Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 lessons are currently taught on a 9 week rotation within the Creative Design faculty.  Topics covered in the three year programme are The Formal Elements, Portraiture and Pop Art.  A breakdown of which is outlined below:

The Formal Elements – Year 7

Students are introduced to a selection of artists who demonstrate strong use of the formal elements in their work including realistic and abstract artists.  They are taught the importance of the elements in artwork and how they underpin creative works.  Students are also taught how to use the formal elements to enhance their drawing and painting ability.

Assessment pieces:

Baseline observational drawing

Artist inspired piece

Final observational drawing

Portraiture – Year 8

In year 8 students learn how to construct a portrait and how to draw features realistically through experimentation and observational drawings. They are introduced to a range of historical and contemporary portrait artists with a focus on Picasso and Cubism work.  Students create a 3D portrait representation in the style of Picasso typically in clay but has included other materials such as cardboard construction.

Assessment pieces:

Baseline self-portrait drawing

3D Picasso inspired Portrait

Final self-portrait drawing

Pop Art – Year 9

Year 9 requires students to learn about the wider circumstances to art and design. They learn about the context and purpose of Pop Art with reference to historical, social and cultural circumstances to produce a written assessment.  This lays the foundation for the design process of a Pop Art inspired final outcome. Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton are used to inform the content and subject matter of the final piece. Final outcomes have included paper dresses with contemporary Pop Art design, Oldenburg inspired 3D sculptures and fabric prints to create a Pop Art garment.

Assessment pieces:

Written assessment

Pop Art final outcome design

Final outcome

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Fine Art Endorsement

From September 2015 the department offers the Fine Art endorsement for GCSE.  Two units of work will be completed as part of the course: 

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio worth 60% of the overall grade. 

There are 3 assignment briefs for unit 1 focused on Natural forms and Portraiture.  Final outcomes and development work are expected as part of the assignments and students focus on painting, drawing and printmaking disciplines. There are two 5 hour mock exams during the course which is dedicated to creating your final outcomes for each assignment.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment worth 40% of the overall grade.

Unit 1 is set by exam board EdExcel. The papers are released to the academy in January of year 11 to begin teaching in February.  The theme of the brief is determined by the exam board every year. Unit 2 is completed with a 10 hour final exam over two school days.

Students opting for the GCSE qualification in Fine Art should demonstrate good drawing skills and expect to be fully committed to the course.  It is a highly rewarding and satisfying course and will require further attendance to extra sessions run by the department on a weekly basis.

You will learn to develop, refine, record and present your work through painting, drawing and printmaking medium.  Art and Design is a fantastic outlet for creativity and serves an important role in our day-to-day lives. It is an enjoyable subject for those who like a challenge and are keen to develop their artistic ability.

Taking Art and Design could lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as:

            Fine Art – Painting – Sculpture

Graphic Design – Magazine Editors – Advertisers

Web page designer


Media – research, reporting, presenting

Film / Video making – Photography

Industrial product design

Fashion and Textile industry

Jewellery designer

Architecture – Engineer – Town planner

Interior design

Art restoration – Art Historian – Auctioneer

Teaching – Primary, Secondary, Further Education or Higher Education

Occupational therapyStudents will learn to develop, refine, record and present their work through painting, drawing and printmaking medium.  Art and Design is a fantastic outlet for creativity and serves an important role in our day-to-day lives.

Students will learn to develop, refine, record and present their work through painting, drawing and printmaking medium.  Art and Design is a fantastic outlet for creativity and serves an important role in our day-to-day lives.

Key Stage 5 – Enrichment programme

KS5 students taking the Art and Design enrichment programme can expect to receive personalised units over a broad range of disciplines.  The aim is to promote Art and Design within the academy through high quality and inspirational art.  KS5 will learn new techniques and processes and document their journey to provide information and good practice to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  Students will require the ability to draw as a minimum and will have many opportunities to build their personal portfolio.

Teaching and Learning

Extra-curricular or enrichment programmes take place almost daily for students from Key Stage 3 – 5.  This includes extra sessions for KS4 classes and lunchtime clubs for KS3.  This has included textile and 3D disciplines.

All students are encouraged to be independent learners who can develop their skills through experimentation and learning from creative risks.  Structured lessons and practical outcomes ensure students make progress and learn new skills.

The building where the art department is based is named after local artist Barbara Walker who has commissioned work for the academy and been an artist in residence.  More information about the wonderful talent of Barbara can be found at

Our school has been enhanced by the artworks of Bruce Jones who has created many large-scale portraits of inspirational figures to display around the school.  His influence is also felt in the main corridor by the hall, where there are floor-to-ceiling decorations of the creative subjects using our own students as inspiration.

BCU PGCE trainees also deliver units of work and alternative outcomes to students as part of their professional development.  They assist with teaching students new skills and aiding the development and progress of their coursework through specialist tasks.


All summative assessment within the department is in line with the schools assessment and recording policy.  Key stage 3 students have 3 summative assessments per rotation and KS4 are assessed twice per half term.


Homework is an important part of student learning and is a vital part of the curriculum; it is set every week and is a key role in the development of student learning.  Homework is designed to extend and consolidate learning and it is crucially important for student progress.  Homework tasks are appropriate for the level and age of the learner.  Artists research is often used as it does not require the use of specialist Art equipment at home.  We recommend that each student has access to drawing equipment, pencil crayons and internet access as a minimum requirement.