Head of Department

Miss C Smith


The Art department at Cwmbran High School consists of specialist studios with specialist equipment tailored for teaching the all aspects of Art.

Schemes of work range from 2 Dimensional drawing and painting to 3 Dimensional work using paper-mache and mod-roc, wire sculpture textile design and ceramics. The department has pottery facilities and a dedicated kiln room. The department also has access to a suite of computers with Adobe Photoshop facilities which allows students to develop their artistic skills in digital media. Schemes of work are reviewed and modified regularly to provide up to date, exciting projects that provide engagement and challenge for the students. We plan to develop Photography within the department. Currently Photography is run in Year 11 however we plan to offer photography at Year 10 in the near future.

Exciting classroom displays within the department, a caring nature of the staff and an open door policy allow for a safe environment where students to feel at home and they are encouraged to attend Art clubs at lunchtimes and after school to continue developing their coursework.

This academic year we plan to bring together the strengths from both merged schools and develop new and exciting projects and schemes of work to further develop the Art department.

The staff within the department have a breadth of knowledge and experience which allow all students to receive a high quality, inclusive Art education whilst developing a wide range of Art skills.


Trips and Visits

The department have been involved in numerous visits to local galleries, landscape drawing trips to the coast and trips to galleries in London. Foreign study visits to Rome and Paris are also offered.



Annual competitions are run internally to design the school Christmas Card. Part of the prize for the winner is to see their card being developed professionally.

Competitions will continue within the department to encourage students and to provide them opportunities to develop their artistic skills.



Key Stage 3

Students arrive in Year 7 and are introduced to a range of materials, techniques and processes throughout Key Stage 3 in a variety of topics so that by the end of year 9, they have a good grasp of the materials and skills needed to further their education as they progress into Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

Students are able to study GCSE Art and Design where they study a range of 2D and 3D based units OR GCSE Photography both of which allow them to develop their own creative ability through experimentation and exploration of a range of different ideas and themes. They also able to develop a strong portfolio of work. In year 11 students are expected to demonstrate a level of maturity and independence as they select their own themes and work towards individual outcomes.