Raising Standards Leader

Mrs L. Hitchings

Taught by:

Mrs C. Taylor

Teacher of Art

Area Leader: Post 16

Miss L. Katchi

Teacher of Art

Miss K. Harrington

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs N. Jones

Assistant Headteacher


The Art Department offers a broad and enriched education where pupils are encouraged to learn with increasing independence and skill: exploring cross-curricular and personal themes; experiencing varied materials and processes to produce artwork and by studying and analysing the work of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The course offers opportunities to:

  • Develop art skills further.
  • Use many different art materials in creative and imaginative ways.
  • Work like a real artist producing original work based on your own ideas.
  • Study the works of other artists, craftspeople and designers.
  • Explore other cultures from around the world.
  • Build your self-confidence, self discipline and commitment.

GCSE & A Level

Exam Board – WJEC

Coursework (60%) – To present an Art sketchbook along with final outcomes (paintings, sculpture, prints, batiks, collage) based on a given theme. (September-January)

Final Examination (40%) – Six weeks to prepare a second sketchbook on another theme followed by a 10 hour examination to produce a final outcome. (March-April)



  1. Year 10:- Myself
  2. Year 11:- Myself and Culture
  3. Exam Theme:- set by WJEC


  • Who takes A Level Art?
  • Any student can take A Level Art as the department follows the schools Equal Opportunity Policy that offers
  • Ideally, students should have attained an A*-C grade at GCSE Level
  • Have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject,
  • And be able to work hard and independently.


A Level Theme Examples:

  • Objectivity and Subjectivity
  • Reality and Fantasy
  • Perfection
  • Compromise


Producing your own artwork using materials such as:-

  • Pencils, chalk, charcoal, pen, oil/chalk pastels
  • Paint; watercolour, acrylic, oil on canvas, ink.
  • Life Drawing, print-making, sculpture, Papier mache, batik, ceramics.
  • Black and White Photography
  • Collecting, researching, enquiring, analysing
  • The work of artists
  • Images and artefacts
  • Your own work.


Students attend Llanover Arts Centre once a week as part of their course.

Here, they develop skills in:-

  • Life drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Batik
  • Two themes are explored over the 9 months of the course. Recent examination themes are used to keep up with current WJEC Examination thinking and practise.
  • One theme is explored for coursework and the other is for the final examination.

Useful Links

WJEC GCSE – http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/gcse/

WJEC A Level – http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/as-a-level/

Taught by

Mrs K. Morgan

Teacher of Music

Area Leader: Creative & Innovation

Mrs K. Taylor

Teacher of Music

Head of Year

Miss E. Travers

Teacher of Music

Capped 9 Leader

Information on GCSE Music

Music GCSE offers an integrated approach to the three distinct disciplines of performing, composing and appraising through four areas of study. The four areas of study are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles.

The four areas of study are:

Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble

Area of study 3: Film Music

Area of study 4: Popular Music


The course is assessed in three ways
Unit 1: Performing – 35%
● A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at
least one-minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble.
● One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s
● A programme note for one performance linked to an area of study.
Unit 2: Composing – Two composition 35%
● One composition in response to a brief set by WJEC.
● The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief
● An evaluation of the composition composed in response to a brief set by WJEC.
Unit 3: Appraising 30%
● This unit is assessed via a listening examination.
● Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study.
● Two of the eight questions are based on prepared extracts set by WJEC.

Taught by

Mr P. Williams

Teacher of Drama

Head of Year

Information on GCSE Drama

The WJEC GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. With a large practical element pupils will be involved in and explore drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

Across its 3 units the pupils will study:

● the techniques of either a theatre practitioner or a genre of drama
● two complete performance texts, one explored through a performance of key extracts and the other explored and studied as theatre for the written examination.


Pupils will have the opportunity to work practically as designers and/or performers on:
● one devised performance using the techniques or characteristics of their chosen theatre practitioner or genre.
● one performance based on two 10 minute extracts from a performance text.


The Drama course is broken down into three main elements.
Unit 1 Devising Theatre 40%
Unit 2 Performing Theatre – 20%
Unit 3 Interpreting Theatre – 40%