Art at Sir Thomas Rich's

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
-- Edgar Degas

We aim to develop our students’ creativity, while enhancing their social and moral focus. So that they leave school as confident, co-operative, responsible and creative young people with a lifelong interest in the arts. We believe that these skills and qualities can help prepare our students to go into further and higher education and the world of work, positively contributing to society.

Young people should have the opportunity to learn and participate in a creative environment, while working within a structured framework of teaching and learning. All students should have the chance to develop their artistic skills through the curriculum and the opportunities that the department offers.


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Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Years 7-9 are taught for two periods per week as a double lesson.
Homework Guidance: Homework is set accordingly, either on a weekly or fortnight basis, depending on the task.
Assessment Arrangements: No assessments at this level
Topics Covered:
Year 7
  • Artistic Development
Year 8
  • Portraiture
Year 9
  • Still Life

Art is compulsory in years 7, 8 and 9. It then becomes an option at GCSE and A Level. At Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to develop their basic skills in areas such as observation drawing, imagination work, design and research. As well as being introduced to a range of artists, art movements and cultural styles which are relevant to their practical work. A wide range of two and three-dimensional media is used.

Teaching Arrangements: Four lessons per week for both Year 10 and 11
Homework Guidance: Homework will be set on a weekly basis.
Assessment Arrangements: 10 hour exam at the end of Year 11
Topics Covered:
Year 10
  • Component 1: Portfolio
Year 11
  • Component 1: Portfolio
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Students who opt for GCSE Art will follow the AQA Art, Craft and Design syllabus. This involves producing at least two projects for their Portfolio (Component 1 - 60% of GCSE), plus an Externally Set Assignment (Component 2 - 40 % of GCSE). At GCSE level students have time to develop their own ideas, working towards a chosen final piece. The focus is geared increasingly towards individual work, with an emphasis on self-motivation and enjoyment of the subject.

From September 2018, we will be running AQA GCSE Photography, 60%/40%

Entry Requirements: Students need to achieve a grade 'B' (or equivalent) or above at GCSE level.
Teaching Arrangements: Eight lessons per week. Lessons are taught in two parallel groups.
Homework Guidance: Homework will be set on a weekly basis.
Assessment Arrangements: 15 hour exam at the end of Year 13
Topics Covered:
Year 12
  • Personal Investigation
Year 13
  • Personal Investigation
  • Externally Set Assignment

Students who opt for A Level Art will follow the AQA Art, Craft and Design syllabus. This involves producing at least two projects for their Personal Investigation (Component 1 - 60% of A Level), plus an Externally Set Assignment (Component 2 - 40 % of A Level). At A level students have time to develop their own ideas, working towards a chosen final piece. The focus is geared increasingly towards individual work, with an emphasis on self-motivation and enjoyment of the subject.

University courses this subject may be required for or lead onto: None given
Careers that Art may lead onto:
  • Animator
  • Architecture
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Curator
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Lecturer
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Copy Writer
  • Costume Design
  • Fashion Designer
  • Furniture Design
  • Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Museum Conservator
  • Photographer
  • Product Design
  • Set Designer
  • Web Designer


Associated Clubs / Societies / Trips:
  • Sixth Form Residential
  • Bristol/St Ives Residential
  • Tate Modern Trip
  • Lunchtime Open Door policy
  • Photography Club