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  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
  • Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)


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Art Department – Vision. We encourage pupils to communicate through, and to be aware of the impact of the visual. We approach Art as a subject that requires students to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues as a necessary part of the making process. We teach pupils a range of skills that enable them to achieve quality outcomes. We teach pupils to recognise, reflect on and value, alternative modes of expression. Our aim is to promote feelings of success, enjoyment and achievement and to encourage further learning.

The Art and Design department provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests and ideas in ways that are personally relevant. We believe that art is an inclusive subject which stretches and challenges all pupils and which nurtures the creativity of the individual. We believe that Art and Design provides an effective context in which to develop those skills needed in pupils’ wider learning. We believe that all pupils are creative and that it is our responsibility to find ways that can enable them to expression.

‘Creativity is possible in all areas of human activity and it draws from all areas of human intelligence’ – Ken Robinson – ‘Out of our Minds’, 2001.

The Curriculum


Learners explore and experiment with a range of information and resources to plan, develop and reflect on their creative activities. Pupils are introduced to a new ideas and starting points each year. With each topic pupils explore the work of other artists, select and record from observation, experiment with a range of processes and media and develop and present their ideas through the creation of a personal response. Work in sketchbooks documents and supports the progress of learners as they build on their skills throughout the Key Stage.

KS4 – GCSE Art and Design

Pupils follow a learning plan in Year 10 which prepares them to work independently during Year 11. They work independently to conclude their coursework and to undertake the final exam. They explore their ideas through Painting, Drawing, 3D, Print and Textile media. They undertake research into a wide range of other artists’ work. They record their ideas visually and annotate developments using sketchbooks.

Pupils are introduced to two projects during Year 10. The department places strong emphasis on pupils investigating each given starting point by reference to first-hand sources, through observational drawing and photography. During each project pupils build on their technical skills and knowledge of media and processes. They combine this with their knowledge of the work of other artists and cultures to create an informed personal response. During term 4 pupils select and further develop an aspect of their work which is of particular personal interest. The external exam takes place during term 5 and this requires pupils to work independently at demonstrating their skills and knowledge creatively in response to a set topic. All work is marked internally and externally moderated.

KS5 – A Level Art and Design

Pupils chose their own theme and work closely with staff to develop and extend their practical and theoretical knowledge. They make outcomes in Painting, Drawing, 3D Sculpture, Textiles, Printmaking and Installation.

The AS and A2 course in Art and Design encourages students to develop:

Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;

Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement;

Independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes;

An interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of art, craft and design;

The experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies;

An understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate;

Experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, make links to the creative industries;

Knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures;

An awareness of different roles, functions and audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.

Art and Design is internally marked and externally moderated. Coursework portfolios and supporting work is presented for assessment in February and exam work during April.


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