Key Stage 3

At Ricards Lodge High School we offer an exciting range of Visual Art opportunities to all our students at Key stage 3. Through each of our programmes of study we aim to introduce new skills, concepts and techniques that will engage & expand the creativity of our students. We focus on exploring artwork from many different cultures and in different mediums to provide an  inclusive curriculum which celebrates the diversity of our students, gives them a good grounding of Art History, and inspires them to create work that strengthens skills and carries meaning. Students are also encouraged to develop their literacy through analysing artists and artworks and through evaluating their own and others artwork.


How parents can help:

Encouraging students to take an active interest in the Arts, visit gallery’s and read art reviews in the broadsheet newspapers.

For more information about Art at Ricards Lodge please see the following website:

Key Stage 4

We offer GCSEs in both Art & Design and Art Textiles. In these subjects  students will develop research and investigative skills, producing sketchbooks full of creative flair and individuality. They will also have the opportunity to create large scale works to be put on public display for a GCSE exhibition in the summer term. The exhibition is the culmination of the GCSE course and is always a source of inspiration for the lower years.

We also run BTEC in Art & Design which gives students insight into the creative industries and provides opportunities to engage with Arts professionals.


Key Stage 5

We run a successful A level programme in Art & Design and Photography. Our students follow an intensive course which includes drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture in the Art qualification and working with range of digital media and traditional dark room practices in Photography. The students are encouraged to develop there own voice as young artists and a number of them have taken places on foundation and degree courses. We also have past students returning to speak to our current students about their experiences of further education and to run creative workshops for them.

We offer a variety of extracurricular activities and encourage students from all year groups to get involved. Life drawing, oil painting workshops, print making workshops and textile projects. There is something for everyone and they provide a great opportunity for students of different ages to work together on collaborative projects. We also run residential trips – this year we hope to visit the new turner Contemporary in Margate, Monets garden at Giverny and Paris.



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