Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent. TN30 6LT
T: 01580 764222 | F: 01580 766267
We have 2 kilns, 1 dark room, 1 laser cutter, 1 workshop classroom, 1 technician’s workshop, 8 sewing machines, 2 classroom digital whiteboards, 4 classroom flat screen TV projectors and a range of Apple Mac computers and laptops. We hope to create a photography studio room in the near future and expand our ICT facilities within the department.
Year 7 and Year 8 Students are taught a combination of the National Curriculum for Art and Design along with Design Technology – hence the departmental name. Students are taught how to use a range of materials and techniques, links to historical and cultural references, and develop and explore ideas and communication about their project. One project could be completed within one term, or the project may be expanded into different learning experiences over the course of many weeks. The aim is for students to have experienced a broad range of Art & Design & Technology skills in order to make an informed judgement about possibly continuing in this department for any of our GCSE/AS/A2 level courses in the future.
During KS3 most students have the opportunity to have one term of Food Technology lessons. For any students that do not get this opportunity, they are invited to take part in a Food Technology immersion session instead. Students learn about healthy eating, food/kitchen hygiene and safety, and preparation and cooking of healthy food recipes. This prepares students that may wish to choose Catering as an option in yr9.
In yr 9 students can choose any of these GCSE course options: Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics, Photography, 3.D Design or Product Design. These are all with the AQA exam board with the exception of 3.D Design which is with OCR. All options consist of 60% coursework projects and 40% exam project. Students may select up to 2 of these option subjects together. Most students will complete the course in 2 years, but there is the opportunity to complete it in 3 years depending on individual circumstances.
We offer AS and A2 level course in these subjects: Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics, Photography and 3.D Design. We hope to add Product Design to this option choice in the future. These are all with the OCR exam board with the exception of Graphics which is with Edexcel. All options consist of 60% coursework projects and 40% exam project. Students are expected to have achieved grade B or C in one of these subjects at GCSE level before advancing to AS level, and achieved grade B or C at AS level before advancing to A2 level. In KS5 we also offer all of our GCSE Art & Design & Technology subjects as one year GCSE options. We hold an annual public exhibition of the AS/A2 work usually in September.