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Creative Arts

Art and Design at Key Stage 3

KS3 (Year 7 and 8)

We aim to give our pupils the opportunity to explore a range of processes and techniques through experimentation and creativity. We believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

At KS3 we introduce our pupils to a wide range of art materials and skills, such as sculpture, drawing, painting and printing. Students work with traditional and new media, learning to appreciate the appropriateness of each.

Year 7 topics include:

Natural Forms, Colour Theory, 3D Shoe Sculpture

Year 8 topics include:

Graphic Art, Mark Making, Organic Mechanic

KS4 Creative Arts Options

(Year 9,10 and 11)

GCSE Art and Design

 Exam Board: AQA Specification 12

Course Overview

The course offers students an opportunity to develop drawing, painting, and 3D skills in order to investigate, explore, analyse and express feelings and opinions in a range of visual forms.  Artistic ability is highly desirable as it the commitment to working outside the lessons. The work of different artists and designers is researched and analysed and all work is evaluated.

The new specification from 2016 demands that all pupils must include drawing as well as written commentary in their portfolio

Unit 1 (Coursework) – Surfaces

Students study/draw a wide range of SURFACES and learn about formal elements such as tone, texture and colour.  They will explore a range of 2D techniques to develop personal responses.

Unit 2 (coursework) - 3D exploration- Fantastic and Strange

Students develop 2D skills and explore 3D techniques (Ceramics and Mod-Roc). They will explore the design and creation of a creature in response to the theme.

Unit 3 (coursework)

Students prepare a portfolio of sketches, paintings and 3D work based on the exam topic of the previous year, This will help prepare them for the real exam and further encourage independent investigation and exploration.

The exam topic is given to students in mid-late January in order to complete the ‘Exam Preparation Portfolio’. This portfolio includes drawings, paintings, artists’ research and experiments with 2D and 3D techniques.  Students are strongly encouraged to work daily on this portfolio and are able to use the Art rooms at lunchtime and after school.

Students choose the best work from the portfolio for the ‘Final piece’ which will be completed during the exam days.

What kind of talents/interests should I have?

An interest in Art & Design (be prepared to try different techniques of drawing and painting), an interest in drawing from direct observation, good presentation skills, dedication and an interest in researching artists and writing about art.

GCSE Photography: lens-based and light-based media

Exam Board: AQA Specification 12

Course Overview

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of lens-based and light-based media, techniques and processes.

Throughout the course students develop and produce a digital portfolio to document their preparatory studies and developmental work. The course will involve researching and responding to a variety of photographic genre, from documentary/photo-journalism to commercial and fine art photography. For each unit of work students are to produce a body of work with a range of personal outcomes that show a strong visual and conceptual understanding. At the end of the course, pupils will be expected to exhibit a selection of work as part of a public exhibition.


GCSE Photography follows the same assessment structure as GCSE Art and Design. There are two main units to the course, which are weighted differently:


Within each unit, there are four assessment objectives (AOs) that are used to determine your grade:


AO2: REFINE                          

AO3: RECORD                        


Exam preparation:

The exam topic is given to students in mid-January in order to complete the ‘Exam

Preparation Portfolio’. Students choose the best work from the portfolio to develop ‘Final outcome’ which will be completed during the exam hours.


The exam takes place over a 10-hour period in order to create a final outcome.

GCSE Drama

Exam Board:  Edexcel

GCSE Drama encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and become effective and independent learners. With the focus on working imaginatively, collaborating creatively and communicating effectively, GCSE Drama provides a solid foundation for further Drama studies and vocational opportunities.

Key features of GCSE in Drama:

Clear, three-unit structure, with two units assessed internally and a third by an external examiner.

Free choice of stimulus material and play texts for all units, giving you the flexibility to choose the most appropriate texts and themes for your students.

Final examination is performance-based rather than written to reward practical ability.




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