Welcome to Art & Design

“Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk, but their ability to appreciate and interpret what they observe, communicate what they think and feel, or make what they imagine and invent, is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education.”


Sushila Brown – Lead Teacher of Art and Design
Dannielle Baker – Teacher of Art and Design
Alison Hart – Teacher of Art and Design Technology

Key Stage 3

The Art & Design course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the AQA GCSE Art, Craft & Design course in Key Stage 4. The KS3 programme covers knowledge and understanding by focusing on notable art and design movements throughout history. Starting with the prehistoric era and finishing in the 21st century, we offer a broad curriculum. There is a very strong emphasis on developing quality drawing skills throughout the course. Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of media, materials and processes.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Miss Sushila Brown, Subject Lead

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Art, Craft & Design

The KS4 curriculum follows the AQA Art, Craft & Design syllabus and has proved to be one of the most consistent and popular options subjects in the Academy.

The curriculum is divided into the coursework unit (unit 1) which is 60% of the grade and the externally set assignment (unit 2) which is 40% of the grade. The syllabus consists of 4 assessment objectives:

  • AO1 is researching and ideas, where students find out what art they respond to and learn to make confident choices.
  • AO2 is about experimenting and taking risks. Students try out a wide range of media, materials and processes, including printmaking and photography. They are encouraged to find out what they actively enjoy working with as well as being able to try out materials and combinations that they have not yet encountered.
  • AO3 is the quality of the work, how it is recorded, kept and organised. Students learn how to sustain their investigation by reviewing what they have done and making appropriate changes. They can set themselves goals and challenges.
  • AO4 is the final work – the big finish. Students use work from the other assessment objectives to put everything they have learned into practice. There are no set ways of working and students are free to produce work that is personal, imaginative and exciting. Students reflect on what they have done.

AQA GCSE Art, Craft & Design is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Miss Sushila Brown Subject lead

Enrichment Opportunities for Art, Craft & Design

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.