In art at Cloughwood Academy, we know we can make a significant difference in the lives of our learners. We are striving to provide a broad range of stimulating projects and good quality teaching in art. Our projects and contextual links are current with developments in worldwide arts and delivered with the best resources we can provide.

The art curriculum encourages students to experience, experiment with and use colour, form, shape, texture and pattern. Students are encouraged to widen perspectives, raise expectations and are shown that through the success of other students’ artwork aspirations can be realised. The curriculum is specifically planned to allow for individual targets so that all students can fulfil their potential. The curriculum is also planned to address spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The art department organises regular artist workshops from artists including Ian Murphy who has completed several exciting workshops within Cloughwood Academy.


How does the intent of the art curriculum link to the schools overall aims?

‘To develop skills to become socially, emotionally and mentally resilient.’ 

In art much of the year 7 scheme of work is linked to learning to refine and improve work and to learn that through having the resilience to act on constructive feedback from both from peers and staff great works of art can be created. The skill of refining and improving work is built upon throughout the years until pupils are able to produce highly personal and creative responses to a theme. Through the rigour of the process of refining and improving and building upon strengths pupils develop strength of character.

‘To provide access to the best and most innovative learning experiences.’ 

Students have access to the best resources for drawing, painting and both intaglio and relief printmaking. We try out processes and practices that challenge pupils ideas of what art is and have regular access to visiting artists.

‘To develop their creativity and ability to express themselves confidently.’

 Creativity is developed through encouraging the development of ideas based on a wide range of starting points. Through the study of great creative minds students learn what can be possible by being able to think confidently and independently.

‘To try to be your best possible self.’

 Students are proud of their achievements in art and work is celebrated through displays all around the school. In addition to this  I am proud to say that in 2019 all pupils who sat the final exam in art managed to achieve on or above their FFT in the subject, those students then went on in year 11 to take part in a independent learning programme, many prior pupils have chosen work experience and college courses linked to art and design.

Art department intent.

At Cloughwood Academy, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative thinking skills. Our Art curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to develop skills using a range of media and materials including drawing, painting, relief and intaglio printing, collage, textiles and 3D. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. We provide an environment that enables every individual, regardless of ability, to develop their abilities and talents within Art. Pupils will be introduced the key words of art and design. There is emphasis on using art as a medium to express emotion to enhance their social and emotional development. Pupils are taught to be reflective and evaluate their work, and to widen perspectives, raise expectations and show through their own and the success of other students’ art work that aspirations can be realised.


In key stage 4 all pupils follow the AQA full course Fine Art GCSE.

In this course pupils must meet the 4 assessment objectives as equally as possible:

  • AO1 developing
  • AO2 experimenting
  • AO3 recording
  • AO4 presenting

The GCSE in fine art encourages students to actively engage in the creative process of art and design in order to develop as effective and independent learners with critical thinking skills. This is done through an extended project on the theme of architecture which builds up towards pupils developing a meaningful and personal response. Pupils are taught to become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques. Pupils learn the skills necessary to develop and refine ideas and techniques with increasing independence. Pupils also develop knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Through working on the extended GCSE topic pupils develop self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline, commitment.


Arts policy 2018-2020