Subject: Art and Design


Every student is an artist. The art curriculum at Archbishop Temple Church of England School aims to seek out and nurture this within each individual. Students' creativity is encouraged in a safe and supportive environment that allows students to take creative risks as they explore art and design.

Our aim is to inspire, challenge and motivate students, no matter what their level of ability, through a range of inspiring and compelling topics. Student’s creativity will be developed, alongside securing knowledge and developing their proficiency of controlling art materials, techniques and processes. They will be introduced to artists both past and present, and will be made aware of the importance of art to society. 



The KS3 curriculum aims to ensure students establish a secure knowledge of the key concepts of art and design; the visual elements and principles of design, alongside being proficient at controlling a range of techniques and media.

Drawing is prioritised and is embedded within each topic throughout KS3. Being competent and confident at this skill is fundamental in being able to effectively communicate ourselves visually through our artworks. Students are taught the traditional drawing methods of observational drawing and using the grid method to accurately draw from a printed image, as well as other drawing techniques which are introduced throughout key stage 3 such as tracing methods, drawing with paint, embossing and using a stylus and tablet to draw digitally.


Programmes of Study

Year 7

The topics studied throughout year 7 aim to engage students with art and design. Drawing and painting are prioritised and students will gain an emerging knowledge of these mediums whilst also being introduced to other media, materials and techniques.

Each topic is themed introduces students to historical and modern-day artists, art styles and major movements.

Year 8

The knowledge and skills learnt in year 7 are developed and built upon in year 8. Students use this knowledge as a foundation to help them explore drawing and painting in more depth and to further control other media, techniques and processes. Students will continue to explore historical and modern-day artists, art styles and major movements

Year 9

The topics in year 9 aim to refine students existing knowledge through complex and challenging topics.

Click here to view the Year 9 Options information for Art. 

Year 10

Students embark on a series of short, workshop style lessons to review and further develop learning from KS3. Students use this knowledge to support a sustained project which evidences a journey from their initial engagement of a starting point to the realisation of intentions through sustained investigations of media, materials and processes and contextual studies. This portfolio of work is a non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school/college and moderated by the exam board on completion of the course.

Year 11

Students complete their sustained topic before beginning their externally set assignment. Students respond to their chosen starting point, from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives. This preparatory period is followed by 10 hours of supervised time. The externally set assignment is a non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school/college and moderated by the exam board on completion of the course.



Marking and Assessment

Verbal feedback is regular throughout lessons. Key concept knowledge and proficiency of handling materials, processes and techniques is formatively assessed at intervals throughout each topic. Students are provided with time in lessons to develop work based on this feedback. Students complete a summative assessment at the end of each topic which is used to measure learning over time.


Year 10 – I day Mock examination – 5 hours Summer term

Year 11 – 2 day Mock examination – 10 hours Autumn Term

Year 11 – 2 day Final examination – 10 hours Summer term.

Note : The exams in art are purely practical and all of the preparation takes place in sketchbooks ahead of the exam itself. There is no written paper.

Careers and Progression

The GCSE course is purposely broad-based enabling students to go on to study a range of Art and Design-based courses at College. Previous students have gone on to further study and careers in Fashion and Textile design, Photography, Graphic design, Fine Art and Architecture.

Note:  Cardinal Newman College and Runshaw College currently require a GCSE Art and Design for entry onto other creative courses at A level.  To take A level Textiles for example, students would need a qualification in both subjects.

Staff Details

Ms H Murphy (Head of Art) 

Art and Design 5 year Curriculum Plan



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