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 students 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. Usually, it is helpful if you take the subject at GCSE in order to study the subject at a higher level. 

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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. 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 (topic length in weeks)

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Skills, Art History
  • Natural Forms
  • Constructing a drawing
  • Looking from more than one viewpoint Still Life
  • Mark-making / sketchbook work
  • Street Art & Manga
Year 8
  • Skills, Art History
  • Communication / Aboriginal Art
  • Figure & Face
  • Draw like a sculptor
  • Illusion and Perception
  • Stencil Art
Year 9
  • Skills, Art History
  • Repeat design
  • Architecture
  • Contemporary Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Contemporary Art
Year 10
  • Skills, Art History, Media (AQA)
  • Natural Forms: Prepsheet + sketchbook
  • Natural Forms: Prepsheet + sketchbook
  • Natural Forms: Prepsheet + sketchbook
  • Mock Exam prep
  • Mock Exam prep
Year 11
  • Mock Exam prep
  • Mock Exam prep + timed session
  • Consolidation + personal topic (Usually Component 2)
  • Consolidation + personal topic (+ timed session)

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