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Art and Design

Statement of Intent


At St Gregory’s School our Art & Design curriculum provides endless opportunities to record, design and create. Each project builds on prior knowledge and practical skills culminating in a visual language and an understanding of the formal elements.  Students explore a range of processes including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture within a meaningful programme. 

Our students thrive on one-to-one guidance and personalised challenge that underpins our everyday teaching.  Students routinely follow the design process, developing independent thinking through a sequence of experimental work towards an ambitious outcome.  Inspired by the work of historical and contemporary artists, encompassing diverse cultural influences, and first hand gallery experiences, our students critically analyse and express their own opinions with confidence.

By Year 10, St Gregory’s students are reflective, open minded and curious individuals who persevere with work that is challenging within a positive environment. Our students are visually aware and well prepared for the growing Creative industries.




Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, students work on two projects each year. The organisation of themes explored and the key set of objectives for each project gradually expand our student’s knowledge of the formal elements and their practical skills in building a visual language. The projects are informed by a wide variety of historical and contemporary artists. All projects follow the GCSE format and build on previous experience of each of the skill areas. This includes: recording observations, critical analysis of Artwork, developing ideas, critical review and refinement and the presentation of a personal response. Students develop their understanding of the formal elements of Art through the exploration of themes such as still life, portraiture and landscape. The emphasis on drawing from observation as a starting point and developing ideas using a wide range of processes and media provides a solid foundation within Fine Art in preparation for the GCSE course. This is further developed with the addition of life drawing from a professional model in the Sixth Form. Students document their developing ideas throughout their sketchbook and they are encouraged to take pride in this with careful presentation. Students develop an appreciation for the work of artists which is demonstrated by their influence on their own work and make connections through their studio practice.    



All projects build from a foundation of drawing with a focus on the importance of working from observation. Photography is built into projects as a key method of recording. Students develop the skills to record their observations through annotation using a growing subject specific vocabulary.       



Each project is informed by the study of appropriate artists and our visits to galleries offer students the experience of viewing Artworks at first hand. Group discussions provide the opportunity to unpick the meanings, purpose and visual qualities.  Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of artist’s ideas and concepts, identifying how meanings are conveyed. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of cultures, beliefs and religions. Through their investigations they will research and explore the religious and non-religious beliefs adopted by a variety of cultures from around the world.  Students build the skills to describe and analyse Artworks and relate them to their own work. Practical responses to artist’s work inform their own understanding which in turn influences the development of practical outcomes. 



Students experience project specific Fine Art techniques whilst building a set of work in which to explore and develop ideas.  Through a series of related pieces, students review their success in order to refine their idea as their project progresses. 



Students conclude their exploration of the theme from the given starting point through to a personally developed outcome.  

Our Values

Ambition Rooted firmly in Catholic teachings, we aim to nurture and guide our students to fulfil their God-given potential so they may achieve success.

Leadership We strive to be a community of servant leaders, where individuals gain a clear sense of self and purpose, knowing their values and using these to guide how they enrich the community in which they belong.

Integrity We teach our students to value honesty and have strong moral principles, using their discernment to govern their actions and take responsibility for their choices.

Vigour Inspired by the life of St Gregory, we empower our students to work with vigour, so they approach all activities and opportunities with effort, energy and enthusiasm.

Empathy We aim for our students to understand and value the feelings of others and for them to know they are loved and celebrated irrespective of their differences.


Trust Information

St Gregory's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Gregory's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.