Art & Design

The Art department provides a learning environment which takes into consideration each pupil’s needs and abilities. The curriculum is designed to offer challenge, progression, relevance and articulation.  

Our aims are:

  • To develop in our pupils a confidence in their creative ability  
  • To improve pupils’ visual awareness by developing their observational skills and expressive and investigative drawing abilities
  • To develop our pupils’ manual dexterity through structured experimentation with a variety of materials and equipment
  • To develop in our pupils an awareness of their cultural heritage and an understanding of the importance of the visual arts and design in today’s society
  • To prepare our pupils for national examinations
  • To promote and encourage cross-curricular links where possible

Key Stage 3: Year 7-9

Art lessons in KS3 are taught in mixed gender classes. All students in Year 7-9 have one 60-minute lesson per week. Students follow a curriculum outline for the year, which covers a variety of different topics

Year 7

Michaelmas term – Colour project

Lent term– Drawing project

Summer term– Mythical Creatures project


Year 8

Michaelmas term - Mexican project

Lent term -Aboriginal Art project

Summer term -Pop Art project


Year 9

Michaelmas term - Perspective project

Lent term - Human Forms

Summer term – masks project


Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11

Art lessons are taught in mixed gender classes. All students have 3 X 60 minute lesson per week. Students follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design Course. Throughout this course the students will complete a minimum of 2 projects in which they will develop skills using a variety of different medias and research numerous artist and styles.

Those pupils who opt for Art and Design will be following the AQA syllabus for Unendorsed Art which involves Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and some 3D work.

The course itself comprises of two parts: - Coursework and an exam.

The coursework is arranged into a portfolio of work with two distinct outcomes or finished pieces, which are teacher directed and an internally set Mock exam. This work counts for 60% of the overall mark of the GCSE. At the end of the course in May of Y11 there is a 10-hour exam, externally set by AQA, which counts for 40% of the overall marks. The examination board allow from February to Easter as a preparation period for the exam.

The whole assessment process of both coursework and the exam is based upon four objectives which are clearly defined for pupils at the outset of the course. Both coursework and the exam are marked by the teacher to externally set criteria. An external moderator then moderates them.

The course as a whole is structured so that at the start in year 10 there is considerable input from the teacher. With the growing confidence of the pupils it is hoped they gradually become more familiar with the process of evaluation of their work. By Y11 they will be expected to take much more responsibility for their learning. Pupils will receive two-hour lessons in Year 10 and three hour lessons in Year 11 or vice versa. To broaden the pupil’s outlook there will be a day of art gallery visits in one of the nearest major cities during Y10. This will involve pupils looking at good examples of both historical and contemporary art works.

(Key stage 5):  Year 12 & 13

The Art department offers the Fine Art option at A level. Candidates should produce both practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed media, print making, sculpture, land art, installation, film, animation, video and photography.

Overall there are 4 units of work involved in the A level. Two units at AS level and two at A2. Each unit is weighted as 25% of the marks of the full A level.

The first unit is set by the teacher in agreement with the pupil. Then a portfolio of work is to be produced on the chosen theme. This theme can be an idea, concept or issue. There is a strong emphasis on the pupil researching and developing ideas. The work produced must fulfil the four assessment criteria.

The second unit of work is an externally set assignment. After choosing one question the pupil has four weeks for development work and then has a 5-hour unaided, supervised exam. The work produced during the exam should be devoted to the development ideas.

At A2, the third unit is a personal investigation and comprises a practical unit of work with a written element. The quality of the written communication is an important aspect of this unit. The written work should be between 1000 and 3000 words long. Spelling, punctuation and grammar should also be accurate, so that the meaning is clear

The fourth unit of work is again an externally set assignment with four weeks preparatory development allowed. This is followed by a 15 hour unaided, supervised exam, which produces a finished piece of work, which is the logical culmination of the preparatory work.