Art, Design & Technology

The Art, Design & Technology department at St Matthew Academy is made up of five subject disciplines: Art, Design & Technology, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Textiles and Photography. All subjects work collaboratively, sharing good practice and resources across the disciplines. As an all-through Academy, we also benefit from close collaboration with our primary colleagues.

We are committed to helping all pupils progress, develop and achieve their full potential in a fun, positive environment. We often integrate opportunities to bring learning to life through the varied topics and out-of-class learning experiences. We promote an educational culture which is diverse, creative, experimental, scientific and technological. We pride ourselves with equipping young minds for life and work in a creative field and provide opportunities for this to be realised in the classroom through a sense of awe and wonder with the skilled outcomes they produce.

Key Stage 3:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils experience the Art, Design and Technology subjects in a carousel. They have lessons in each discipline during the academic year, completing projects that combine common skills across the subjects with subject-specific skills.

In Year 9, pupils can select one or two of the subjects to continue to learn in greater depth, building their knowledge and skills further in order to progress to the next stage of their learning journey.

Key Stage 4:

In Years 10 and 11, pupils can choose to follow one of the Art, Design and Technology subjects at GCSE level. At the end of KS4, pupils studying the Creative Arts and Design & Technology subjects have the opportunity to showcase their fantastic final pieces in our KS4 exhibition.

For more detail about the curriculum in each subject, please click on one of the tabs.