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As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'sanguine'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly.


This week in our Weekly Vlog, Mr Anderson speaks about the huge success of our School Production earlier this week. You will also see a few sneak peek performances from their rehearsal! Check it out here:


Did you know that today is ? Our Year 7 students have been set two challenges by Mrs Vincent to help promote this important occasion!


Earlier this week we welcomed who performed a fantastic production of 'What you Will' to our students. It was a great engaging introduction to and it transported our students to the world of Elizabethan Theatre!


As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'laudable'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly.


We are excited to confirm that there are a few limited tickets still available to purchase for our school production this afternoon! Booking details can be found here:


After months of rehearsing, we are so excited to see our students perform in our first ever school production, 'Will Power', this afternoon! Good luck to our students taking part and special thanks goes to Mr Anderson and Mr Lee for all of their hard work!


We are so happy to hear that SST's first ever school trip was a big success on Friday. Our Choir students went to Thorpe Park and had a great time!


Our students enjoyed the weather yesterday afternoon as Miss Orme moved 'Make it Club' to the Courtyard to make the most of this glorious sunshine ☀️#ExtraCurricular


This week in Drama, our Year 8 students are learning sequencing, and are seen here performing still images!


This morning we are off to Primary School for a Transition Meeting. Tilly, Oliver and Will are looking forward to speaking to the students joining us next year!


As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'Iniquitous'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly.


As part of our transition, there will be a series of weekly challenges for our newest recruits to take part in which are uploaded every week! This week we are challenging students to a Drama challenge. Head over to our website for further info!


We are delighted to announce Briony, Year 8, has been commended in the Spanish category for the South East region. Well done Briony!


As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'perpetrator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly.


With June being GRT History Month, our students learnt about what makes a home for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community in assembly this morning!


This morning Mr Payne, Yasmina and Emilis are off to Leeds & Broomfield CE Primary to meet with the Year 6 students starting with us in September! We are excited to start our Primary visits this term


We are so happy to welcome our students back for Term 6 after a restful break! We are looking forward to another packed full term!


Our students continued their project in collaboration with today. They have been discussing how our different cultures are affected by issues raised by the United Nations in their Sustainable Development Goals and how we can work towards a more sustainable future!


This week we are celebrating Citizenship Week by challenging our students to plan a local project taking action on one of the sustainable goals!


Recently we challenged our newest recruits to an Art Challenge, as part of . They were asked to photograph objects or settings which have human characteristics. We were so impressed with the entries! Check out these brilliant submissions from Oscar, Eliana & Ava!


As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'bystander'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly.


We are so proud of our Girls Football Team who made it through to the final yesterday! After a brilliant performance we sadly lost in a penalty shootout however their achievement goes down in our SST history as the first team to make it to a final! Well done girls!


Good luck to our Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Team playing in the championship final this afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium!


Session 5 is all about reflection and evaluation. Our students have been busy updating their competencies on their iPads using !


During session 4 of our we welcome Matt from “We are with you” agency. He is speaking to our students about peer related issues including risks of drugs, energy drinks and the consequences of taking drugs!


Session 3 is all about prejudice related incidents. Here they are working hard to create a poster to explain what they have learned!


Session 2 is focused on students working together. They have learnt that everybody is different in lots of different ways and we need to treat everybody the same.


Session 1 of our is focused on exploring stereotypes! Our students are understanding the importance of not judging a book by its cover!


The sun is shining for our Empower Day! Today will be a series of sessions focused on reacting to situations in life and considering how our reactions and actions can affect others!


Today is the day of our Students v Staff Football match! If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here:


Today we virtually hosted a school in Belgium, where three teachers taught a STEM lesson to our Year 7 students. This is part of a long standing relationship between and


We are pleased to open our school for current Year 5 students and parents to take part in a student led tour on the following dates! Head over to our website to secure a ticket:


As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'collaborator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly.


Today we had the 1st session of our 'Learning Alliance Beyond Borders' project that 15 SST students will be working on with students from . They will be learning about each other’s cultures, and working together to look at innovative ways to tackle climate change!


Check out this car that the students in GreenPower Car Club have made! They enjoyed doing some practice runs yesterday without the body work of the car in place so that they can check everything is working properly before it is raced!


Congratulations to our Girls Football team who only went and got through to the Championship FINAL! They will be playing at Gallagher Stadium on Thursday, 19 May. Further information on how you can watch will be available soon!


We are thrilled to announce our long-awaited Staff vs Students football match, which will be taking place after school on Wednesday, 18 May, to raise money for our Library. If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here:


As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'resistance'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly.


Check out how much fun we had raising money for Ukraine by cycling from Kent to Kyiv last week in our weekly vlog! Who else is super impressed with Mr Lee's slow motion cycling?!


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The Art department staffing includes:

- Miss H Orme – Teacher of Art

As a valuable member of the STREAM focus at SST Maidstone, the Art department provides a creative and inspirational space for students to engage their artistic talents. Students explore a range of different mediums and develop their cultural awareness through the study of Art around the world and through history.

The Art department runs a Art club each week for Year 7 students, which is heavily subscribed with a waiting list! Students also demonstrated their passion for Art and requested to set up a ‘Make It’ Club each week, allowing students creative flair to flow!  The department also liaises with other schools in the Trust to provide wider opportunities, including the recent VIAT Charity Auction where a number of students submitted their pieces to raise money for charity.

Curriculum Intent

The focus of the SST Art department is to build upon the experience students have had at their primary school, encouraging students to take creative risks, have confidence in their artistic ability, feel comfortable experimenting with new techniques and processes and feel engaged with art. 
With many students coming to SST from mixed backgrounds, it is imperative that the Art department addresses differences in individuals’ cultural capital by introducing students to the wider art world beyond just the classroom. This will include engaging with museums and galleries, nationwide cultural projects such as competitions and challenges, delving into learning about careers in the creative sector and developing oracy in the subject of art and design.  

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Students will develop a wide variety of transferable skills through their KS3 art experience at STT including: 

  • The ability to work collaboratively with others whilst having the confidence to share individual ideas and concepts. 

  • Strong creative problem-solving skills which are applicable to a constantly developing wider world. 

  • The ability to communicate ideas visually, orally and in writing. 

  • Strong visual literacy. 

  • Well-developed observational, research and analytical skills. 

  • Working towards briefs and meeting deadlines 

  • Developing resilience and openness to new ideas and concepts. 

Curriculum Topics


Students will follow a comprehensive Curriculum including:

Year 7

  • Understanding art
    • What is art? Critical thinking in art?
    • Analysing art – formal elements.
  • Introduction to drawing techniques
    • Experimental Drawing
    • Observational Tonal Drawing
    • Focus on a diverse selection of illustrators and artists
    • Still Life
  • Introduction to Colour theory and painting techniques.
    • Primary, secondary, and tertiary colours
    • Health and Safety when collecting equipment.
    • Using Tempera and Watercolour paints.
    • Painting techniques
  • Insects and Pattern
    • Pattern, symmetry, tessellation, reflection.
    • Colour theory recap.
    • Digital image manipulation – saturation, brightness, tessellation.
    • Scarab beetles – working with air dry clay.
  • Architecture
    • Architectural drawing and perspective 
    • Relief printing introduction

Year 8

  • Recapping Drawing Techniques
    • Perspective and Lettering
    • Architectural drawing
  • Imaginary Animals
    • Tonal Drawing and mark making
    • Art historical context of ‘animals in art’
    • Watercolour painting techniques and washes
    • Photopea or Photoshop Introduction.
  • Human Figure Project
    • Proportion of the human figure
    • Introduction to Futurism
    • Photography – capturing the human figure in movement
    • Sculpture introduction – wire and Modroc.
  • Landscape and aerial perspective
    • Recapping colour theory and perspective
    • Landscape painting

Year 9

  • Portraiture (Long project)
    • Pop Art movement 
    • Painting, Colour theory.
    • Proportion, tonal value, drawing skills, formal elements (line, form, texture)
    • Photography and collage (mixed media)
  • Cells (Short Project)
    • Introduction to mixed media (Oil pastels, painting, inks)
    • Pattern, texture, fine detail.
    • Textiles – felting.
  • Perspective (Short Project)
    • Art History - perspective
    • 1pt, 2pt and 3pt perspective.
    • Typography and lettering
    • Architecture and buildings – drawing, shadow.
    • Architecture – street art.
  • Under the Sea (Long Project)
    • Printing processes – monoprints, collagraphs, mixed media.
    • Clay outcome – pattern and texture

Year 10 and Year 11

Students will choose art as a GCSE option, ranging from Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Ceramics. 

Year 12 and Year 13

Art and design options will be available in the Sixth Form at SST, or other schools within the Maidstone Campus. 

Transition Information

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Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

Students are provided with additional support and opportunity to experiment with new artistic techniques depending on the provision provided at their primary school.

Students can join Art Club or Make it club.

Students will be introduced to the basic elements of art and key skills which will underpin their journey through the art and design curriculum.

Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to think about the next stage of their transition, with a Foundation Year in Year 9 allowing students to explore new artistic processes and art historical context in more depth. 

During Key Stage 3 and the Year 9 Foundation Year, students are educated on the varied careers in art and design and creative avenues available to them.

Students are given opportunities to expand their cultural capital with extra-curricular clubs, cultural visits and internal and external competitions. 

Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5

During the GCSE course, students are given a teacher led introduction to artistic processes and techniques and are taught to think critically and creatively.

Students are encouraged to follow their own creative ideas and visions with constant support from other GCSE students and art departments within the trust. 

Students are given opportunities to explore the position of art in the wider world and outside of a classroom setting.

Beyond Key Stage 5

Students are given opportunities to look at different routes to study art and design – both in its practical application and in its theory. Avenues to study art are explored as well as the numerous career links available. Students are also encouraged to understand the role art has in wellbeing and mental health even if not chosen as a direct route of study or work. 

Extended Curriculum Opportunities