Art & Design


Art and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and make their own personal responses. We encourage pupils to think critically and learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture through exploring the Art of others. Personal response cultivates confidence. Usually, it is helpful if you take the subject at GCSE in order to study the subject at a higher level.

Career links


At the outset of KS3, the aim is “to get it” by demonstrating our understanding and learning of skills and techniques. In turn, having that knowledge and the knowledge that practice will help us to improve and create as the journey continues to Year 8 and to Year 9. Confidence and enjoyment facilitate drawing for purpose. Responding to the ideas and work of others also teaches empathy, patience, resilience, reflection and determination, all skills that are extremely marketable in many professions beyond the obvious creative ones. Ultimately, it must inspire and challenge, whilst developing proficiency, enabling learners to navigate their own independent journey to qualification.


Subject progression & sequencing

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Media and skills
  • Drawing
  • Responding to the work of others
  • Art History context
  • Constructing drawing
  • Sketchbook
  • Still Life
  • Painting techniques
  • Mark-making
  • Exploring
  • Literacy & Art
  • Contemporary Culture
Year 8
  • Figure & face
  • Thinking skills
  • Drawing for Purpose
  • Communication
  • Other Cultures
  • Draw like a sculptor
  • 3D work
  • Illusion and Perception
  • Using numeracy in Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Personal response
Year 9
  • Responding to the work of others
  • Painting techniques
  • Repeat Design
  • Printmaking
  • War Art
  • Literature
  • Continuation
  • Responding to the work of others
  • Contemporary Art
  • Continuation
Year 10
  • Skills, Media, Techniques, Main Topic
  • Prepsheet
  • C1 – portfolio
  • Responding to the work of others, sketchbook
  • Prepsheets
  • Continuation
  • Personal responses and Independent investigation
  • Continuation
  • Literacy
  • Continuation
  • Second brief (leading to mock exam in y11)
Year 11
  • Second brief
  • Continuation + timed session
  • C2 – Controlled Test
  • Controlled Test
  • Consolidation

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