In the Art department at Garforth Academy, our ambition is to enable students to understand and navigate the visual world we live in.  We aim for students to become confident artists, able to express their ideas about the world around them. We promote decision making and problem-solving while also developing practical skills. Art and Design makes a unique contribution to school life and enhances the learning of all students. Art is for everyone, since everyone is capable of creative responses to their environment. For this reason, it is important that, throughout all key stages, students have an opportunity to be creative and to express individual thoughts, ideas and opinions in a variety of ways. We sequence work by starting with understanding the formal elements which are then applied and refined through drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and other art, craft and design techniques. In Key Stage 3, students create drawn and mixed media work, paintings, prints and ceramics. GCSE Art and Design offers an inspiring programme of study, which will challenge students to refine and develop practical art skills, understanding of visual imagery and creative thinking. Students will have three lessons per week over the duration of the two year course and the course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% final exam. Students will cover different projects per year, which will include a combination of research, recording/drawing, artist study, development and final pieces. The projects aim for students to develop a deeper understanding of Art and, as the course progresses, will require students to work within the parameters of a given topic and set of criteria but also to develop an individual style and/or direction. Students are assessed throughout the course to support and guide their development. They will receive a mixture of group critiques and individual tutorials/feedback. Students will be marked according to formal GCSE grades and formative marking. In the 6th form, the emphasis is on individual responses to set themes; students undertake a variety of assignments which help to develop critical thinking and practical skills. As the courses develop, students create highly personalised work, depending on their chosen areas of interest. Students have the use of a dedicated art studio that can be accessed at any time.

Curriculum Intent Statement 

Art and Design makes a unique contribution to school life and to the learning experience of all pupils. Art is for everyone, since everyone is capable of creative and aesthetic responses to their environment.

For this reason it is important that within a child’s overall education there is an opportunity to be creative and to express individual thoughts, ideas and opinions in a variety of ways.

Aims of Garforth Academy Art Department

  • We aim to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers from across time and cultures.
  • We aim to enable students to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work
  • We aim to develop creativity and imagination and problem solving skills through a range of challenges and activities.
  • We aim to equip students with the skills to control materials, media, techniques and processes.
  • We aim to develop confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
  • We aim to increase students’ critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.


PedagogyEnrichmentOther Principles
– Understanding and skills in utilising the formal elements of art and design.
– Skills mastery in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, clay and card construction.
-Embedding understanding of how to analyse and discuss the work of others.
– Modelling and explanations of key concepts and ideas.
– Embedding mistakes as a key art of the learning process and the need to keep and evaluate these mistakes. – Use of artists sketchbooks to demonstrate this.
– Use of D.I.R.T time to enable student to improve work.
– KS3 homework to be open ended, giving student the opportunity to express a wide range of ideas.
– KS4 and KS5 curriculum will encourage the generation of own ideas based on given starting points or themes, in addition to the continual acquisition of skills.
– The ‘What and Why’ underpin all lessons, in addition to RAGB challenges offered at all key stages.
– Students have the opportunity to work in teams in addition to individually.
– Trips and gallery visits expanded to Key Stage 3/4 in addition to Key Stage 5.
– Involvement in nationwide events such as World Book Day and Mental Health Week.
– 6th form students to deliver practical workshops to younger students after school.
– Art club for Key Stage 3 where students explore themes such as Remembrance Day, mental health, Gay Pride.
– Regular exhibitions of student work with parents, carers and friends invited to view work.
– Department competitions such as /Brit Awards and Instagram ‘Work of the Week
– Christmas card workshops.
– Staff develop and refine schemes of work as a team and all follow the same schemes of work.
– Students are encouraged to think for themselves and generate their own ideas for artwork.
– Students and teachers are responsible for the care of materials and equipment in the classrooms. -They are also responsible for leaving the classroom as an inviting space for the next class.
– Signposts to Modern British Values and SMSC where appropriate.
– Students have the right to learn in a calm and purposeful environment.
– The art department has 3 rules —Work hard, Be Respectful, Be safe. These rules are easy to remember and apply to most, if not all situations that arise in the art room