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Carlton le Willows Academy

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Art, Photography & Textiles

Head of Department: A Griffin (

Our Art & Design courses provide students with an opportunity to be creative, and make personal responses to subjects, themes and issues, using a wide range of materials and processes.

 The staff in the department use a variety of creative approaches in order to engage students as they investigate, experiment, document and realise two and three dimensional work as practitioners and critics.

Above all, Art & Design offers another mode of communication, which enables our students to use their skills and creativity to express ideas and feelings, and to help to understand their own and other cultures.

Extra curricular activities

The Art, Photography & Textiles department also provides a number of extra-curricular activities for students. These include: Art, Photography & Textiles Club, GCSE after-school club, workshops including Easter sessions and various alternative curriculum days. We also offer a range of trips including an overseas trip to Barcelona every year for Year 12 Art and Photography students and London trips for GCSE students.

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In Key Stage 3  students are taught in mixed ability groups. The following areas are covered by students as they progress through this key stage: Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, Ceramics and Critical Studies in relation to their practical work. The focus for their work is the manipulation of Line, Tone, Form, Colour and Shape.


At Key Stage 4 those students that have chosen Art, Photography or Textiles as an option receive three 50 minute lessons per week.

Students are able to opt for Art, Textiles and Photography giving them the option to take two or three Art & Design GCSEs.

 We run the AQA Unendorsed, Textile and Photography syllabi that entails a two-year course covering a wide range of Art Appreciation, with emphasis on practical skills to encourage:

a) The skills of composition and visual expression

b) An understanding of a wide range of media including fine art, photography, textiles and computer graphics

 c) An appreciation and understanding of the work of Artists and Craft Makers, groups and movements, past and present.


At A Level we offers students the chance to study Art, Photography or Textiles. Click on the links below to learn more.