Art Department



The formal elements in art, line, tone, form, colour & texture underpin all learning in art and design. Students are encouraged to develop their observational drawing skills and record their ideas in a variety of forms using a different experimental media. Art Textiles techniques are taught alongside Fine Art drawing and painting and pupils are also given the opportunity to explore 3D forms. Sketchbook exploration is key to a student’s success and they are encouraged and supported in developing pride in their work and their presentation. Students explore a variety of artists from different periods of time and different cultural influences and are encouraged to evaluate how art has changed over time and how different art forms lead to different career pathways.


Pupils at KS4 opt to study AQA GCSE Art & Design Fine Art or Art Textiles. Across the 2 year course pupils will continue to learn new skills and techniques and well and embed knowledge and skills from prior KS3 learning. The course will allow students to make informed decisions about their own creative practice in a culture of experimentation, exploration and critical reflection and they are encouraged and supported to be independent thinkers. Students will continue to explore a range of artists and techniques across 2 portfolio projects in year 10. Each project is underpinned by visual research, exploration of media and development of key ideas in response to artists through to a creative independent outcome. In year 11 pupils are preparing for their Externally Set Task developing the same creative principles and those developed in Year 10.

There are two parts to the assessment:

  1. Assessment is over two units of work – Coursework Portfolio 60% and the Externally Set Controlled Assessment 40% of the final GCSE grade.
  2. The Externally Set Assessment involves a period of creative preparation in which the students independently develop their ideas followed by a 10 hour period of sustained focussed study.

Art and Design covers all aspects of Art and exploration in a variety of media. Drawings underpin the creative exploration with students being encouraged to think creatively and independently. Students’ skills will be enhanced and developed through multiple disciplines and they will be encouraged to develop creative presentation and annotation in the form of a sketchbook. 

You will study a variety of themes and projects, many working from direct observation and some referring to the methods and techniques used by established artists. You will also have the opportunity to study outside of the classroom on a field visit – previous visits have been to Liverpool’s Albert Dock and a visit to the London Galleries or the Lake District.

You will use and develop skills in a variety of media whilst exploring new methods of working along the way.  You will be encouraged to become more independent, producing original and personal art work in response to a number of set themes and projects.

From Year 7 your work will be assessed in line with the new GCSE specification and you will be given regular feedback against the 4 Assessment Objectives. All work will be set in line with the marking criteria and you will develop work that looks at your creative processes against this. Your work will cover the following areas:

  • develop your ideas taking inspiration from others,
  • explore different materials with confidence,
  • record your ideas in visual and written form,
  • develop a personal response.

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What is a Knowledge Organiser?

It is a document prepared by your teachers that summarises and condenses all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page, that you need to remember to be successful.

If you use this document to help you when you study or revise it will help you to remember the key information and learn important subject specific words which will help you in your exams and assessments.

By using the Knowledge Organisers at home to support you with study it will help you when back in the classroom. Below is a list of potential ideas and tasks that you could follow to help with any subject. You will then need to find the knowledge organisers for the subjects you wish to study, and the topics that you are studying in class to complete the tasks below or those set by your teachers.



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Tom Quigley is a local Cheshire based Artist who produces short support videos for developing the use of sketchbooks.

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