Art and Design at Uffculme School is interesting, fun and enjoyable.

All students study Art and Design in Key Stage 3. We encourage development of ideas and problem solving, both essential life skills, as well as encouraging students to appreciate things aesthetically and developing their technical skills. Students are given the opportunity to work in a range of different media, from computer generated art to sculpting in clay as well as more traditional drawing and painting skills. At Uffculme School, we use sketchbooks to document the creative process and encourage reflection upon this. Students are encouraged to take creative risks and have fun exploring their ideas.

The Art GCSE is an optional course suitable for any student who has enthusiasm and commitment.  Skill levels may vary, but a positive attitude to improvement and learning is very important. This course will include preparation and sketchbook work, research, drawing and development of idea. Students will use a variety of different media and the use of artists to create ambitious final pieces.

Art and Design is all about ideas and self-expression. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and they are the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy. They contribute over £115bn to the UK economy and account for 10% of Gross Domestic Product, making them Britain’s leading industries. Britain has Europe’s largest architecture industry and the world’s third largest advertising industry. These areas, together with fine art, crafts, design, fashion, film, computer games, publishing and TV represent over 2 million jobs.   

Many of our ex-students now work in industries such as architecture, car design, animation, graphic and interior design - we even have a few ex-students who are artists too.

If you would like to see some of the work produced by our talented students, please visit the Art Department Online Gallery (click on the link to view).

Curriculum and Qualifications

Key Stage 3
Year 7

In Year 7, students are encouraged to have fun with a wide variety of skills and techniques using Art as a means to investigate and experiment. The aim of the year is to assist the students in their Art appreciation and to encourage them to learn new techniques, or build upon existing skills. Students will work on an Induction Project throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms to develop their skills in different techniques. These link in with the Assessment Objectives used throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 to develop investigation, experimentation, recording and personal responses.  During the project, students are introduced to the Visual Elements: Line, Shape, Colour, Pattern, Form, Tone and Texture. 

Year 8

The Year 8 Art and Design curriculum is designed to develop experiences and to build upon the basic skills developed in Year 7.  More independent work is encouraged and the students are able to take more creative risks. They will still use their sketchbook to document learning but will be encouraged to be more experimental with their approach. Emphasis is placed upon reviewing their learning and documenting their developments, both in visual and written forms. Throughout the year, students will be introduced to the individual components or Assessment Objectives. They will be encouraged to reflect upon their relative strengths in each area and also consider areas that may need development. They will be expected to focus upon improving these whilst still excelling in their favourite areas. Work is generally larger and more expansive with new or unfamiliar media used. The students will work on at least 2 projects throughout the year, but a variety of techniques are introduced that may be unfamiliar and will help to build skills and experience. This means that the students are beginning to reflect upon the type of artist that they would like to be and identify their areas of strength. By the end of Year 8, students should have more understanding of different media and be able to be more selective when creating individual art.

Year 9

The Year 9 Art and Design Curriculum is reflective and designed to challenge students with ideas and concepts. Students are expected to be much more independent and to justify their selections when creating Art. Again, students use a sketchbook to document their learning, but more extensive use of folders and multimedia are encouraged. We use the Assessment Objectives extensively throughout Year 9 and build upon practise just as a GCSE student would. All students will work with independence and growing control to build exciting and individual work. If a student does not choose GCSE Art in Year 10, then skills such as time management, planning, visual literacy and problem solving can all be used in further areas of study or general life. For their first project in this year, students study an artist who excites them: they investigate the artist and then create an independent work from their investigations. This can be of any size, scale and media and students are encouraged to develop their work to full potential. The aim is for students to be able to identify their favourite media and to become more confident artists in their chosen practice. The second project will be in the style of a GCSE coursework piece. Students will be able to develop their skills in a variety of different techniques, from printing and painting to ceramics. This project will provide them with the opportunity to build key skills for GCSE Art and Design (if they have chosen it) or to gain valuable design and planning skills for the future. By the end of Year 9, students will be adept artists who can discuss imagery and create work independently. The work that they produce should be a culmination of their developing skills, as well as a lot of fun.

The Assessment Objectives (AOs) used throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 are:
  • AO1: Investigation
  • AO2: Experimentation
  • AO3: Recording
  • AO4: Personal Responses
Key Stage 4

In KS4, we follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design course which allows students to work in a wide range of media from paint to clay, textiles to photography and computer art. We encourage students to develop their experience in a range of skills, organising it in a work journal and creating unique final pieces in a chosen media. Students must have a love and passion for Art and Design, be self-motivated and be prepared to work at school and at home, as commitment beyond timetabled lessons is needed.  Success is down to a well-balanced course, good teaching and above all the effort and commitment students put in. Many students go on to study Art at a higher level. Those who do not study Art beyond GCSE, find the subject has built their self-confidence and allowed them to be creative and develop their visual awareness.

Students can choose to study either Art and Design or specialise in Textiles for their GCSE.

A link to the AQA Art and Design specification can be found here.

Homework/Independent Learning

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) 
  • In Art and Design, homework will be set when required. 
  • Most tasks set will typically take about 20-30 minutes to complete.
  • There will be some extended tasks set which will require students to plan work over a longer period of time to meet a deadline. 
  • Students will be encouraged to complete work not finished in lessons.
  • We encourage students to do optional tasks each week to assist with their development.
Key Stage 4
  • The purpose of homework will be to consolidate class based work, demonstrate learning, conduct independent research type tasks, development of key skills etc.
  • In Art and Design, where extended coursework tasks form part of the final assessment, students will be expected to undertake part of this work outside of the classroom. Interim deadlines will usually be set for these tasks and students will be expected to closely adhere to these.
  • Extra work should take between 1 – 2 hours per week.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

All students are encouraged to visit Art galleries and museums to extend their learning and understanding.

We organise opportunities to extend students’ learning and help them to gain new experiences. Recent trips have been to London for the Tate galleries with our Key Stage 4 students and Falmouth University with the Textiles students. We also invite local artists to visit to give more understanding of working practices.

We have a very successful ArtsAward club in KS4 that encourages students to develop their skills and gain extra qualifications (Bronze or Silver ArtsAward).

We also have an “open house” policy. Art rooms should be a place of exploration and fun. Students can use our 3 well equipped art rooms to create work and develop their imagination.

If you require further information about the Art curriculum at KS3 or KS4, please contact Mr Bertram, Head of Art, on