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Subject: Visual Art & Design
Contact: Mr S Parker


All students study Art & Design at Key Stage 3 and they have the choice for further study at Key Stage 4. Throughout each Key Stage we aim to promote a broad understanding and appreciation of the visual world through making art, engaging with, analysing and reflecting upon the art work from the past to contemporary artists, photographers, craftspeople, designers working today. At KS3, KS4 and KS5 students are given a broad approach into exploring images and artefacts that balance with the making of art that are relevant to today’s world. The very nature of our subject allows the teacher to contribute to the intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development of students.

Key stage 3


Students are taught in mixed ability classes. Students are offered a broad and balanced curriculum within a range of specialisms – painting, drawing, 3-D, ceramics and photography. Independent learning tasks through the use of homeworks allow students to develop their ability in managing their own interests through learning.

Throughout this Key Stage students are given opportunities to improve their skills in generating ideas through artist research, planning visual ideas through experimentation with materials and techniques in order to evaluate their own and others' work.


Curriculum Content


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term




Still Life




Built Environmment



AMTK Painting


Assessment Criteria

Please find below the assessment benchmarks for Visual Art and Design. A child progresses across the grid (from A-I) when they demonstrate a deeper knowledge and wider range of skills in each assessment carried out.

Key stage 4


In Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for both Art, Craft and Design (8201). Students are taught in mixed ability groups. This gives us the freedom to teach GCSE Art & Design in ways that inspire and bring out the best in all students, whilst equipping them with the skills to continue the subject with confidence at A-level and beyond. The flexibility of its design means we can tailor our course to your students’ interests and our department’s strengths. Teachers teach to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter what their level of ability, while supporting the development of creative and engaging lessons.

Students are taught 5 hours a fortnight.

Exam board and course

AQA Art, Craft and Design (8201)

Curriculum Content


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Portfolio - Identity

Portfolio – Environment: Natural or Built

Portfolio – Viewpoints and Abstraction

Year 11

Portfolio – Mock GCSE Questions

Externally Set Assignment


Externally Set Assignment


Enrichment opportunities


Year 7 Art Club: Tuesday 12.20pm – 1pm  led by Year 13 students

Photo Skills Club: Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm 

Useful websites to support learning

Tate website
Open Eye Gallery website
V&A website

Ruthin Craft Centre

The Design Museum website