Introduction
The Art Department has a clear vision to create independent, creative minds. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which allows students to develop both their practical skills and conceptual understanding.

Mrs E Corley, Head of Art Department

Key Stage 3

Year 7
An introduction to basic technical skills; the themes change but the disciplines covered are:

  • Drawing; exploring tones, mark making and observation
  • Painting; exploring colour theory, mixing and texture
  • Printing; exploring mono printing, collagraph and poly block
  • 3D; exploring various materials, methods and processes

Year 8
Expanding upon skills learnt in Year 7, alongside the development of critical studies and conceptual thinking.
The theme is "Identity" and topics covered are:

  • Portraiture; learning about proportions and expression
  • Symbolism; learning how meaning is conveyed within Art
  • Identity (masks); learning about other cultures, experimenting with materials and processes

Year 9
Skills are developed towards GCSE expectations.
The theme changes, topics covered are:

  • Critical studies; researching and responding to Artists
  • Observational drawing; drawing from primary resources
  • Experimentation of media; learning how to use various media and recognising the purpose involved in selecting media
  • Final outcomes; developing an idea into a final piece of Art work

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art is run over a 2 year course including 2 coursework units and an externally set exam unit. Coursework is broken into two themes which change biannually. Students are marked according to 4 assessment objectives for both coursework and examination, these are:

  • Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
  • Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Final grades are marked on a ratio of 60:40

60% coursework – 40% examination

Examination Board – Edexcel

Students also visit Galleries and Museums to support their learning and we invite professional artists into school to run workshops with our GCSE students.

Key Stage 5 (AS and A2 Level)


Students of AS and A2 Art are invited to attend a Residential Trip to Paris plus Museum and Gallery visits to support their studies. We also offer extra sessions in Life Drawing during the Autumn Term.
AS – coursework is made up of a single theme. Students are marked according to 4 assessment objectives for both coursework and examination, these are:

  • Develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical.
  • Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.
  • Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on work and progress.
  • Realise a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements.

Final Grades are marked with a ratio of 50:50

50% coursework – 50% examination

Examination Board – Edexcel

A2 – coursework is made up of one unit which is a personal study of the student's choice, including a 1,500 word essay. Students are assessed for both course work and exam as they are for AS; Develop, Experiment, Record and Realise.

Final Grades are marked with a ratio of 50:50

50% coursework – 50% examination

Examination Board – Edexcel