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Contacting the department

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Art department by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:    

Key Stage 3 Art

All students in KS3 receive 1 hour of Art per week. Pupils ability is baseline tested using a range of art experimentation and creating with a range of techniques.

Pupils are initially taught about Colour Theory and “Pop Art”. This will allow students to develop and embed their colour theory knowledge throughout key stage 3.

As students’ progress, we build upon their prior knowledge but also work towards acquiring new skills. Particular emphasis is placed on art history and artist/cultural research, allowing students to learn and to make sense of the world around them by analysing and evaluating the way artists and designers have done this throughout history. Students are taught a range of drawing and painting skills; they are encouraged to draw from observation and to use a variety of techniques and to practice with other materials so that all students have the opportunity to make progress.

Towards the end of key stage 3 pupils will have the opportunity to attempt more craft based skills such as printmaking, textiles and 3D crafts. Our aim is to promote a real enthusiasm for the study of Art by exposing students to a range of contexts, strategies, processes and materials to scaffold their understanding and practical skills to promote their personal attainment.

In year 9, students will have the opportunity to select Art as a GCSE as they progress into year 10. This is a popular choice amongst many students; GCSE Art allows individuals to unleash their imagination in a variety of artistic mediums, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography being some of those areas.

KS4 Art– Year 10 and 11

Art and Design exam information:

Qualification and Level
GCSE –9-1
60% coursework         40% exam
AQA Art and Design


Students who opt for GCSE Art and Design build on the knowledge, skills and understanding established in KS3. The course is designed to encourage students to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence. Students will experience a wide range of approaches in the use of materials, processes and techniques, responding to guidelines and potential outcomes.

Creativity is at the heart of the curriculum and students will learn to engage in a wide range of art movements, artists and strategies for making which foster independence as they progress. This course is popular amongst students who are keen to study a practical subject and explore individual creative ideas and style.

Component 1 (60%) requires the pupil to produce work based on a theme, starting point or brief set by the school.

Component 2 (40%) is the set task from the exam board which requires pupils to choose a starting point from a list and prepare work over a number of weeks, resulting in a final idea which will be done within 10 hours set exam time. Pupils can produce work within a number of areas, and develop skills in different media and techniques, allowing them to create work which suits their ability and preference.


Overall Year Plan:


Enrichment opportunities:

  • Trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford to research Masks and cultural artefacts.
  • Trip to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to gather information on the Arts & Crafts collection in preparation for 3D focus.
  • Student masterclasses, external tutor brought in to deliver a workshop to students so a new skill can be taught.
  • Art degree show visits to allow students the opportunity to see what an art degree can offer and possible career pathways.


Useful websites:

27 Art Activities and Lessons to Try at Home - The Art of Education University

Links to past papers:


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