Creative Arts

A successful Poly artist is someone who is passionate and dedicated about the creative arts. They have a keen knowledge on the formal elements and apply this knowledge to their visual work. They can understand complex concepts belonging to other artists and creators and use this knowledge to inspire their own work. They are technically proficient in the visual language and their chosen discipline. They can experiment with ideas and push them to the limits of their possibilities and has outcomes that are personal to them as artists.

Art and graphics teaching team

Ms L M Coombs-Roberts- Head of Art & Design, Photography, Graphic Communication and iMedia
Ms L Cadman- art and design and photography teacher
Ms N Chadwick- PSHE coordinator and art & design & graphic communication teacher
Ms N Vasillieva - art and design, graphic communication teacher
Ms C Wiltshire - art LSA & technician


Key stage 3

We have developed the Key Stage 3 course around the skills required to achieve in GCSE art. The curriculum allows pupils to develop their skills in research, both visually and written and visual language skills. We offer a range of 2d and 3d endorsements throughout the Key stage, from drawing to painting, printing, textiles, clay and sculpture. We develop and nurture pupils’ passions for art, through fun, accessible and interesting project themes.

Support materials and useful links

We highly recommend visits to art galleries especially Tate Britain or Tate Modern, the Saatchi Gallery or the National Gallery. We encourage pupils to look on Pinterest if they would like inspiration or to find ‘how to’ sheets for drawing/ painting or creative tasks.


Key stage 4

Edexcel GCSE Art and Design

During Key stage 4, pupils at Woolwich Polytechnic are working more independently in Art. A typical lesson will see each pupil working on his own particular project, with the teacher discussing work and ideas with him. Projects, which involve processes as diverse as ceramics, painting, textiles, digital manipulation, printmaking and mixed media, will be happening in the Art room at the same time. Pupils' work is informed by their observed research as well as their critical studies of a range of artists and cultures. It is our aim to develop the individual potential, of all our students in Art to the fullest extent as well as to ensure our pupils' enthusiasm for Art is nurtured and developed.

Edexcel GCSE Graphics

60% coursework:
This compromises of two units and two final outcomes that have a clear connection to their sketchbooks.
40% exam unit:
This is an externally set theme that concludes in a 10 hour timed test that pupils create a final outcome for that has clear connections to their preparatory work.
Assessment of both these components creates the final overall mark.


Support materials and useful links

Art Websites
Gallery Websites                                                                                                                   

Try searching for: BBC, Guardian newspaper, Times newspaper, Independent newspaper.

Photography Websites:                                                           


Department Info

Any specialist equipment required?
A range of tonal pencils and a range of paintbrushes.


Enrichment opportunities

At least 1 day of Fieldwork – a mix of physical and human
Clubs or Interventions
We hold clubs weekly depending on the Year group; we also hold interventions on Saturdays and during the holidays.


Future careers/uni courses.

Art therapist; Designer; Teacher; Archaeologist; Architect; Art critic/journalist; Art historian; Conservationist; Illustrator/comic book artist; Ceramicist; Curator; Photographer; Fashion merchandiser; Animator; Gallery assistant/owner; Goldsmith; Landscape designer; Makeup artist; Fine artist; Tattoo artist; Set Designer; Typographer; Sculptor


Social, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) and British Values

The Art course lends itself to a wide range of spiritual, moral, cultural and social studies. Students will analyse, engage with and question their own and others’ work, identifying how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Students are encouraged to express themselves through their art, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them. This is reinforced by trips and outings to museums and galleries that are strongly linked to projects. The department undertakes a number of extra-curricular activities that enhance the students’ experience of the fine arts and its context in the world.

Spiritual development:

The Art and Design course is dependent on the students’ ability to enquire and communicate their ideas, meanings and feelings. Students will investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their own and others work. We encourage independent thinking that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express these in an appropriate manner.

Moral development in art:

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to look at work that will often pose a moral question. The student’s outcomes are supported with a rationale or a meaning that will often convey a message.

Social development in art

Students’ work is celebrated throughout the school and displayed in many areas. Regular group and pair work in art lessons, supporting one another in a variety of projects in order to enhance team-working skills, for example, large-scale work and community projects, work created for a Primary school and group presentations and critiques in year 10, 11 and sixth form, encouraging communication and peer feedback.

Cultural development in art

Throughout the units of work explored, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of artists’ ideas and concepts, identifying how meanings are conveyed. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of cultures, beliefs and religions. Through their investigations, they will research and explore the religious and non-religious beliefs adopted by a variety of cultures from around the world.

  • Students are taught to give and receive positive criticism in order to inform ideas and decisions about their work.
  • Student discussion of a range of artists and artwork, encouraging and developing communication skills.
  • Students are required to research a wide range of artists and link their findings to their own work.
  • Trips to London and local galleries are used to help influence and link to personal projects.
  • Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional art materials and processes.


Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the Art curriculum, please contact Ms Coombs Roberts at:

Tel: 020 8310 7000 Email:
Registered Office: Hutchins Road, London, SE28 8AT
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