March 16, 2011


ArtThe Art and Design department is composed of 2 well-equipped studios both containing ICT facilities. The department is also able to show the wide range of facilities within the ICT department, which is equipped for computer graphics, with a wide range of software being used with pupils of all year groups. Pupils at Boldon School follow a general foundation art course in their first 3 years, leading to Key Stage 3. Upper school pupils are encouraged to take as an option, Art & Design as a 2-year course leading to both Key Stage 4 and the GCSE (AQA) examination in Art and Design.


The department actively links with other areas of the school, and is developing new inter- departmental courses in the area of National Curriculum. Boldon School has a tradition of catering for pupils over a wide spectrum of abilities and this is clearly reflected in our excellent examination results over the years.



Art and Design



Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Boldon School we deliver a high-quality art and design curriculum that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Students at KS3 follow the following curriculum plan:

Year 7Project IProject IIProject IIIProject IV
TitleAboriginal ArtFormal ElementsImpressionismBugs


Year 8Project IProject IIProject IIIProject IV
TitlePortraiturePhotographyEgyptian3D design




GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

At Boldon School we use this two unit specification to enable students

to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by:

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (two projects) 60%

Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40%

There are two strands to the course:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography

Progression Opportunities

This course provides a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.