GCSE Results 2022

  Art Photography Graphic Communication
9-7 11.8% 14.7% 33.3%
9-5 64.7% 61.8% 50%
9-4 85.3% 76.5% 83.3%
9-1 100% 100% 100%

2022/2023 teaching staff: Mr R Hughes, Ms A O'Leary, Mr E Medcalf, Miss J Blake and Mrs K Makey.

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Head of Faculty Mr R Hughes
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Head Creative Arts Mr R Hughes
Key Stage 3 

At Oakwood we believe that creativity is a core skill which every child should develop. The Key Stage 3 Art curriculum encourages pupils to investigate, experiment, observe, record and develop their learning into a unique personal outcome.  Students learn through practical investigation of materials and processes supported by contextual study of artists and makers from different times and cultures.  Student have one hour long lesson a week and five independent homework tasks to support each project.  Student’s work takes the form of a journal or sketchbook which students use for home and class work and a wide range of two and three dimensional final outcomes.

In Year 7 we focus on the formal elements of Art, Craft and Design.  These are the building blocks which your child will use to create an image or object and also the qualities that we ask them to analyse when discussing their own and others work.

In Year 8 we build on this foundation by introducing images and artefacts from other cultures and range of different materials, techniques and process.  Your child will be encouraged to experiment and explore the huge variety of human creativity throughout time and around the world using it as inspiration for their own unique outcomes.

In Year 9 we begin to prepare your child for how they might use and understand visual language in real world settings.  We introduce art movements and discuss the importance of the context and purpose of an artwork or image. Students are introduced to some of the many careers they could have in the creative industries and the GCSE courses which we offer in Year 10 and 11.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7

Formal Elements - Line, Tone and Texture.

Observational Drawing
Formal Elements- Shape, Form, Composition.

Formal Elements - Colour

Year 8

Animal Symbols
Art from cultures around the world. Pattern.
Stencilling, alternative painting techniques.

Masks from different cultures.
Printmaking or three dimensional work

The Figure
New technologies.
Drawing or animation.

Year 9

Artist Pastiche
Introduction to art movements.
Drawing, collage or paint and three dimensional work.

Font Alphabet
Careers in the Visual Arts.
Typography, further art movements, 
visual culture.


Key Stage 4

We offer two different endorsements of the Edexcel GCSE Art and Design course, Art & Craft and Photography.  This allows students to specialise and select the materials and processes that suit them best.

Art & Craft focuses upon drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, relief and three dimensional work with the option to incorporate other media if the student prefers.  Photography focuses upon creative darkroom or analogue printing, digital photography, Photoshop, other forms of photographic printmaking and can be developed into other lens and screen based media.

Both endorsements are assessed in two bodies of work which are produced over the two years and presented as an exhibition.  The work is assessed by the student’s teacher and then moderated by a visiting moderator at the exhibition.

Unit 1 – Portfolio – A number of projects grouped together worth 60% of the GCSE.

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment – A single project culminating in 10 hours sustained work and worth 40% of the GCSE.

The work is structured in a similar way to Key Stage 3 in a journal which builds towards a number of final outcomes.  However students now have three lessons and an independent homework task per week.

The courses are supported by a number of trips to London galleries and guided photoshoots.

Art & Craft

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 10 Unit 1 Natural Environment Unit 1 Urban Environment Unit 1 Environment Final Outcome 
Year 11 Unit 1 Mock Externally Set Assignment Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment Final Exhibition



  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 10 Unit 1 - Introduction to Photography Unit 1 Time Project
Year 11 Unit 1 Order and Disorder Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment Final Exhibition

Exam Board Edexcel Extra-Curricular

Two Key Stage 3 afterschool clubs are run by the Art department, one in Art and one in Photography.  Key Stage 4 intervention and coursework sessions are run at lunchtime and after school.  Students regularly collaborate in school and Creative Arts events like the Whole School Production.


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