Subject: Art

Head of Subject: Mr J Whitehead


To give every student the opportunity to be the best creative and imaginative artist they can, able to express themselves and appreciate the place of art in their world.


At Hawkley Hall High School we celebrate the place of art and design in the school curriculum and the world around us. We encourage and develop the imagination, creativity and artistic expression of all our students. we aim to provide a broad curriculum with a range of art experiences that engage, inspire and challenge students, to develop the knowledge and skills to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They make connections to other art makers from different times and cultures, expressing their opinions using subject specific vocabulary and appreciate the contribution of art and design to our culture, creativity and wealth.

Learning Journey

Art Learning Journey

Curriculum Description

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught Art in a mixed ability class and they receive 1 hour per week.. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 Art is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option and students that opt to take Art in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week in Year 10 and 2 hours a week in Year 11 and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the AQA GCSE Art, Craft & Design 8201 specification. The Art Department also offer a GCSE in Photography and Animation Students who opt for this follow the AQA GCSE Photography 8206 specification. For both qualifications students will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

Overview of the Art Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 What is Art?

Pattern and Print

Pattern and Print Animation Animation Sculpture Sculpture
8 Cubist Still Life Cubist Still Life Landscape Textiles Landscape Textiles Macro Photography/Manga Portraits Macro Photography/Manga Portraits
9 Ceramic construction Ceramic construction Optical Illusions Optical Illusions Corporate Identity Corporate Identity

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Art is 8201. Click here to view the GCSE Art specification

The specification code for GCSE Photography and Animation is 8206. Click here to view the GCSE Photography and Animation specification