Art & Design Technology

The creative industries form one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the UK, responsible for over 5% of jobs and worth £84bn to the UK economy (The Sunday Times Magazine).

Art and Design Technology subjects are an essential part of a balanced education, helping students to develop creative thinking skills and emotional intelligence.  We often require our student to set their own agenda from within themselves, rather than follow set topics.  Students have to make independent decisions and be self-critical; they also need to be brave in sharing their ideas, and accepting criticism.

Through these subjects, we aim to foster excitement, enjoyment and a sense of achievement in our students and in so doing we hope to help develop the original and creative innovators of the future.

At Crickhowell High School, the Art & Design Technology Faculty offers the following subjects:

The ADT Faculty is spacious and partly open plan, allowing students to access the resources they need for project work.  Rooms are well equipped with dedicated ICT facilities in the faculty.  We recently received a substantial grant enabling us to purchase a Laser Cutter and a set of SLR cameras.

To find out about the subjects taught to GCSE in the Faculty, click on the relevant link below:



The Key stage three ADT Curriculum is designed to provide a broad and varied course, giving students the chance to experience the range of subjects offered in the faculty.  This foundation is developed into an increasingly wide range of GCSE, AS & A Level courses on offer.  We have a strong take up of ADT subjects at GCSE and A Level.

In Years 7 and 8, students are taught through a carousel of 15 one hour lessons per academic year, encompassing all areas of the ADT Faculty, namely Art & Design, Design Technology, Food and Nutrition.   They experience a wide range of art-based activities and projects and are able to work with a variety of materials and processes including printmaking, clay, drawing, painting and design and make projects.

Extra Curricular Activities

Each year we enter a number of our students into a range of competitions, both local and national.  This provides them with excellent opportunities to grow in their particular discipline, to develop their skills and confidence and to showcase their talents to a wider audience.  We encourage students to enter these competitions so they can gain experience in viewing their work as a body and practice considering their art  from an outside perspective.   Participating in competitions takes courage and is an act of faith and belief in one’s own talent and strengths.  Simply by entering these competitions makes winners of our students and those that win the prizes will have achieved something they’ll always be proud of.

Rotary Club Young Chef Competition

The Rotary Young Chef Competition is a well-established and successful competition organized and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.  It is a four-stage national competition to support and encourage the development of cookery skills.  Contestants prepare and present a three course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, which is judged by a panel of experts.

Crickhowell High School student, Anika Mather,  won the local heat for the 2018-19 and therefore goes through to the district final, which will be held on 30th January 2018.  Some of the food produced this year is shown below.

For more information, please visit our competition page at

Rotary Club Young Photographer Competition

The Young Photographer Competition is a well-established and successful competition organized by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI).  The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to develop their photographic skills using either digital or traditional methods of photography, by experimenting, interpreting and expressing their ideas through the medium of photography.

In this competition, Crickhowell High School students have achieved success over the years at both a district and national level.

For more information, please visit our competition page at

PromArt Competition

In September 2017, Brecon Town Concert Band, in conjunction with Theatr Brycheiniog and the Lumen Prize launched PromArt, a competition to promote, celebrate and showcase the artistic talents of students studying in schools across Powys through the medium of music.  The competition attracted more than 350 entries from students in local schools in Years 3 to 18, all of whom presented their own artistic interpretation of any one of the ten pictures depicted in Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, which was last year’s theme.  Prizes were awarded in the categories of Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form and shortlisted and winning entries were displayed in the Andrew Lamont Gallery at Theatr Brycheiniog during the month of September, as well as being project in stage during Brecon Town Concert Band’s Prom Concert performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition on Monday 11th September 2017.

In the two years that the PromArt Competition has been running, Crickhowell High School students have taken the first prize in the Secondary School Category 14—15 year age group.