Bury Grammar Schools

Art and Design

The Art & Design Department is a hive of creative activity. 
It boasts excellent facilities with beautiful open, light and spacious studios. We aim to inspire personal expression, cultural understanding, creative and practical responses, promoting imaginative risk taking.  Pupils will be inspired and challenged, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Pupils are taught to think creatively and critically by investigating and evaluating a wide range of creative outcomes.

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

The Year 7 and 8 Art curriculum introduces the pupils to the formal elements through a range of exciting and engaging projects. Pupils develop their creative confidence, throughout the projects and learn different ways in which they can produce and develop a range of creative outcomes and personal ideas, whilst enhancing and building upon initial skills taught.  During the two years, they learn to develop their subject specific, critical and technical language and develop their understanding of significant artists, designers and craftspeople.


GSCE Art curriculum at Bury Grammar enriches the pupil’s education with new skills and techniques.  During the course pupils explore and experiment with a large range of materials whilst learning how to further develop their own creativity and refine personalised idea.  Pupils expand their knowledge of critical analysis by investigating current Art practitioners and relish the opportunities to attend educational visits throughout the year experiencing world class Art. 
The Art & Design GCSE consists of two components.

Component 1 - Portfolio

This consists of a sustained project and a selection of further work that represents the course of study.

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (ESA)

The exam board sets the ESA. Preparation time is given, plus ten hours of supervised time.

A Level

A Level Art and Design is an exciting and dynamic course in which the students benefit from designated Sixth Form Art studios on both sites kitted out with an expansive range of equipment.  During Year 12, students learn a range of process and techniques through specialised workshops drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and digital media. Students have a wealth of opportunities to attend visits and trips, which inevitably develops their cultural understanding of the arts. 

The course consist on two components:

Component 1 - Personal Investigation
Pupils choose a theme, idea, issue or concept to investigate and develop their art practice through to a personal and meaningful conclusion.  Students produce a written element of 1000 – 3000 words which supports their practical work.

Component 2 - ESA
Students respond to a stimulus, provided by the exam board, to produce work, which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response that addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

We are proud to boast our fantastic results year on year with students successfully gone onto study degrees in Architecture and Engineering, Architecture, Fine Art, Sculpture, Textile Design, Illustrator, Graphic Design and Fashion.  By having a creative A Level this will potentially, enhance future prospects within an ever-growing Creative Industry in the UK.

Heads of Department

Mrs Kershaw
Head of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty, Head of Senior Girls Art
Mrs Kershaw has been teaching Art and Design since 2006.  She studied an Art Foundation at Camberwell College of Arts and then went on to Central School of Speech and Drama to complete a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design.  
Having worked in the Design Industry prior to teaching she trained as a Teacher of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 and joined Bury Grammar School 2010 from Woodhey High School.  
Since working at Bury Grammar School, Mrs Kershaw has been the Coordinator of PSHE, Head of General Studies, Head of Year and now the Head of Art (Senior Girls) and Head of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty.
Miss Gore
Director of Arts & Culture, Head of Senior Boys Art
Miss Gore has worked at Bury Grammar School since 2007 and became Head of Art (Boys) in 2010. She has BA Hons: Ceramics and a Masters in Fine Art.
As a member of the Senior Management Team, Miss Gore is Director of Arts & Culture across BGS, representing the School on a regional Arts Board and is the Artsmark Leader for all arts and cultural opportunities.
As a Sixth Form tutor, she is heavily involved in the preparation of students for Higher Education and supporting them in their own educational development.
As a professional artist, Miss Gore specialises in ceramic installations, creating visceral responses to memories and has exhibited across the North West.