Art is a vehicle that conveys a multi-cultural world, without barriers or prejudice, contributing to an unbiased learning experience.

The Art Department aims to provide pupils with an environment that encourages pupils to express their ideas and insights of the world around them, increasing confidence and self-awareness. Whilst each subject maintains its own curriculum identity, the sharing of knowledge, skills, expertise and resources is enabling the provision of a unique educational experience for Northgate pupils. Central to this experience is the development of ‘creativity’ both as a means of expression and as a fundamental ingredient of innovation.

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Exam Board: AQA
You can find the current GCSE specification here

Students are able to continue studying Art & Design at A Level – You can find out more about our A Level Art & Design courses (incl. Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics and Photography) at Dereham Sixth Form here.

Assessment in Art & Design

KS3 students use self-assessment descriptors (KPI’s) to assess their own learning and teachers reinforce this on how to improve their work with regular feedback. Lessons include peer assessment and work is regularly displayed to celebrate success.

GCSE students are rigorously monitored and progress checked. Sketchbooks are regularly assessed and feedback is given both verbally and on post it notes within sketchbooks. Students are encouraged to refine and develop work as it progresses in order for all students to reach or exceed their full potential. There is an exhibition of work at the end of every Art & Design GCSE course to give parents and staff the opportunity to celebrate and commend the efforts and talents of the students.

Personal Development and Cultural Capital in Art & Design

The Design Department is committed to extending and enriching all pupils’ experiences within the broad field of ‘design’. In addition to the regular lunchtime and after-school clubs, we have numerous extra-curricular events throughout the year. Practising artists, designers and museums are drawn upon to run workshops and activity days, and upper school pupils broaden their understanding of the world of design through a variety of visits.

Who Teaches Art & Design

Head of Department: Mrs. M. Mottley, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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Mrs Mottley studied at Middlesex University where she received a BA Hons in Fine Art and completed her PGCE . Mrs Mottley is very passionate about Art and has showcased her art at a number of exhibitions, including one held at Blickling Hall. She has also run a variety of art workshops for primary schools and community groups. Creativity is one of Mrs. Mottley’s life long passions and she always hopes to inspire others with her enthusiasm for the subject. This is one of the main reasons she became an Art teacher many years ago in London and is now the Head of Faculty in our own Design Faculty at Northgate.

Other Staff: Miss. T. Douglas, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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Miss Douglas formerly worked as an Art & Design technician at Northgate in 2015. Inspired by the Northgate community, she was driven to persue a career in Art & Design and specialised in sustainable furniture rejuvenation for 7 years. She gained her QTS & PGCE in Design Technology through Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, and having worked in various education settings for over 10 years, she continues to impart her design knowledge and enthusiasm for creative hive minds.

Other Staff: Mrs. D. Nimmock.
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Mrs Nimmock has worked at Northgate since 2005 where she has very much enjoyed her time. She is passionate about Textiles and thoroughly enjoys teaching it to both KS3 & KS4. As well as time in the classroom, Mrs Nimmock enjoys taking part in visits both locally and further afield. 

Other Staff: Miss. S. Peach
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Miss Peach graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts and completed her QTS at the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre. Miss Peach has exhibited at galleries in Norwich and has also exhibited at the John Innes Centre in 2016

Other Staff: Mrs. L. Wright
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