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All Year 10  Art students will be set personalised tasks by their teacher  via email as they are working on individual coursework projects

Curriculum Area and Curriculum Lead(s)

Art and Design

Mrs. R Meredith

Curriculum Area vision and general information about the CA e.g. successes and strengths

Vision and Values

Here at The Hereford Academy we have a high achieving and inspirational Art department. Our purpose built Art rooms provide dedicated teaching space for a variety of specialisms and boast a range of expert facilities to enrich our curriculum offer.

 We believe in creativity and personal expression nurtured alongside a fundamental grounding in key skills in the formal elements of art, and knowledge of contextual and cultural awareness. As a department we are caring, enthusiastic and energetic in our teaching style and seek to develop not only artistic skill but also vision, understanding and most importantly, enjoyment.

 As an Art, Design and Photography department we seek to motivate the pupils, the school and the wider community through our work and we strongly believe that the arts enrich the quality of our experiences, providing rewarding activities that inspire, inform, stimulate, challenge and entertain. We are keen to develop community links and promote careers in the arts.

We believe that participation in the arts helps to foster a positive attitude among students by developing a wide range of qualities such as cooperation, enthusiasm, passion, inspiration, resolve and ambition. We also aim to help students obtain a sense of belonging where ideas and personal interests are valued, as well as building the self-confidence they need in the journey towards higher education and employment.


KS3 provision summary e.g. topics covered, links to SOW/overviews and homework

KS3 Milestones

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

KS4 provision summary e.g. topics covered, links to SOW/overviews and homework

OCR GCSE Art, Craft and Design

Portfolio project (60% of mark)

The work for the Portfolio is completed over four terms. All students focus on a personal theme, chosen by themselves. Students consider different approaches to this theme and are encouraged to work with a wide range of media whilst developing their own personal style.

Students’ work may be a combination of 2D, 3D, photography, mixed media or textiles. This type of course will give you the opportunity to experiment with materials and try different approaches in your art work. You will learn new skills and develop further the skills you already have already learned. You will be encouraged to work independently in developing your work- we want you to be creative and explore your own thoughts and ideas!

Looking at the work of different artists is a very important part of this course. We consider many different types of art work such as sculptural pieces, print-making art, drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces.

Work for the portfolio must be completed by the end of the Autumn term of Year 11.

Exam project (40% of mark)

At the start of the Spring term in Year 11, students are given details of the Externally Set Task which is set by the examining board (OCR). The examining board provides a list of interesting and diverse themes for students to choose from. This will be your starting point for your art work. You will then explore ideas and consider ways in which to develop your theme using the materials of your choice, experimenting and using the work of other artists to inspire you. All of this preparation work will lead you towards a final outcome which is the piece of work created under examination conditions (10 hours).

We also offer AQA GCSE Photography, which is taught in the same way as Art, Craft and Design, but covers digital photography, photo editing and mixed media.

KS5 provision if relevant

BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design- Photography


Mrs. R. Meredith – Head of Department

Miss H. Wigmore- Teacher of Art


Extra-curricular activities

After school Photography Club- Wednesday F35

We offer various evening and holiday workshops for year 11 students boost coursework projects and prepare for exams

Exam information and any revision support

OCR Art and Design specification

Useful websites:

Pinterest (for finding new artists to link to work)

Youtube (tutorials for art techniques and exemplar student portfolios)

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