Curriculum Intent

Within the Art and Photography department, we aim to offer the opportunity to explore a variety of art forms and processes in depth with a structure which supports and encourages all pupils. We aim to enable pupils to develop the ability to think and act creatively, learning and developing skills and knowledge appropriate to each assessment objective.

Pupils are encouraged to develop the practical and perceptual skills they need in all areas of Art and Photography.

Programmes of Study

Key Stage 3- Years 7 and 8 (Art and Design)

Key Stage 3 is focused on developing skills and understanding through the formal elements of art; these are incorporated in to different themes in Years 7 and 8 which allow students to explore a range of materials, techniques and creative activities. Themes studied range from; natural forms, mythical creatures, illuminated letters, mask, movement & portrait. Relevant areas of Art History are studied within each project, allowing students to experience the work of a variety of artists from different genres; these are used as the inspiration for students’ own work. There is a strong emphasis on engaging with the work of other artists and for students to develop their critical analysis skills alongside their practical work.

Key Stage 4- Years 9, 10 and 11 (Fine Art and Photography)

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature. There are seven endorsements that make up the GCSE Art and design specification. Here at Parklands we offer two of these, Fine Art and Photography.

This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Art and Photography Exhibition 2019



Apply a variety of problem-solving strategies. Art requires much thought. You will be learning many ways to approach art-making. Some will involve writing your ideas; some will involve rough drafts; some will involve working spontaneously and experimentally; some will involve receiving and evaluating feedback from peers. Show both written and verbal communication by sharing your ideas with the class and discussing the work of others. You will be expected to use the vocabulary of art (including reference to the formal elements such as line, shape and tone in a way that demonstrated informed, critical decision-making. Demonstrate self-control and respect for all individuals. Speak honestly and respectfully to your classmates and respect their voice and their opinions in discussions and group critiques. Exhibit responsible citizenship.  Be responsible for your tools and your workspace; assist your classmates when needed; consider how you can reach out to the rest of the school and your community with your art. Complete regular homework tasks to the best of your ability.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams taken

All students will study the Board and Exam AQA GCSE Art & Design (Fine Art and Photography Endorsements)specification.

The Course;

Students will complete 2 Units of work over the 3 year course.

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work - 60% of the total marks. Marked out of 96. This will include work completed throughout the 2 years of study.

Unit 2: Externally Set Task - 40% of the total marks. Marked out of 96. Set by the AQA exam board. Candidates respond to their chosen theme from the exam paper.

Students are assessed using the assessment objectives below. Each assessment objective is marked out of 24 marks (96 in total).

Assessment Objectives:;

AO1: Develop your ideas through investigations informed by contextual & other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding;

AO2: Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, and techniques;

AO3: Record ideas, observations & insights relevant to your intentions in visual and/or other forms;

AO4: Present a personal, informed & meaningful response demonstrating analytical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Staff list

Mr G Wood - Curriculum Leader Art and Photography

Mrs C Batson - Assistant Head Teacher

Mr S Flynn - Teacher of Art and Photography

Extra Curricular Activities

Lunch time Art club is held every Tuesday and Thursday in E11 for Key Stage 4.

Lunch time Art club is held every Wednesday in E11 for Key Stage 3.

After school Art and Photography is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in all Art and Photographic rooms.

Careers leading on from Art

How parents can support their children

Key Stage 3 Students are all expected to receive homework every fortnight. Students are given a structure and timeline to work to. They will be given regular deadlines to meet and should use class time and homework time to complete all the set tasks in the given time.  

Key Stage 4 students are expected to do an additional 2 hours per week outside of the classroom. Parents could familiarise themselves and their child with published deadlines using the ‘My homework app’ on the school website, and ensure that these are consistently met. Parents should try to ensure that a quiet place is available for homework to be completed without distraction and that their child produces the best work that they are capable of. Parents should contact their child’s Art or Photography teacher with any concerns via school email.

Parents can also support their child's progress by providing Art and Photographic materials at home. If students choose Photography at GCSE then they are all expected to have their own digital camera, USB stick and SIM card. It would be very beneficial for Fine Art students to have good quality materials to use at home such as a range of drawing pencils, a good set of watercolour paints and IT resources to access, artist links, homework and regular formative assessment from their teacher.

Learning Challenge 'Big Art' 2019

Etching Workshop 2019

Students from Mr Wood's year 9 GCSE art class took part in an etching workshop at Newman college on Tuesday 25th June. Students had the opportunity to push their creative skills by learning  a new art process. All students were fully engaged and loved the experience. 

Parklands Art Exhibition 2017-18

Parklands Art Learning Challenge week 2017-18