Art and design

Art & Design

We pride ourselves on having very high expectations and providing an exciting and innovative learning environment.

Our intent within Art & Design is to nurture and embed life skills which can be utilised throughout life, allowing students to embrace their creativity while developing independent, self-confident learners. Our cultural capital opportunities will encourage students to appreciate the work of others within real-life situations, opening eyes onto the world beyond the school gates. Our ambitious, accessible curriculum offers set high expectations and aspirations across a range of specialisms to ensure students to go on to lead happy and successful lives. 

The schemes of work aim to challenge and inspire all learners in Art and Photography. We constantly review and improve our projects to ensure that pupils are engaged, learn new skills and develop independence and creative thinking.

So, if you like Art and it's The Right Fit for you - why don't you click here to see where it can take you?


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students start with a base line drawing assessment then go on to learn the key skills such as tone, colour and pattern. The theme is nature and leaves. Students do work in response to Klimt and Andy Goldsworthy. They then move onto perspective and landscape looking at artists such as David Hockney and Hunderwasser. The final project is inspired by different cultures with a trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. All students will explore a range of media.

Year 8

Students start with a baseline assessment and then focus on the theme of food. Students will look at Wayne Theibaud and Pop art. In the first term they will work in groups or individually to make a 3d response. The next theme is the portrait looking at stencils and the cubist period. The final theme will involve creating a piece inspired by machinery. All students will explore a range of media.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design Exam board: EdExcel

At Key Stage 4 we offer a diverse range of workshops centred on three projects (one per term) during the initial year of the three-year GCSE course. In Year 9, students will build up an extensive skill-set working in media from photography, sculpture to printmaking and fine art.

Term 1 – Key Skills and Nature

Term 2 – Printing – Nature and man-made

Term 3 – Exploring a theme of their own choice and 3d sculpture

In Years 10 and 11, students will take an independent approach to their GCSE project and devise a topic to investigate. Students will begin their investigations looking at ‘Nature’ and then eventually link this to their own interests. This theme will be explored and developed using a wide range of skills and techniques reflecting the style of both contemporary and historic artist links. The pupils will produce an exciting and original personal portfolio in reflection the four assessment objectives from the exam board and explore a range of media.

Key Stage 5

Exam board: AQA

Component 1: Personal investigation 96 marks (60%)

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. There is no restriction on the scale of practical work produced. It must confirm understanding of creative decisions, providing evidence of all four assessment objectives by:

  • clarifying the focus of the investigation
  • demonstrating critical understanding of contextual and other sources
  • substantiating decisions leading to the development and refinement of ideas
  • recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions by reflecting critically on practical work
  • making meaningful connections between, visual, written and other elements.

Component 2: Externally set assignment 96 marks (40%)

Students are to choose one question from a range of questions supplied by the exam board. Following receipt of the paper, students need to consider their starting points and select one. Following a preparation period, students have a 15-hour period to produce their finished outcome. Preparatory work and the work produced during the 15 hours of supervised time will be assessed together, as a whole, against all four assessment objectives.

Department Staff

  • Mrs K Cato-  Curriculum Leader
  • Mr E Clayton - Assistant Curriculum Leader and Art Teacher
  • Ms L Balch -  Art and Photography Teacher
  • Mr B Wallace - Art and Photography Teacher
  • Ms J Whitfield - Art and Photography Teacher
  • Ms J Turner - Art and Photography Teacher
  • Ms J Hawes - Design Technology, Art and Photography Technician
  • Mr P Bates - Design Technology, Art and Photography Technician

Useful websites and resources Useful glossary of terms and advice on techniques:

Step-by-step videos – search the technique you want help/advice on:

Lots of articles and advice from teachers and students. Includes lots of examples of very high-quality art portfolios from all over the world. Perfect inspiration for all years:

AQA exam board website (Key Stage 5):

EdExcel exam board website (Key Stage 4):

GCSE and A Level Art and Photography Exhibition 2020

Customarily towards the end of the Summer term we would host an exhibition to display all the fabulous artwork produced by our GCSE and A Level Art and Design students during their courses.

This year, restrictions owing to Covid-19 prevent us from doing this.  However, we have put together an online exhibition here to showcase their wonderfully creative work.  We hope you enjoy it.

GCSE photography with Mrs McHale

GCSE Art with Ms Inscoe

GCSE Art with Ms Whitfield

A Level Art


Click on the videos below to see how these A level pieces were developed:





Subject Documents Date  
The Misbourne Curriculum Map Art Design 06th Sep 2021 Download