During Key Stage 3 students work on a range of teacher facilitated projects which are designed to develop their foundation art skills. The aim throughout is to provide opportunities for students to develop their self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and self-expression. There is an emphasis on self-help and independent work skills, which enable students to develop creativity, experimentation skills and practices at their own pace in a safe and supported environment. All students are empowered to develop artwork relating to the own interests and hobbies and an end of term short project reinforces independent working and resilience.

All students are empowered to develop artwork relating to the own interests and hobbies and an end of term short project reinforces independent working and resilience.

The projects include a range of inspirational starting points, media, techniques and processes through the use of demonstration, experimentation, risk taking, gallery visits and opportunities to work with other artists. Students will be involved in a range of activities including drawing, annotation, printing, 3D modeling, ceramic, enamel, painting, textiles and photography, with a focus on process as well as outcome. In order to provide equal opportunities for all students learning objectives are differentiated, flexible starting points and scaffolding are used along with one to one support for low access students. Extension activities and challenging learning objectives reinforce and promote higher level thinking and develop creativity and independence for those high challenge students.

The Art Department at Windlestone School supports the delivery of British Values by studying the diverse and different histories and cultures from around the world, looking at democracy, and society both locally and in the wider community, through shared artwork and artistic movements. Students explore religious and ethnic art, including but not exclusively Aboriginal, African, Islamic and Native American Indian craft movements. Students are encouraged to consider the differences between these cultures and through discussion and exploration they look at how they have been incorporated into a diverse British society and culture, by using examples of fashion, merchandising, graffiti, tattoo art and architecture. Lessons are planned to encourage mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In Art lessons students are given the opportunity to consider the Rule of Law, considering justice and living in a just and fair society, by looking at artwork that challenges and inspires discussion.


In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to choose Art, Craft and Design as a GCSE subject. The course follows a skills-based approach with projects designed to inspire and motivate independent working, with a focus on developing their knowledge, understanding and skills of art, craft and design based media. The course promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources, with an aim of generating different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. Students will visit galleries and work alongside other artists.

The course is made up of 2 components.

Component 1: Portfolio must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the titles below, taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art, craft and design.

Component 2: Externally set Assignment, must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the titles below:

Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile design, Three-dimensional design or Photography.

Throughout the course students are given one to one support when required for low access students, including literacy and scaffolding to help generate ideas and develop skills and confidence. High challenge students are encouraged to set personal targets, milestones and deadlines, in addition to developing skills, knowledge and understanding through independent exploration and discovery.

AQA is the exam board used for both the full and short course GCSE.