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Farringtons is one of only a handful of schools in the country to offer Ceramics at KS3 and as a specialist subject at GCSE, AS and A Levels.

The superb Ceramics Studio in the Stratford House building is very well equipped and resourced, with two Roderveld electric wheels, a large electric kiln and facilities to undertake smoke firing.

Pupils have the opportunity to explore the unique qualities of clay and are taught the traditional skills of the craft of pottery. They develop a working knowledge of tools and materials, an understanding of ceramics’ place in society and its importance in a historical and cultural context.

Ideas are formulated, explored and refined through design-based projects. The aim is for pupils to enjoy the creative process and be rewarded by the satisfaction they gain through their individual efforts to design and make visually pleasing, functional and decorative forms.

Pupils have Ceramics as an option in Year 9. They will learn the skills, knowledge and understanding which can lead them into studying it as a specialist subject at GCSE.


Ceramics is offered as a GCSE subject; Three-Dimensional Design within the AQA Art and Design specification. The course comprises of two units:

  • Unit 1-  Portfolio
  • Unit 2 - Controlled Assessment

AS/A Level

Ceramics is offered as an AS and full A level; Three-Dimensional Design within the OCR Art and Design specification.

The AS course comprises of one unit:

  • Unit 1 – Controlled Assignment

The A Level course comprises of two units:

  • Unit 1-  Portfolio
  • Unit 2 - Controlled Assessment