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Mr R Miranda - Head of Department

Welcome to the Visual Arts Department

All the staff in the Visual Arts Department work together to encourage and support all pupils. Art and Design perfectly complements the other subjects your child experiences on a daily basis, allowing time to reflect and use their creativity.

Essentially whether you are in year 7 or year 13, Art and Design, Textiles and Graphics is learning in a vocational context. It helps to build a child's confidence, competence and motivation and provides a perfect balance with academic subjects allowing every child to express themselves and flourish in a creative and happy environment.  (See links below for more details about each key stage).

Meet the Art Department

The department team consists of ten members of staff. These are:

Name Title
Mr R Miranda Head of Visual Arts
Mrs J Campbell Teacher of Art
Mrs G Wagstaff Teacher of Art & Textiles,  Head of Learning Year 8
Mrs K Gate Subject Leader of Textiles and Fashion Design & Production
Mrs V Woods Teacher of Art & Textiles
Mrs S Blakey Community Arts Coordinator & Teacher of Art
Miss H Sulek Art Technician

Curriculum Overview

The Visual Art Department at Altrincham College firmly believes that art is all around us, and that; in all its forms, provides us with the material that society is built upon.

From the clothes we wear and the daily objects we use, to the images we see and the buildings we live in, Art is absolutely everywhere in our lives, 24/7.

The Visual Arts department is committed to preparing its students for commercial and vocational careers in a wide variety of media.


In the main school, we have a range of Arts, Textiles and Graphics rooms, all of which are well-resourced with materials and equipment.

We have 3 Art rooms, 1 Textiles and one Graphics room in main school as well as a pottery room and two kilns.

In our state of the art Sixth Form, we have two professional Art and Fashion teaching studio's, both of which are spacious, well-resourced and fully equipped to allow our students to have an outstanding learning experience in a range of A-level and vocational course.

We also have our own fabulous school gallery which is used to exhibit students work, professional artist exhibitions and also hold workshops with visiting artists with our own and students from local schools.