Art and Design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. An outstanding Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Art as well as understanding their place within a wider history and context of practitioners in many fields within the subject including Fine Art, Photography, Architecture, Graphic Design and so on. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The writer and illustrator Danny Gregory said,

“What if we treated driving like we treat the Arts?  We’d assume that people were either born to drive or not.  We’d wait to see if, as children, they started driving on their own, if they had talent and a calling.  If they did, we would be careful not to interfere with their talent and possibly suppress it.  We would make sure to encourage only those who seemed they’d be able to drive professionally.  We’d pay some of them millions of dollars to drive and lavish them with fame; others we would refuse to support, encouraging them to do something more useful for society.  Everyone else would assume that they would never be able to drive and would just stand on the sidewalks and watch the traffic.  At least the ozone layer would be in better shape.”


This is something within Art and Design that we wish to avoid.  Every child has the ability to succeed in the Arts it is not something that we are born with – a “talent”.  Successful Art work takes practice, time and care and can be developed through following a broad and varied curriculum incorporating different strategies and activities.  Within the Art department we want to encourage a positive outlook on Art and Design in all its forms both practical and academic. 



During Key Stage 3 we offer a broad spectrum of activities both academic and practical; we aim to develop critical thinking, historical and contextual understanding of a wide range of art from different times and cultures alongside the use of varied media including: drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, sculpture, black & white photography, ceramics, textiles, Photoshop and Graphics manipulation etc.  Art and Design is everywhere around us in society from architecture to clothing design as well as the traditional view of artwork in galleries, this is the broad understanding that we wish to create within the department.

Freddie in Year 7 said,

“Some people think that EVERYTHING is art. Is that really true?  Just imagine for a moment that there was NO art at all. Could you cope without art? In my opinion, I couldn’t. If there were no art, how would you express your feelings and imagination? Art is in a lot of things, such as: pictures, photos, papers 3 dimensional shapes and so on. Once you have read this, just for a little bit, think how you would express your feelings, if Art wasn’t created”

Within each year of Key Stage 3 we aim to deliver approximately three units across the terms, each one lasting approximately two terms with work consisting of historical or contextual elements (Art History) with a broad spectrum of practical materials and techniques explored.  Levelling is assessed as the combination of the whole project through a wide variety of tasks.  Students are shown and guided supportively through techniques and encouraged to actively practice and apply these.


Georgia O’Keeffe said;

“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way…things I had no words for.”

David Bailey said;

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer . . . in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.”

During Key Stage 4 students can choose between two OCR Art and Design endorsements we have to offer at GCSE:

·         FINE ART


These subjects can be selected as part of the GCSE options and are started within term 6 of year 9, working through a coursework portfolio unit which is worth 60% towards a final examination unit in year 11 worth 40% of their overall grade.  Students of both endorsements will work from a variety of themes, which will encourage a varied work ethic including working from the local environment alongside more imaginative and conceptual forms. Students are encouraged to undertake appropriate research and refer to and compare styles from other cultures and genres.

The aims of the GCSE Art & Design: Fine Art and Photography courses are designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Actively engage in the process of Art & Design in order to develop as effective and independent candidates and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Develop creative skills, through learning to use imagination and intuition when exploring and creating images and artefacts.  Become confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques.
  • Develop competence, with increasing independence, in refining and developing ideas and proposals, and personal outcomes or solutions.  Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques.
  • Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.  Also, develop an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art practice.
  • Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive, practical, technical and expressive skills.
  • Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.


When making their options for Key Stage 5 students can choose between two OCR Art and Design endorsements we have to offer:

·         FINE ART


Currently students produce each year a Coursework unit worth 60% of their grade and an examination unit worth 40%.  If taking their AS grade forward to A2 it will be worth overall 50% of their final A2 grade.

As there is a new course and specification for teaching in 2015 for this subject area students from this year onwards will need to opt for either the 1 year AS or the 2 year A Level.  Although the specification is still awaiting OFQUAL approval at present the AS will be made up of 100% examination practical unit and the A Level will be 60% Personal Investigation (coursework unit) and 40% examination practical unit.

The aims of the Fine Art course are to create meaning through an expressive or inventive artistic response to the visual world, a personal context or social issue.  This is achieved through knowledge, understanding and skills utilising a range of approaches and media including Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Lens-Based Imagery, Printmaking and Alternative media.

The aims of the Photography course are to seek an expressive and/or interpretative artistic response to the visual world, which is produced through the aid of lens-based media and may be manipulated by digital technology.  Again knowledge, understanding and skill are important as is analysis and written work in this area of study.  Students should show a wide range of skills in Photography by using both traditional and digital techniques.

Page Documents Date  
Art Scheme of Work Yr 12.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Art Scheme of Work Yr 13.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Art AS SOW.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Art A2 Personal Investigation.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Art Scheme of Work Yr 7.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Art Scheme of Work Yr 8.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Art Scheme of Work Yr 9.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download