Art Curriculum

  • Miss E. Hart

    Curriculum Leader of Art and Design, Duke of Edinburgh Manager

  • Miss D. Siew Stevens

    Teacher of Art Textiles

  • Mrs G. Anderson

    Senior Leadership Team, Teacher of Art and Design

  • Mr T. Walker

    Teacher of Art and Design

  • Miss T. Prutton

    Teacher of Art and Design

All department teachers have a range of skills and practices across the art specialisms enabling all teaching staff to teach a range of courses including Photograhy, Graphic Communication and textile design across Key Stage 4 and 5. All staff teach all key stages.

Department Vision & Ethos


  • The Art department aims to make art and creativity accessible for all. We aim to encourage students to extend, explore and expand their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • We aim to inspire students by introducing them to artists, crafts people, designers and movements in Art, along a variety of Art made across different time periods, cultures and countries.
  • We aim to expand student knowledge and understanding by putting into context different periods of Art history.
  • We aim to expand student thinking and challenge preconceived ideas, encouraging them to develop their own opinions, be able to justify these and broaden their own cultural capitol.
  • We aim to enhance skills, both physical and analytical; to communicate concepts, experiences and ideas across a wide range of media.
  • We aim to develop knowledge, inspire and enthuse, creating “awe and wonder”, encouraging students to question, query and analyse.
  • We aim to enhance and enrich students’ educational experience by encouraging them to express themselves creatively, to fell confident exploring media, and to be able to express their own feelings and opinions fluently, whether in the written or visual form.

Key Stage 3

  • Year 7

    1 lesson per week of Art, taught in mixed ability groups.

  • Year 8

    1 lesson per week of Art, taught in mixed ability groups.

Key Stage 4 (Early Entry GCSE)

Pearson: Edexcel – Option choices of Art, Craft and Design or Photography, Textiles Design or potential option of Graphic Communication (This is not standard GCSE option and only available as an alternative for specific students in year 10)

(60% coursework / 40% externally set exam)


  • Year 9

    4 lessons per two weeks / 4 hours per two weeks. Taught in mixed ability groups. Two coursework projects completed in year 9. Year started with building skills and knowledge in specialism through workshop style lessons.

  • Year 10

    5 lessons (1 hour each) per two weeks. Taught in mixed ability groups. Two coursework projects completed

  • Year 11

    5 lessons (1 hour each) per two weeks. Taught in mixed ability groups. One short coursework project, one externally set exam project completed in year 10.

    In December, students will participate in a 5 hour mock exam (coursework)

    In January of year 11 students will begin their externally set exam unit: (40% final grade) from Jan - April

    After Easter students will complete 10 hour practical exam over two days.

Key Stage 5

Pearson: Edexcel. Options of Arts, Crafts and Design or Photography

(60% coursework / 40% externally set exam.)

4 lessons per week, Expected 5 hours independant learning each week, studio space available within specialist skills.

Starting year 12 with workshop-based activities develop skills and independent interests within subject area. Introductory project Sept – Jan to include a mock essay based off of artist/area of interest.

A-Level personal investigation from May Year 12 to Feb in Year 13 with the inclusion of component 1B personal study essay (approx. 3000 words continuous prose on a topic of interest relating to students on work in the subject. This will be started before Summer of year 12.


What can be expected by the end of each key stage 

By the end KS3 students will have explored and be confident in the foundation skills in Art (a range of drawing and mark making skills, painting and colour theory). They will understand how to analyse a piece of Artwork using the S.E.MI. writing frame. Students will be able to develop their own ideas leading towards a final outcome, using appropriate artists and crafts people to support their work. By the end of KS3 (year 7 and 8) students will have explored different media such as clay, print making, Graphic design and painting.

By the end of KS4, students will have produced a range of projects exploring a broad range of skills (in line with the examination board Edexcel – 60% coursework / 40% exam) Students will follow the Pearson: Edexcel Arts, Craft and Design course. Through a series of internally set projects students will develop their ideas using a range of media and supporting artists that link to their chosen idea and specialism.

The external exam follows the same format but the final outcome is produced in a ten-hour examination. This is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.

Students may present their coursework and examination units in a public exhibition (after moderation.)

By the end of KS5, following a broad curriculum in year 12 and 13, students will have produced a personal portfolio of practical and written work that demonstrates a range of techniques and processes in their work to A Level standard. Their personal portfolio will evidence developed lines of enquiry and evidence of supporting artists, crafts people and art movements that underpins their own work and ideas in their specialism.

Students will be prepared to take their portfolios (coursework and examination unit) to University / College interviews.

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