Flegg High Ormiston Academy

Art at Flegg

Welcome to the Art Department

Flegg’s Art and Design Department has earned an excellent reputation for its exciting student outcomes and facilities.

Our specialist art teachers are dedicated towards stretching the skills of the students, whilst balancing this with the love of artistic exploration. 

The department aims to bring out the creative aspirations of the students and encourages them to take risks and experiment in a big, bold and exciting ways. This approach is supported by a range of trips, specialised workshops and visiting artists, known as the art ambassadors. One of the more exciting aspects of the department is the custom designed studio room, which allows students to work as aspiring artists. The range of activities, media and materials available is extensive with opportunities for students to explore digital photography, painting, 3d work, ceramics and printing.

In the Summer Term we submit student work into the Regional Ormiston Exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre where our students won both 1st prize and the exceptional achievement award against all other schools, including A-Level students.  We also house our own end of year art show where the Chedgey Award is decided and one of our y11 students is presented with an original painting by the artist, Chedgey.

There are many opportunities for students to flourish in the art department, whether it’s taking part in afterschool workshops or becoming a student art ambassador and helping run various aspects of the department. In art, we pride ourselves on offering an ambitious curriculum within this lively and productive environment.

Tour of the Art Department


 Gallery of Art GCSE Sketchbook Examples

 GCSE Artwork Gallery

What will I study

Subject Summary and key Information: Art


Students in years 7 and 8 learn a range of skills, techniques and competencies that equip them with the right tools and experiences to tackle GCSE and future opportunities in art. Students will learn skills in painting, drawing, photography, digital manipulation and clay/sculpture. They will explore a range of ideas from artists, times and cultures to help form their own critical understanding of the world around them.

Please click here for the KS3 overview.


Leading on from KS3, we use the exam board EdExcel to plan and teach work which meets the four assessment objectives:

  • AO1 – Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2 – Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Students work on the following projects in years 9, 10, and 11 that cover these objectives and edit their portfolios with guidance from their teachers in order to show off their strongest skills.

Mock and Actual exams last 10 hours in which students will be ready to start and finish a large piece of work, usually scaled up from their own tests and experiments leading up to the final piece.

Year 9 

  • Dragons
  • Surrealism
  • FORMS: Natural Forms (beginning of Year 10 work)

Year 10

  • FORMS: Natural Forms (continuing from Year 9)
  • FORMS: Landscapes
  • FORMS: Human form and Portraits
  • Developing own ideas and work

Year 11

  • Developing own ideas/continuing from Year 10
  • Mock Exam – final piece for the FORMS project (2021: Potential COVID-19 changes)
  • Real Exam Project – provided by the exam board (2021: Potential COVID-19 changes)

Please click here for the KS4 Guidance Pack

Choosing Art as an Option:

Which course will I be following? GCSE Fine Art (exam board TBC, sample specification link below) https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201- 8206/specification-at-a-glance 

What will I be doing? This course provides students with an exciting opportunity to explore the world of art. Students will experiment, discover, and create a range of art. The projects are usually quite open and allow students to lead their work into a direction of their choice. As the course unfolds and students become more confident and aware of their own interests and inspirations, they will choose their favoured disciplines to pursue further. Art disciplines include painting, drawing, printmaking and digital photography. 

How will my work be assessed? The GCSE, Fine Art course requires students to produce a portfolio of work (60% of the marks) and an externally set assignment (40% of the marks). Both the portfolio and external project will require a final outcome at the end. The final piece of the external project is created during an exam that takes place towards the end of the course in exam conditions. 

Are there any specific requirements for this course? Although heavily based on practical work, the course will require some areas of writing. Strong drawing and painting skills, a creative imagination, and a good independent work ethic is also useful for those interested in taking this course. Having their own digital camera (or good camera phone) will be helpful and a USB stick to upload the photos to an academy computer. Sketchbooks and canvases will be needed. They can be purchased online and collected from student reception. Regular and detailed homework will be expected to be maintained throughout the course. After school sessions will also be available for those who require additional guidance, or time to progress their work further. 

How will this qualification help in the future? Some of the largest growing industries in the world centre around art and design and this subject can lead to an enormous range of career prospects. This qualification is beneficial for any students considering further education in any creative fields.

Who should I ask if I need more information? 

Mr Coombes, Subject Leader for Art:  [email protected] 

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

 Curriculum Maps

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11