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Contacting the Team

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)
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KS3 Art

Year 7

At year 7 all students receive 1 hour of Art per week. During this time they are tested to assess their drawing ability and this can take a number of lessons whilst the pupils experiment and create with a range of techniques.

Pupil’s progress on to being taught about Colour Theory, this is a set of principles used for working with colours. This involves mixing colours, considering the visual effects of colour, and creating pleasing colour combinations. After this students will move on to exploring the art movement “Pop Art”. This will allow students to develop and embed their colour theory knowledge throughout the year.

Year 8

At year 8 all students receive 1 hour of Art per week. During this year we build on what students have learnt in year 7 and particular emphasis is put on drawing skills. The theme that we study is Still Life and again students will be tested before being placed in an ability based seating plan. They will begin by researching Still Life artists throughout history and see how still life art as a theme has been addressed by different movements.  Students are encouraged to draw from observation and a range of techniques and use of materials are taught so that all students have the opportunity to make progress.

Year 9

During year 9 pupils will have the opportunity to attempt more craft based skills such as printmaking, textiles and 3D crafts. All of these areas will be at an introductory level with the main theme of study being insects. Pupils will begin by researching insects from around the world before going onto develop and refine their own insect design ideas, initially through drawing and painting, but moving on quickly to the more craft based techniques.

In year 9, students will have the opportunity to select Art as a GCSE as they progress into year 10 and this is a popular choice amongst students who enjoy Art. Ideal for the more creative student, GCSE Art allows individuals to unleash their imagination in a variety of artistic mediums, including things like painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.

KS4 Art– Year 10 & 11

Art and Design exam information:

Qualification & Level
GCSE –9-1
60% coursework         40% exam


Students who opt for GCSE Art & 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.

This course is popular among students who are keen to study a practical subject and explore individual creative ideas and style. Pupils are given a sketchbook at the beginning of the course which is expected to document and contain designs, research and ideas which are done in class and for homework. This will be handed in at the end of the course.

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

Component 2 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. (40%) 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.



Enrichment opportunities:

  • Trip to the Pitt rivers Museum in Oxford to research Masks and cultural artefacts.
  • Student masterclasses, where an external tutor is brought in to work with students so that 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:

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