Welcome to the Art page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

The Art Department aims to develop the pupil's knowledge, skills and understanding of art in a historical and cultural context. There are a number of key concepts in the National Curriculum that underpin the study of art, craft and design. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.

The key concepts are:

  • Creativity - Pupils produce imaginative images, artefacts and other outcomes that are both original and of value.
  • Competence - Investigating, analysing, designing, making, reflecting and evaluating effectively.
  • Cultural Understanding - Pupils will engage with a range of images and artefacts from different contexts, recognising the varied characteristics.
  • Critical Understanding - Pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their own and others' work.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

In year 7 and 8, students study Art for one lesson a week by specialist staff. Students study a range of termly projects covering a range styles and processes.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

Pupils will focus on improving their drawing and painting skills within their projects. In the current projects, pupils will focus on observational drawing and the use of water colour paints.

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupil’s sketchbooks and homework will be assessed regularly – self, peer and teacher, larger pieces of coursework will also be verbally assessed regularly with a formal assessment at completion of the project.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Year 9, 10 and 11 option groups have two or three Art lessons a week. Termly projects are taught covering a wide range of artistic styles and process with an emphasis on independent learning. We specialise in “Fine Art”, which includes drawing, painting, photography and other creative disciplines

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme
Year 10 will now focus on improving their drawing and painting skills. They will be able to upskill quickly with a series of short focus drawing and painting tasks relating to Assessment Objective 1, Artist Studies.
Year 11 will be focusing on producing an in depth coursework project. This will enable them to show skill in a variety of drawing and painting techniques. The project will ensure that pupils cover the requirements of the four Assessment Objectives that they will be graded on.

Key Stage 4: 2020 – Changes to content (where applicable)  
Year 11 will not sit an external exam this year. (Previously this formed 40% of the GCSE grade)
The GCSE is now being assessed on the Year 10 &11 Coursework.
The Assessment Objectives remain the same.
AO1 Artist Studies
AO2 Experimentation of Ideas
AO3 Observational Drawing
AO4 Final piece
The year 10 and 11 Coursework covers all four of these Assessment Objectives on which pupils will be marked.

How will our pupils be assessed?

2020-2021 the final grade is made up of 100% coursework. All work is internally assessed and then moderated by an examiner.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

4+ “standard” pass
5+ “strong” pass

What can it lead to?

Studying Art is very important for developing imaginative and creative minds. It is also necessary for the following careers:

  • Product Design
  • Architecture
  • Printmakers
  • Photography
  • Fashion Design
  • Jewellery Design
  • Web Design
  • Special Effects Make-Up Artists
  • Animators

Accommodation & Resources

All Art lessons are taught by specialist teachers, in 2 well equipped classrooms. Both rooms have interactive whiteboards and one classroom is equipped with 15 computers. Pupils also have access to iPads and ICT rooms which can be booked by staff


Art is a very popular subject at Healing and many students have gone on to study Art at both A level and degree level.