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Our art curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential artist knowledge that they need to be educated and artistically literate citizens. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human imagination, creativity and achievement.

Mrs C Kenny

Mrs C Kenny

Head of Art

Key staff with responsibility for Pupil Premium:
​Mrs K Thomas (Senior Assistant Headteacher)

​The Government believes the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring funding to tackle disadvantage, reaches the pupils who need it most.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

At Notre Dame, we find Pupil Premium an essential component to our school funding, which allows us to introduce, analyse and build strategies which ensure our students, in receipt of the grant, have a complete educational experience attain their full potential and the ‘gap’ between them and their peers is ‘narrowed’.

We aim to diminish the gap in achievement between those students who may be disadvantaged and those who are not.

As a school, we focus our approach around the following six strategies:

  • Priority seating
  • Targeted questioning
  • Effective and timely feedback
  • Praise and reward
  • Meta-cognition and self-regulation
  • Regular reading opportunities

Download 2017/18 Report
Download 2018/19 Report
Download 2019/22 Report
Review of Strategy 2020


Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content

Our Key Stage 3 art curriculum is shaped by the sequence of carefully selected media, genre, movements and artists listed below. Each unit of study is supplemented by a plethora of associated artists and is placed within its historical, societal and cultural context.

Year 7Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Unit 1: Expressive Landscapes (Vincent Van Gogh et al.)
Autumn HT2Unit 2: Expressive Landscapes - Natural Landscapes (Vincent Van Gogh et al.)
Spring HT1Unit 3: Landscape Development - 2D & 3D Image transfer (Andre Derrain et al.)
Spring HT2Unit 4: Landscape Development - 3D form (Kate Brinkworth, Nigel Humphries et al.)
Summer TermUnit 5: Pattern and Culture Study (Rainy Naha, Paul Cezanne et al.)
Year 8Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Unit 1: Portrait Studies (Martina Shapiro, Iain MacArthur, Lucien Freud et al.)
Autumn HT2Unit 2: Portrait Studies continued (Francoise Neilly, Michael Shapcott et al.)
Spring HT1Unit 3: Portrait Studies continued (Vince Low, Leonardo Da Vinci et al.)
Spring HT2Unit 4: Portrait Studies continued (Guiseppe Arcimboldo et al.)
Summer HT1Unit 5: Portraits in 3D form
Summer HT2Unit 6: The Mask (Egyptian art, Alex Levin et al.)
Year 9Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Unit 1: Futurism - Figurative Forms (Gino Severini, Umberto Boccioni et al.)
Autumn HT2Unit 2: Futurism into Cubism (Jean Metzinger, Mark Webster)
Spring TermUnit 3: Cityscape incorporating still life (M.C. Escher et al.)
Summer HT1Unit 4: Cityscape in the future
Summer HT2Unit 5: Urban Canvas - Hoardings

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Content

At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design programme of study. The order in which we cover the content of these specifications is listed below. All students are examined in both courses at the end of Year 11 and so revision throughout the two-year course is essential to a student’s success.

Year 10Unit/Topic
AutumnObservational drawing focus using a range of media
Spring2D and 3D media coursework project
Summer2D and 3D media coursework project
Year 11Unit/Topic
Autumn 1Coursework completion in response to project review
SpringControlled Assessment
SummerFinal coursework completion

Key Stage 4 art and design students follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design specification. For further details, please follow the link below.

Download the full AQA GCSE art and design specification

Key Stage 5 art and design students follow the AQA A Level Art and Design specification. For further details, please follow the link below.’

Download the full AQA A Level art and design specification

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Success Story

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Former Notre Dame student, went on to study English Literature at University of Cambridge