Being able to think creatively is such a key skill for any youngster growing up in today’s world. In the Art department we will push pupils to challenge how they work using a variety of materials. Pupils will leave with an appreciation of a wide range of artist’s styles and be on their way to finding their own personal voice.

Key Stage 3:

Art 7 8 9 v2

How are students assessed at Key Stage 3?

Students will be given a minimum expected grade related to GCSE and they will be assessed formally, each half term to establish whether they are on track, above, below or significantly below this expectation.
Students are assessed on their use of the formal elements. Line, shape, tone, colour, pattern and texture.Students will have the opportunity to develop technical skill in a range of Art styles and will study a variety of themes. Students are given regular verbal feedback and when assessed (half-termly) are given targeted areas for improvement. Students sit a practical assessment each half term to understand what it’s like to produce artwork under exam conditions.


Due to the practical nature of the subject students will be expected to work in mixed ability groupings and become independent learners.

Art Homework

Students will be issued homework once a fortnight. The homework always links directly to the current project. Pupils are encouraged to create more work in their own time.

Key Stage 4:

Art 10 11

How are students assessed at Key Stage 4?

Students produce work for 2 components. Component 1 is their portfolio of work which is worth 60%. Component 2 is their external exam which is worth 40%.
Component 1 consists of 2 units of work, the first is Media & Material guides. Throughout this unit pupils will investigate the use of a variety of Art materials. They must show creative skill as well as analysing the materials. Unit 2 is Nature. Pupils will create a body of work based on natural themes. This will build up to a trial exam in November.
In year 10 and 11 students will get homework every week. One week it will be an Artist study and the other will be portfolio related. It is vital that pupils work in their own time as lesson time alone will not equal a high grade.

Enrichment/Extension Activities

• Gallery visits Derby, Birmingham, Leicester and London.
• Still Life Drawing/ painting at local stately homes (Calke Abbey)
• Links with local University providers.
• Watch Artists work in a variety of styles
• Exhibitions for KS3 and KS4.
• Workshops with professional Art companies.
• Leadership opportunities with local primary schools.

Careers information/next step information

After GCSE Art…
BTEC, A-Levels, Undergraduate Degrees, Master Degrees, PHD’S.
Examples of Art Careers
Illustrator, Concept Artist, Character designer, Photographer, Fashion designer, Typographer, Graphic designer, Interior designer and Animator. Plus many more.

Contact information

Hannah Davies
Learning Director for Expressive and Performing Arts
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Rachael Morton Riley
Deputy Learning Director for Expressive and Performing Arts
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