Mission Statement

At its core, the development and promotion of the Arts is central to the shared belief across the Department and Creative Arts Faculty, of raising achievement , enrichment and engagement for all through inspirational cultural, artistic and performance experiences regardless of starting point, gender,  socio economic circumstance or location. Through the study and practise of the visual arts, we aim to instil in students a voice to communicate their views of the world through a range of mediums, given them a platform to share, create, discuss, debate and flourish within all Arts disciplines.

Courses Offered & Unit Work

AS-A2 Art & Design - Fine Art (AQA) 

Unit Work

Department Highlights

Students are actively involved in the promotion of art and creativity across the school and wider community. Their work is showcased in an annual exhibition at The Alnwick Playhouse , across the school campus and through the Saatchi Gallery as part of their online exhibition space for schools.

Students  are encouraged to act as buddies and ambassadors for lower school , to help, nurture and inspire younger students. They work closely with English, Drama, Textiles , Film and Music departments to create scenery and props for the school play and musicals, whilst often performing themselves.

Visits to Newcastle, Edinburgh, Berwick, Durham, local museums and galleries aim to enhance students appreciation and understanding of art and design, whilst links to local Universities and colleges (Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland , Teeside and Newcastle College) seek to broaden students own practice and the opportunities open to them as creative practitioners in a commercial setting.

Other Highlights include:

Art Clubs

Sixth Form life Drawing

Skills workshops

Arts Mark Gold

Arts Award Bronze, Silver & Gold

A Level exhibition

Competitions and various exhibitions as required.


Useful Links:

Saatchi Gallery 

The Baltic 

Newcastle University 

Northumbria University 

Sunderland University (Foundation course) 

Sunderland University 

Newcastle College (Foundation course) 

Staff Contact List

Mrs R Brown (Head of Department & Head of Creative Arts Faculty)


Mr R Hay (Art & Photography and PGCE Mentor)

Miss Jennie Hynes (Teacher of Art & Photography)

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