Sir James Smith's Community School

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Art & Design 

How could you communicate across the globe? Only one language will do: Visual. Art and Design will teach you how to become a skilled visual communicator. 

Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7 to 9 we build a foundation of key artistic skills.  We base all projects on a group or individual artist.  Students have the opportunity to develop both their understanding about art and how to produce their own art.  The materials and techniques we use are varied including drawing and painting right through to 3d design and sculpture.  Assessments are based on a development system, peer assessment and group feedback is something we use on most major pieces of work.  Success criteria and improvement time is used on each piece of work, something we feel really aids in further development of skills.   Skills learnt in Art can be applied to other subjects and also leave a good foundation to the Art GCSE.

Key Stage 4

The course consists of mainly practical work with some historical and critical research work. The coursework contributes 60% of the final marks and the final examination piece 40%. You will do three major projects during the course, which will consist of observational drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, graphics, sculpture and research looking at the work of other artists, craft workers and designers.

During Year 10 you will have the opportunity to try some of the following: drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and graphics. Practical art work forms the majority of the course and you also study the work of other artists, craft workers and designers. During Year 11 you may choose to specialise in one subject area.

Please click here to see the information in the Curriculum Handbook


  • The creative sector is the fastest growth in jobs in the UK.
  • Over 100,000 people in Britain work in careers associated with Art and Design
    eg; architecture, fashion, photography, ceramics, graphics, theatre and costume design, art therapy, jewellery, product design, etc.
  • British artists, craft workers and designers have an international reputation and are frequently employed abroad
  • Artists are usually self employed running their own businesses which are often established with the help of grants.
  • Many people who study art go on to work in display design in shops, galleries, museums, libraries and exhibition centres.
  • A large number of people work on product design in British industries.
  • Many thousands of art graduates work in the media industry, film, television, video and photography.


Art is the first Exam and first subject to submit coursework.

Year 11 GCSE Exam Paper (40% of overall grade)

Year 11 GCSE Art marking sheet

Please see below a collection of GCSE Worksheet examples:

 GCSE sketchbook examples and TIPS

To see some ideas on how to produce good sketchbook pages using a range of media and techniques, please click here.

Art Gallery below: