Key Stage 3 

Topics Covered

​Year 7

​Year 8

​Year 9 

​Architecture​Objects and Viewpoints​African Masks

Circus and Movement

​Shared View​Life Events
​Independent Project


As you may be aware, in 2013 the Department for Education announced the scrapping of National Curriculum Levels for Years 7, 8 and 9. Schools were tasked with developing their own models of assessment. Whilst as a school we had reservations about the immediacy of this change, we have welcomed the opportunity to develop a more robust form of assessment which, we hope, provides students and yourselves with a clearer indication of their progress. Previously, students were given a numerical score, or level. In isolation this provided very little feedback to parents, or indeed the students themselves. A 'Level 5’, for example, represented a very broad range of attainment. Nor did a numerical score indicate whether it was a disappointing result for an individual or an outstanding achievement. We also recognise that labelling students with arbitrary grades or numerical levels has the potential to inhibit students’ potential both in school and the future.
Each subject area has spent time developing clear attainment criteria for Years 7, 8 and 9, focussed on the key knowledge, understanding and skills which students require as a foundation for their GCSEs in Years 10 and 11. These criteria are currently divided into four bands, Foundation, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced. 

Assessment Grid


Year 8 go to the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Natural History Museum at Oxford. 

Examples of Key Stage 3 Artwork



Year 8 Sketchbook Stage 3/KS3-Yr-8-sketchbook.jpgYear 8 Sketchbook
Year 9 Sketchbook Stage 3/KS3-Yr-9-sketchbook.jpgYear 9 Sketchbook
Year 7 Secret Postcard Winner,-topic-drawing_jpg.jpg Stage 3/Yr-7-Secret-Postcard-Exhibition-winner,-topic-drawing.jpgYear 7 Secret Postcard Winner
Year 7 Secret Postcard Winner,-topic-drawing_jpg.jpg Stage 3/Yr-7-Secret-Postcard-Exhibition-winner2,-topic-drawing.jpgYear 7 Secret Postcard Winner
Year 8 Drawing Stage 3/KS3-Yr-8-drawing.jpgYear 8 Drawing


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)


​Course Codes

​Exam Board


​AQA Fine Art 8202

​Fine Art

​AQA Photography 8206



Year 10 Art and Photography Trip

Year 11 Art and Photography Trip 

Examples of GCSE Artwork



GCSE Art Sketchbook - Animals,-Animals_jpg.jpg Gallery/GCSE-sketchbook,-Animals.jpgGCSE Art Sketchbook - Animals
Year 11 Natural Forms Gallery/Yr-11-natural-forms.jpgYear 11 Natural Forms
Year 10 Photography Gallery/Yr-10-Photography-(1).jpgYear 10 Photography
Year 10 Photography Gallery/Yr-10-Photography-(2).jpgYear 10 Photography

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)


​Course Codes

​Exam Board

​​A level

AQA Fine Art 7202

 Art and Design

​AQA Textiles 7204

​AQA Photography 7206

​AQA Graphics 7203

​AQA 3D 7205


Two Sixth Form Art trips

Examples of A Level Artwork



A Level Ceramics Level/A-Level-ceramics.jpgA Level Ceramics
A Level Structure Level/A-Level-structure.jpgA Level Structure
A Level Mountains Painting Level/A-Level--mountains-painting.jpgA Level Mountains Painting
A Level Exhibition 2017 (4) Level Exhibition 2017 (4).JPGA Level Exhibition 2017 (4)
A Level Art Exhibition 2016 Level Art Exhibition 2016
A Level Art Exhibition Level Exhibition 2017 (4).JPGA Level Art Exhibition


Supporting Your Child in Art

BBC Bitesize

Hauser and Wirth Somerset

Messums Wiltshire


National Gallery

New Art Centre Salisbury

Photographyer's Gallery

The Tate