Trust websites

Welcome to Art & Design

"An artist's early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict. As the artist picks their way along, rejecting and accepting as they go, certain patterns of enquiry emerge. Their failures are as valuable as their successes: by misjudging one thing they form something else, even if at the time they do not know what that something else is."

(Bridget Riley)


The Department's aims are:

  • To create a structured atmosphere where all students work to their full potential.
  • To encourage creative thinking, self expression, independence and problem solving.
  • To develop the appropriate skills and techniques needed to achieve the highest levels of attainment.
  • To understand the contribution of the artist and the designer.

The Art Department at The Long Eaton School prides itself on making art meaningful, enjoyable and accessible to all students. We provide a unique means of self-expression, whilst promoting confidence and desire in students to produce works of quality. In order to achieve these objectives, an understanding of the formal elements of art and design is essential, together with technical competence in a wide range of media. Practical demonstrations are central to the teaching ethos of the department, providing an effective means of introducing new skills and techniques, whilst generating confidence.

Department Staff:


  • Mrs C Ludlow (Head of Art)
  • Miss F Batool
  • Miss A Shawyer
  • Miss C Walker
  • Mr G Woodward


Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 all students have 2 art lessons with their form over the two week timetable. They cover a range of projects that focus on a particular formal element, which is always at the core of student's learning experience.

We also run an additional art course which is a Short Course GCSE in Photography. If you opt to take this course, you will have 3 lessons every 2 weeks and will spend the Autumn and Winter terms working on your coursework project and the Spring term preparing for your exam. This option should be taken if you have a talent and interest for art.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 there are two courses on offer:

Level 2 Art & Design Certificate - you have 5 lessons over 2 weeks and have to complete 4 units of work over 2 years (equivalent to 2 GCSE A-C)

Level 2 Art & Design Diploma -   you have 10 lessons over 2 weeks and have to complete 8 units of work over 2 years (equivalent to 4 GCSE A-C)

Key Stage 5

There are four courses available:

Level 3 BTEC Art & Design Subsidiary Diploma - you have 9 lessons over 2 weeks and have to complete 6 units over the 2 years (equivalent to 1 A Level)

Level 3 BTEC Art & Design Diploma - you have 18 lessons over 2 weeks and have to complete 12 units over the 2 years (equivalent to 2 A Levels)

Applied Art (AS and A2), 1 coursework module is worth 60% and final exam is worth 40%

Photography (AS and A2) - coursework modules worth 60% and final exam is worth 40%


The Art Department has a wide range of facilities which allows us to experiment with ceramics and glazes, printmaking and painting. We have a kiln room, 3D and 2D classroom and a print press. We try to produce work that illustrates all the varying disciplines in art  design.


We run the following enrichment classes:

  •  KS4 and KS5 students - lunchtimes and after school, which are on an informal drop-in basis.
  • Art Club after school on Wednesdays for Years 7 and 8.
  • Gifted and Talented Art Club after school on a Tuesday.