Art and Design

Curriculum Leader: L. McConville

Subject Leader(s):
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Fortnightly Lessons:

Year 7 – 3 lessons

Year 8 – 3 lessons

Homework: Milestones set throughout the year

Year 7 and Year 8 Knowledge and skills

KS3 Art lessons aim to ensure that all pupils:

  •  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  •  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  •  Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Year 9

In year 9,  Art, Ceramics and Graphics are offered as part of the taster rotation


Learners will explore and develop ideas in sketchbooks/worksheets based on various project themes.

Fortnightly Lessons:

Year 10 – 5 lessons

Year 11 – 5 lessons



Years10 and 11 students can embark on either the AQA GCSE Fine Art syllabus or the AQA GCSE 3D (Ceramics) syllabus dependent on their chosen pathway.

Both courses provide students with opportunities to develop independent skills that promote decision making and problem-solving while also developing practical skills.

GCSE courses are 60% coursework/40% externally set task.

Homework: Milestones and set homework set each term.

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Fortnightly Lessons:

Year 12 – 10 lessons

Year 13 – 10 lessons

“Innovation comes from optimism, creativity and art”

Bob and Roberta Smith

In years 12 and 13 students can opt to further their artistic practices by selecting AQA A2 Art and Design ‘Fine Art’

We will encourage students to take risks and to learn from their mistakes. We nurture a deep engagement in the learning process that requires students to take ownership of their work, invest in it and extend themselves.

Studying Fine Art at A level will develop and broaden students’ practical skills and creative language. Students learn to reflect purposefully on what they have created and to understand how their work relates to the broader world of art and design through independent research, gallery visits, group discussion and written critical analysis. Both courses will develop the ability to analyse the work of others and make connections between this work and their own.

The A2 Fine Art course provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.


This course will provide candidates with a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study: there are two components at A2:

60% Component 1: Coursework investigations, includes written aspect 1000-3000 words. 96 marks

40% Component 2: Externally set assignment. Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised study time. 96 marks

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