In Key Stage 3, pupils experiment with colour, form, shape, space, texture and pattern. They explore a wide range of materials and processes to enable them to refine and improve their skills. Students are given the opportunity to observe and respond to the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures. In Key Stage 4, pupils have the option to follow the OCR Art and design GCSE. Students previously choosing this option have successfully gained good GCSE results. In Art students follow the national curriculum. They will be encouraged to experiment with new ideas and techniques. The benefits of Art also go beyond the school curriculum: studying Art gives students the opportunity to express themselves and leads to a feeling of achievement and increased self-esteem. It provides a creative outlet in a calming environment which can assist students to feel more at ease and relaxed.