86% of pupils achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE Art this year.

(GCSE Art results 2019)

‘Creativity takes courage.’ – Henri Matisse

Students will experience a rich and diverse curriculum exploring artists from a wide spectrum, channelling their creative minds through exploration of a variety of materials, techniques and processes.


Miss C French – Second in Creative Arts

Mr J Bennett – Art Teacher



Pupils follow a rotation at Key Stage 3 and are assessed throughout with continual verbal feedback at mid-point for Year 7 and 8 and at the end of the rotation for Year 9, allowing time for students to reflect and modify before moving on.

Work is marked in a similar format to GCSE art in order to make students familiar with the areas of assessment:

  • Develop
  • Explore
  • Record
  • Present


Students study the OCR GCSE course.  This consists of two components: a portfolio body of work which is worth 60% of the final grade, which is started in Year 10 and completed in the December of year 11.  Students begin the Set Task in the January of Year 11 and complete the course at Easter that academic year.

This follows the same procedure as the portfolio, creating work for components A01, A02, A03.  The exam is 10 hours and is completed over two school days where students produce a final outcome for their project.

Students will be provided with ongoing feedback throughout the duration of the course. Students receive written feedback in a reflection book, which is a formal way of documenting and recording evidence of student progress.

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