textiles department we offer catch up sessions for key stages 3-5, as and when required. Year 11 students also have the opportunity to attend revision sessions.




  • 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


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