Sir Graham Balfour School

A member of Insight Multi-Academy Trust

Art & Design

Curriculum Intent

The Art and Design Department at Sir Graham Balfour aims to provide a lively, creative hub where students have the opportunity to develop their skills, express their creative ideas and explore a wide range of materials and techniques.

 Learning through and about the arts enriches the experience of studying when at school in addition to preparing students for life after school. Studying Art helps students to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us.

The importance of Art and Design impacts every part of our lives from fashion to advertising, graphic design to ceramics and it is essential that our students understand and appreciate this.

Throughout lessons students use a range of media, materials and techniques. They are introduced to the work of famous artists, designers and encouraged to express themselves whilst developing their visual language.

 Pupils’ artwork takes pride of place within the school and wider community; creative achievements are also celebrated at our celebration evenings.

All students study Art at Key stage 3, with the option to take Art GCSE and A Level Art. Our light and airy art rooms together with our dedicated staff provide the space and support for our key stage 4 and 5 students to successfully flourish and develop their skills and own personal style.

Key Stage 4 Exam Specification:

  • AQA GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

Key Stage 5 Exam Specification:

  • AQA A Level Art and Design (Fine Art)


Sir Graham Balfour School
North Avenue
ST16 1NR

For Sat Nav directions:

ST16 1NJ


01785 223490