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Art has a distinctive role to play in the National Curriculum and in students' education.   It provides access to a wide area of experiences within Art and Design and enables students to develop their skills and understanding of the formal elements of the subject.  It also forms part of the development of students' understanding of the rich diversity of Art and Design from multicultural origins both past and present. 


The programme of study for Art at the William Henry Smith School has been devised to enable students to develop the skills and understanding of Art/Art History.  The content for each project is chosen and presented in a format that the students can relate to.  It is important that each student, regardless of background, can relate to the subject and reap the benefits of all it has to offer.  Each project provides each student with the opportunity to develop and build on the skills and knowledge to meet appropriate targets in the National Curriculum.

Broad Guidelines

The department encourages students to:

  • Develop their creative and imaginative capabilities
  • Develop their artistic abilities using a variety of mixed and media techniques
  • Work productively both individually and as part of a team
  • Take responsibility for and care over the production of their work
  • Research and investigate
  • Adapt and utilise their skills in other areas of the curriculum
  • Equip themselves with a folio of quality Art work that can be utilised as a building block for further studies in Art
  • Respond and evaluate Art, Craft and Design past, present and of other cultures.

Student progress is monitored, recorded and exemplification of standards is kept throughout KS3. All students are prepared for the GCSE Art course.