“Being creative is a positive act – an act of “putting out there”, of belief, of confidence. Creators are contributors. Creative people excite and feed other people. Creative people reflect and create diversity and richness. They help build a sense of identity and a lasting legacy”-
Paul Briggs, Access Art


Art and Design at The Westleigh School is an inspiring, practical subject within which all pupils are provided with a wide range of engaging and challenging experiences. This significant breadth of creative opportunity is linked to many aspects of Art, Craft and Design practice. Pupils will experience and develop work using drawing, painting, printmaking, 3-D sculpture, photography and digital manipulation using a broad range of medium and processes.

Within Art lessons students learn to develop their creative making/technical skills alongside their ability to analyse, critique and evaluate work through individual and collaborative projects in an environment which fosters individuality, creativity and imagination. Projects link to a wealth of different traditional and contemporary artists and practices and are inspired by cultures, movements, people and places.

Lunchtime and after school sessions are heavily subscribed; particularly with GCSE students who enjoy additional access to facilities to develop their coursework.

Key Stage 3

Art is a popular subject in the school and helps to make sense of an increasingly visual world. Over the 3 years of Key Stage 3, pupils will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Art in a wide variety of media. They will be taught some of the basics of drawing, colour, line, shape, pattern and form in Year 7 and then continue to extend and improve those skills and knowledge throughout Year 8 and 9.

Project themes include ‘Natural Forms’, ‘Graffiti and Street Art’, ‘Everyday Objects’, ‘Portraits’, ‘British Culture’, ‘Hundertwasser houses’, ‘Pattern’, ‘Aboriginal Art’.

Key Stage 4

The themes ‘Food’, ‘People’ and ‘Other Cultures’ will form the basis of 3 major projects across Key Stage 4. During these projects students will be lead in initial exploration but then will be supported in pursuing their own, independent investigation of the theme driven by their own curiosity and directed by their creative strengths.

How is GCSE Art and Design assessed?

Component 1 – Portfolio (60%) : The portfolio is made up of all sketchbook work and final pieces. The sketchbook is an essential part of coursework as it allows you to explore and evidence your research and analysis of artists and cultures, experiments with a range of materials and processes and develop of ideas. Final pieces will be based on sketchbook work and should be high quality, personal responses.

Component 2 – Controlled Assessment (40%) : The ‘Externally Set Assignment’ begins in January of Year 11. Pupils will select and respond to a starting point provided by the examining body.  There is a period of preparation time to research and explore the chosen theme before exploring final compositions and ideas. This preparatory period is then followed by 10 hours of supervised exam time in which students will conclude their project and produce a final outcome



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