At Muntham House School we believe in making Art accessible to all, giving pupils the opportunity to explore and create and become inquisitive and independent learners.  We encourage and facilitate this exploration through a wide variety of materials; drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and photography.  Expanding their appreciation of art and the world around them by looking at the work of other artists and encouraging them to look at the world around them. 


Our Art and Design Curriculum is sequenced to enable pupils to gain confidence and develop a broad range of creative skills. Developing their confidence to experiment and work through problems promotes a growth mindset. Enhancing self-esteem and preparing pupils for the evolving demands of work and adult life but also broadening and developing their views of the world around them. 

At Key Stage 4, AQA GCSE Art and Design two-year course is the perfect option for those who enjoy communicating visually.  This course is assessed with 60% coursework, and 40% externally set tasks (exam).  


Our high-quality art and design curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Teaching uses a wide range of strategies, including demonstrations, discussions, mini workshops, visiting artists; including artists in residence, gallery visits, film/documentary and IT. Tasks are differentiated and accessed through a ‘stage not age’ approach. As pupils progress, they will develop the skills to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will begin to understand cultural capital, how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. 


The majority of pupils who choose to study Art and Design GCSE gain a level 4 or above, while some achieve a GCSE grade consummate with their ability which is usually beyond what was deemed possible from their baseline measurement. We are hugely proud of all that our pupils achieve. Most pupils are able to develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum offered in art and design, enabling them to proceed into further education or the workplace and to become a positively-contributing members of society.

We are delighted to have recently achieved the Gold Artsmark standard from the British Arts Council in recognition of our high-quality arts provision. The student arts council have given the pupils a voice in the arts at MHS and is involved in aspects of planning, visiting artists and trips.  Our pupils are enthused and inspired by off-site trips, which have included Goodwood Sculpture Park, Pallent House gallery, Graffix Studio London and Hastings art gallery.

The Art Department aims to:

  • Make art accessible to all
  • Create a safe learning environment where pupils feel comfortable to make and create art.
  • Encourage and facilitate exploration and experimentation with different mediums and materials
  • Develop inquisitive and independent learners
  • Develop the skills to be able to work as part of a team on large-scale art projects
  • Expand pupil's appreciation of art and the world around them

Curriculum Map Art and Design                    Art and Design Policy

DfE No. 938/7003  Charity No. 1105085 Registered Office: Barns Green, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0NJ

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