The Department

Mr Fitzgerald-Clark - Director of Learning - A'level & GCSE Photography and KS3

Mrs Hulme - Assistant Director of Learning - A'level and GCSE Fine Art and KS3

Ms Turner - A'level & GCSE Textile Design and KS3

Miss Skinner - A'level & GCSE Product Design and KS3

Mrs Smith  - GCSE Fine Art and KS3

Mr Smith - Art & Design Technician

Artsmark Gold

The varied and extensive Visual Art curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities significantly contribute to the achievement of gaining the highest Arts Award level for the 10th consecutive year. This is an award created by the Arts Council of Great Britain, which provides a rigorous assessment of the level of Art provision provided by an educational establishment. Our Gold Award recognises that both our students' work and our Arts provision both inside and outside the classroom are outstanding.

KS3

In Years 7 & 8 students have respectively 2 and 3 lessons per week and are introduced to the formal elements of Art & Design; line, tone, colour, form, texture, pattern, perspective, scale, proportion, etc., through drawing, painting, printing, collage, photography, textiles and a range of 3D materials. They research the work of artists and designers, both historical and contemporary, and from different cultures, to better understand their own development and are able to analyse and evaluate their work, and that of other people. We give students the opportunity to refine their designing and making skills combined with knowledge and understanding of various approaches to designing and making products. Further along this spectrum the Design elements of space, structure, function and problem solving provide the continuity of experience so that each pupil has the solid foundation on which to base further study in any one of the specialist areas to GCSE level or beyond. They make extensive use of sketchbooks to record their development.

We aim to help you to look closely at the world around you and to record your observations in a variety of ways. You will also develop your imagination and learn to express your ideas and emotions from using a wide range of media throughout the two years. Your knowledge and understanding of significant Artists and Craftspeople, both historical and contemporary, will continue to expand and you will learn how and why different cultures developed their individual artistic styles. 

You will visit a specialist exhibition or collection at a London venue e.g. British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy, Tate Britain or Tate Modern to see examples of artwork from different historical times or cultures. 

Contemporary art issues will be discussed to highlight new developments – especially when they include opportunities to become involved in local initiatives – i.e. Folkestone Triennial; Charivari; Art Societies; etc. and working with local artists. You can also undertake your Arts Award at Bronze level. 

Art studios are available both at lunchtimes and after school on most days for the development of class projects or for more individual experimentation, and art club runs each term for specialised activities for smaller groups. 

This exciting course will give you the necessary skills and knowledge for you to continue your art to GCSE and A’level within school, as many of our students do, and then onto Art College if desired. But for now, enjoy your studies and be creative!

KS4

At GCSE students enjoy a three year curriculum with two lessons per week in Year 9 and three per week thereafter following the AQA specifications in their preferred endorsement chosen from Fine Art, Photography, Product Design or Textile Design, progressing from teacher-led workshops in Year 9 with starting points of a technical, contextual or conceptual nature, developing into more independent and negotiated personal choices during Year 10 and 11. Journal work encourages use as a visual diary which is highly personal to each student. Please see separate curriculum, assessment and timing details for each GCSE endorsed area on the next level of the Gateway and in the GCSE Options Booklet.

KS5

At GCSE students enjoy a three year curriculum with two lessons per week in Year 9 and three per week thereafter following the AQA specifications in their preferred endorsement chosen from Fine Art, Photography, Product Design or Textile Design, progressing from teacher-led workshops in Year 9 with starting points of a technical, contextual or conceptual nature, developing into more independent and negotiated personal choices during Year 10 and 11. Journal work encourages use as a visual diary which is highly personal to each student. Please see separate curriculum, assessment and timing details for each GCSE endorsed area on the next level of the Gateway and in the GCSE Options Booklet. 

For A’level students have 5 lessons per week with well-qualified and specialist teachers experiencing workshop-based modules leading to highly personalised study in their preferred option chosen from Fine Art, Photography, Product Design or Textile Design. A range of different sized journals ensure each student is constantly recording their ideas and observations at home, at school and during specialist visits. Please see separate curriculum, assessment and timing details for each A’level endorsed area on the next level of the Gateway or in the 6th Form booklet.

The AQA examination board and regional higher educational establishments have praised the high standards achieved by our students and admire the individuality of artistic style that each candidate is encouraged to develop with expert guidance and support from their Art and Design teacher.

Many students choose to continue their artistic ambitions and all gain their first choice for Degree or Foundation course due to the quality of their portfolio, depth of subject knowledge, and keenness to experiment with new media and ideas.

Art & Design (Fine Art) 

AQA 

Entry Requirements:

GCSE Grade A or B in Art and Design 

Course Content:

This new specification allows us to continue to provide for a flexible structure and an excellent choice of experiences tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of each individual student. 

The emphasis is on achieving a balance of technical skill, personal expression and contextual knowledge, with each topic being taught and then further developed by each student’s own aspirations with support and guidance from the teacher. 

Stand-alone workshops/events will also play a part in widening the student’s range of experiences before they decide on their final specialism. 

A wide range of disciplines is available to each student from which to construct an individual programme. These include Drawing/Painting/Sculpture/Ceramics, Printmaking/Textiles/Mixed Media/Collage/Digital Media/Photography. 

Critical/Historical/Contextual studies permeate all areas and visits to Visual Art Exhibitions are an essential element. 

Assessment:

The work will be internally marked during the course with External Moderation by a Visiting Examiner occurring at the end of the course. 

The units that are studied are: 

Component 1 “Personal Investigation” - This starts as a general introductory course experimenting with a range of media and approaches, then each student generates a topic of their choice by the end of Yr 12 to explore in detail worth 60% of the overall marks.

Component 2 “Externally Set Assignment” is the exam paper with 8 starting points given out on 1st February. Students choose one of these starting points to develop ideas during the preparatory stage and then complete a final piece in 15 hours of supervised study worth 40% of the overall marks straight after the Easter break.

Art & Design (Textile Design)

AQA

Entry Requirements: 

GCSE Grade A or B in Art and Design

Course Content:

This new specification allows us to continue to provide for a flexible structure and an excellent choice of experiences tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of each individual student. 

The emphasis is on achieving a balance of technical skill, personal expression and contextual knowledge, with each topic being taught and then further developed by each student’s own aspirations with support and guidance from the teacher. 

Stand-alone workshops/events will also play a part in widening the student’s range of experiences before they decide on their final specialism. 

A wide range of disciplines is available to each student from which to construct an individual programme. These include Fabric Construction/Weaving/Applique/ Patchwork/Quilting/Printing/Tie-dye/Batik/Spraying/Transfer Images/etc.

Critical/Historical/Contextual studies permeate all areas and visits to Visual Art Exhibitions are an essential element.

Assessment:

The work will be internally marked during the course with External Moderation by a Visiting Examiner occurring at the end of the course. 

The units that are studied are: 

Component 1 “Personal Investigation” - This starts as a general introductory course experimenting with a range of media and approaches, then each student generates a topic of their choice by the end of Yr 12 to explore in detail worth 60% of the overall marks.

Component 2 “Externally Set Assignment” is the exam paper with 8 starting points given out on 1st February. Students choose one of these starting points to develop ideas during the preparatory stage and then complete a final piece in 15 hours of supervised study worth 40% of the overall marks straight after the Easter break.

Art & Design (Photography)

AQA 

Entry Requirements: 

GCSE Grade A or B in any Art and Design endorsement or a Portfolio of own photographs. 

Course Content:

This new specification allows us to continue to provide for a flexible structure and an excellent choice of experiences tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of each individual student. 

The emphasis is on achieving a balance of technical skill, personal expression and contextual knowledge, with each topic being taught and then further developed by each student’s own aspirations with support and guidance from the teacher. 

Stand-alone workshops/events will also play a part in widening the student’s range of experiences before they decide on their final specialism. 

A wide range of disciplines is available to each student from which to construct an individual programme. These include Portraiture, Landscape, Still-life, Documentary, Photojournalism, Experimental Imagery, Photographic Installation. 

Critical/Historical/Contextual studies permeate all areas and visits to Photographic Galleries is an essential element. 

Having your own camera would be an advantage but not compulsory for this course.

Assessment:

The work will be internally marked during the course with External Moderation by a Visiting Examiner occurring at the end of the course. 

The units that are studied are: 

Component 1 “Personal Investigation” - This starts as a general introductory course experimenting with a range of media and approaches, then each student generates a topic of their choice by the end of Yr 12 to explore in detail worth 60% of the overall marks.

Component 2 “Externally Set Assignment” is the exam paper with 8 starting points given out on 1st February. Students choose one of these starting points to develop ideas during the preparatory stage and then complete a final piece in 15 hours of supervised study worth 40% of the overall marks straight after the Easter break.

Opportunities outside the classroom

Many lunchtime and after-school sessions are provided for further enjoyment of the visual arts and for students to have further access to specialist equipment.

Visits – Each year group enjoy a visit to one of the following establishments:- Beaney Art Gallery, British Museum, Design Museum, Folkestone Creative Quarter, Knit & Stitch Show, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Photographers Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Turner Contemporary, V & A and A’level groups have site-specific visits as a starting point for a major project.

Life Drawing - For over twenty years we have run Life Drawing classes for A‘level students and selected GCSE students. Working from the human figure enables students to gain valuable direct observational experience.

Workshops with Artists – whether attending a workshop from UCA or working with visiting artists connected to the Arts Award or Folkestone Triennial, we try to encourage opportunities for learning related to the wider community.

Competitions – We actively support many local, regional and national competitions.

ARTiculation – this is the opportunity to develop experience in public speaking on any area of Art and each year we have students compete in the regional heats at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone. Regional heat winners from all over the country go on to compete at Clare College, Cambridge.

Bloodhound Design – A group of Year 8 girls won the regional element of this award last summer designing .

Charivari – every year since the inception of the Charivari Community Arts event 20 years ago, organised by Strange Cargo, we have had groups of students designing and making costumes, puppets and structures and then participating in the Saturday event celebrations parading through the main streets from the harbour to the Leas.

Folkestone Art Society – Over many years we have entered artwork to the youth section of the society winning many prizes and more recently sketchbooks for the Gloria Gordon Awards.

Inspire- Leading through Culture – a group of 15 of our girls took part in this initiative last summer as part of the Big Arts Day.

John Downton Competition - The John Downton Art awards are a very prestigious annual county-wide art event and each autumn we have student’s artwork selected for exhibition at Maidstone County Hall. 

Mall Galleries - Each summer we have student’s artwork selected for the prestigious annual National Students Art Exhibition at the Mall Galleries London It is Judged and organised by the Royal Society for British Artists. 

Page Turner – we upload artwork to this Kent-based on-line showcase of school age art run by the Turner Contemporary Gallery at Margate each year.

Rotary Young Photographers Award – we have had a student win this award at both Shepway and District 1120 level for the past two years.

Saatchi Gallery - we upload artwork to this national on-line showcase of school age art run by the Saatchi Gallery each year

Departments

  • Art & Design

    The Department Mr Fitzgerald-Clark - Director of Learning - A'level & GCSE Photography and KS3 Mrs Hulme - Assistant Director of Learning - A'level and GCSE Fine Art and KS3 Ms Turner - A'level &...

  • Business Studies

    KS5 A Level Business Studies enables you to investigate different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments.  You will learn that businesses face varying degrees of...

  • Citizenship

    KS4 Studying Citizenship enables students to: Engage with topical citizenship issues and contribute to debates on challenges facing society involving a wide range of political, social and ethical...

  • Computing & ICT

    KS3 The school values both ICT and Computing equally, hence students in years 7 and 8 study both ICT and Computing on a termly carousel.   In ICT they experience a range of applications such as...

  • Dance

    KS4 In Year 9 pupils follow a foundation course which prepares them for the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus in Year 10. GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and...

  • Design Technology

    KS3 In years 7 and 8 students will create a number of projects that support the National Curriculum focussing on wood, metal, plastic, electronics, textiles and graphics. They will learn how to use...

  • Drama

    KS3 Drama in KS3 provides students with the opportunity to explore group skills, team work, individual leadership skills and self-confidence. Students will develop an understanding of different...

  • Economics

    KS5 AIM This course is designed to introduce students to the core theory and practical application of Economics. Students will: Develop an understanding of the core microeconomic principles of...

  • English

    KS3 English is taught over 7 lessons a fortnight at Key Stage Three, which gives the pupils opportunities to explore and analyse a wide variety of fictional and non-fiction texts and create them...

  • Extended Project

    What is Extended Project The Extended Project requires students to carry out an extensive piece of independent work in a topic of their choosing. Students will be required to:  Choose an area of...

  • Geography

    KS3 In both Years 7 and 8, Geography is taught over two lessons each week. Both year groups will have the opportunity for field work in the local area.  In Year 7 we hope to show students what...

  • Government & Politics

    KS5 The History Department also offers Government & Politics at AS and A2 level. At AS students look at British political institutions such as Parliament and the judiciary, as well as issues in UK...

  • Health & Social Care

    KS5 Edexcel AS and A2 course in Health and Social Care. This is a vocational A level qualification providing students with both knowledge and practical skills for a career in Education, Health or...

  • History

    KS3 Students develop a range of skills and subject knowledge at KS3 in History. We develop our skills of source analysis by looking at different types of evidence, from everyday objects to official state...

  • Mathematics

    KS3 Pending approval. KS4 You will begin your Mathematics GCSE course in Year 9. The current Year 10s will be the last cohort to sit the current Mathematics GCSE specification, and they will sit...

  • MFL

    KS3 Many studies have shown that learning a foreign language not only improves students’ employability, but also strengthens their skills in other subjects. Furthermore, a number of prestigious...

  • Music

    KS3 Pupils study music over 2 periods per week in year 7 and 1 period per week in year 8. Those pupils who currently play an instrument are encouraged to bring this to their music lesson and use it...

  • Physical Education

    KS3 In Year 7 & 8 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities for 2 hours a week.  Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skill level in the following...

  • Psychology

    KS5 Psychology is now classified as the fourth science.  Psychology is a highly valued by many universities including being a popular and useful choice for those hoping to go into medicine,...

  • Religious Education

    KS3 Girls from year 7 receive a general introduction to major World Religions with a discrete focus on Christianity Buddhism and Sikhism. In year 8 girls develop their understanding of these...

  • Religious Studies

    KS5 Do you want to understand yourself and the world around you? Do you  question truths and assumptions? Do you spend most of your time thinking and talking to yourself? Do you enjoy constructing...

  • Science

    KS3 Students are taught Key Stage 3 Science in 2 years following the UPD8 SOW Wikid.  This is based on the philosophy that students should enjoy and achieve in Science. Every Science lesson, whatever the...

  • Sociology

    KS5 Course Content Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Its aim is to understand how societies work. The study of sociology fosters a critical awareness of contemporary social...

Contact

The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125