Welcome to the Art Department. We offer an innovative Art curriculum including: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Print making, Three Dimensional Design, Fashion and Textile Art, Graphics and ICT. All of the Art staff have specialist skills to offer in a variety of areas. We teach across the whole age and ability range.

Meet the Staff

  • Mrs J. Sampson (Subject Leader)
  • Miss C. Smith (Second in Department)
  • Ms E. Cullen
  • Miss R. Woods (Head of Year 11)
  • Miss M. Daye (Technician)

Our aims

  • To engage all pupils’ by providing a broad and balanced curriculum
  • To increase aesthetic awareness
  • To ensure all pupils’ individual needs are met
  • To increase knowledge of artists, designers & crafts people
  • To provide a stimulating environment
  • To raise achievement across the board for every child
  • To offer relevant tailored courses that suit individuals needs
  • To prepare pupils’ for further education, promoting careers in the field of Art and Design


Schemes of Work

The schemes’ of work for the Department provides a structure for our students learning.

All programmes of study are structured to allow for progression. Theme based projects are delivered throughout the department, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to experience a wide variety of art techniques and cultures and are able to experiment with a range of materials.

These themes are influenced by exhibitions, seasons and festivals, visits, current trends and innovative ideas. Each pupil experiences a broad and varied curriculum and Art work is produced in both two and three dimensions. Basic principles and theories are integrated through practice and work is displayed to develop pupils’ self confidence. Learners are regularly encouraged to observe and discuss theirs and the work of others, building self esteem and analytical skills.

Key Stage 3 Schemes of work

To view our Year 7 scheme click here

To view our Year 8 scheme click here

To view our Year 9 scheme click here



Students follow the “Unendorsed” AQA syllabus, which combines Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphics and Textiles. Coursework makes up 60% of the total mark, while the exam (controlled test) is worth 40%.


Students can study BTEC Edexcel Level 2 extended certificate in Art and/or Fashion design in Sixth form. These courses are run over one year. This is the equivalent to two GCSE A-C grades. Pupils study a varied course including 2D, 3D and contextual studies units.

A Level

Students can study the OCR Art option or OCR 3 D studies (Ceramics), with some pupils’ opting for both! In both A.S and A.2, coursework makes up 60% of the total mark, while the exam (controlled test) is worth 40%. Students get the opportunity to develop skills in mediums explored during GCSE whilst also developing new and more advanced techniques such as lino print and glazed ceramics. In the A2 year pupils’ independence is encouraged through self led coursework

Extra Curricular Activities

  • KS3 and GCSE Club
  • Residential weekend visits
  • Visits here and abroad e.g. study visits to New York and Barcelona
  • Ceramic Art club
  • Exhibitions
  • Gallery Visits
  • Artists in residence
  • Visits from past students
  • Competitions
  • City projects

Work created by students is displayed at our annual Art Exhibition, which is a week long visual representation celebrating their achievements.

Our Recent Successes

Art Awards

During our Art Exhibition at the end of the summer term in July, we were happy to award the following students for their progress and achievement in Art over the year. A big well done to those students and keep up the good work!

  • Catrina Kenward
  • Jade Prendergast
  • Penny Huxham
  • Hannah Melia



The Anna Przyszlak Award

As well as our Art Achievement Awards, we also this year had the prestigious Anna Przyszlak Award which was awarded to Jamie Talbot, a student who completed his A Levels in the Summer Term. The award is in memory of Mrs Przyszlak who was Head of Art at Gateacre from 1991 – 2009. The award was received by Jamies’ mum, as he was unable to attend.

Dot Art

Every year, our Year 9 students produce work to be entered into the “Dot Art” competition, and this year, we were successful in the following students receiving recognition for their work, and having their work displayed at St. George’s Hall! Get inspired and work hard so you can be entered for the competition this year! A special well done to: Leah Bacon, Taaylor Parry & Eve Mulligan.

Exam Success

Results this year, were once again fantastic, and this could not happen without the hard work of our talented students! Well done Year 11 & Year 13!

A huge 97.9% of our GCSE Art students achieved an A* - C grade this summer and an amazing 100% of our A Level, Year 13 students received an A* - C grade this summer!

Lantern Festival

Year 7 last year got stuck into a workshop creating lanterns for the Liverpool Lantern Festival, and then had the pleasure of being part of a parade in Liverpool City Centre showing off all the fabulous work that Year 7 do!

Norman Pannell meets Gateacre!

During the Summer Term 2015, Norman Pennell visited the Art Department to produce some fantastic, Indian inspired artwork! They really enjoyed the sessions, and produced some fantastic work! Well done and welcome to Gateacre to our new Year 7s this year!

Our former students

  • Michelle Daye- Foundation course at Roby College, Knowsley
  • Joanne Aldridge -Fashion Designer and buyer for Littlewoods, Liverpool
  • Helen Weir- Museum Curator at the National History Museum London
  • Ian Ogden- Manchester Metropolitan University to study Contemporary Film and Video
  • Louise Dwyer- Fashion Management Manchester University
  • Hayley Leonard- Digital Media Artist, Liverpool