General Introduction

The Art Department offers a wide experience of media and processes across all age groups and aims to nurture and stimulate creativity; to develop inventive, resourceful minds that have the potential to achieve excellence at every level and to have a sense of pride in their achievements

At Stowmarket High School we encourage pupils to:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and other art, craft and design techniques
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • evaluate and analyse creative works and their own work, using the language of art, craft and design 

In Art, pupils will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. 
They will learn to develop a critical understanding of artists, craftspeople and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

In class pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas 
  • to use a range of techniques, processes and media 
  • to improve their dexterity and their proficiency in the handling of different materials 
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day. 
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work

Literacy in Art & Design

  • Students will learn key terminology used in Art & Design
  • Students will be encouraged to develop their communication skills by participating in discussions
  • Students will present written work neatly and in using full sentences with correct SPAG.
  • Students will need to follow both verbal and written instructions. 
  • Students will be required to produce work using both written and word processed methods.

Numeracy in Art & Design

  • Students will learn about the numerical processes in Art & Design such as accurate measuring and numerical systems in the processes and with the equipment they use such as rulers, tape measures, proportion, scaling up, estimation, camera settings, etc

Key Stage 4

The KS4 course leads on from the strong foundations developed throughout KS3

The GCSE specification aims to develop:

  • creative and imaginative ability and the practical skills for engaging with and for communicating and expressing original ideas, feelings and meanings in art, craft and design
  • investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence
  • cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design and of the media and technologies used in different times, contexts and societies
  • personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment

The Edexcel GCSE in Art and Design is comprised of two units:

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art and Design

The theme(s) for the personal portfolio is selected and developed by teachers
We select any theme(s) appropriate to our students and resources
The theme(s) may each have a separate focus or be interconnected
Work includes supporting studies and final personal response(s)

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design

The externally set assignment (ESA) represents the culmination of the GCSE course, the assignment consists of one externally set, broad based thematic starting point
We have a preparatory period of study prior to the 10 hours of sustained focus; internal exam
Work includes supporting studies and final personal response(s)


Unit 1 is internally set and assessed; Unit 2 is externally set and internally assessed, both using the given Assessment Objectives

Assessment Objectives for GCSE are equally weighted:

AO 1: develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding 25%
AO 2: refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources,
media, materials, techniques and processes 25%
AO 3: record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms 25%
AO 4: present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements 25%


An exhibition of GCSE work is displayed at the end of the course for moderation purposes and also to publically celebrate the successes of our pupils