• Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Sixth Form
  • Enrichment
  • Year 7 study the theme of ‘The Watery World’.  During term 1, students explore using colour and composition to suggest a mood in their own undersea collaged scene with a study of Henri Matisse’s cut-out work creating ‘Drawings with scissors’. We then move on to study pattern in more depth, looking at work and the contemporary and stylised fish illustrations and paintings of Jason Scarpace. Students develop more detailed knowledge of colour mixing and application of paint, developing precision and expression in their brush skills and in their use of mark making. Students begin to explore how they can manipulate paint, colour, shape and marks to suggest a mood in their painted work.  Students may work in 3D and print through the year based on timings.

    Year 8 study the theme of ‘The World Around Us’ which builds on the initial learning of colour to suggest emotion from year seven, whilst looking at the subject of portraiture. Students will learn about proportion and facial expression as a mechanism for suggesting emotion. They will begin gathering and recording from primary sources and use the Green Man as inspiration for their own creative nature inspired character portrait. Students will develop skills in oil pastel as well as enlarging the scale they work at in Year 8. In addition, pupils will study the build environment, looking at buildings, architecture and the work of Hundertwasser to inspire the design of their own 3D clay building. Students may experience some basic printing methods and digital manipulation through the year also.

    Year 9 study the theme of ‘Culture and Society’ and reflect on how we communicate meaning in our world through art. Students study the everyday objects found in their own lives and consider how artists such as Andy Warhol, Claus Oldenburg and Sarah Graham have used these to create Pop Art based on brands and advertising. Students focus on what values they feel our culture teaches and communicate those they feel important to them and their school life too. More advanced skills of photography, digital image manipulation and painting techniques are developed at an increased scale, with talented students working up to A2. Additional skills in drawing and design are taught, with students being encouraged t research and pursue greater independence required to prepare them for GCSE art. In addition, basic 3D and sculpting techniques, surface decoration and print may be taught.


    We assess students based on the development of their own creative ideas, their knowledge and understanding of theory, techniques and processes, understanding and contextual analytical skills of the work of others and the evaluation of their own creative work and the work of others.

  • GCSE Art

    Why study art?
    If you have an interest in art, strong work ethic, reasonable skill, and imagination and, above all, an open mind, then art could be for you. Art & design is an interesting subject which allows students to explore and express their own creativity. It is essential for further study in art but, as employers are beginning to demand more imagination and creative thinking in the work place, can also be used to complement other creative or traditionally more academic subjects.
    What areas would you study?
    Throughout Year 10 you will work in a large number of different traditional and new media including digital technologies; to learn a variety of skills and processes in both 2D and 3D. Alongside the practical work, you must undertake studies of the work of real artists and craftsmen; this section of the course is written. In Year 11 students are increasingly required to be more responsible for their own interpretations of given themes in order to prepare them for the final exam, which is 10 hours in duration and is the culmination of all of their studies.
    How do you learn?
    You will learn about the importance of working from first-hand experience, observation, recording ideas, developing and refining your work in order to make original and personal art. Throughout the course you will need to keep a sketchbook which will enable you to develop your imagination and creativity. It is strongly recommended that you visit local museums and art galleries and, where possible, national collections of art.
    How are you assessed?
    Coursework accounts for 60%, taking the form of sketchbooks and personal responses produced over the 2 years. The examination is 10 hours at the end of year 11. A piece is produced in this time as a result of an 8 week preparation period completed within a separate sketchbook.
    Where will this take me post-16?
    Progression from art at KS4 can include A-level art or photography and other creative disciplines such as textiles and 3D design. Career opportunities are many and varied, including film and media, graphic design, computer game design, advertising, illustration, fashion and textiles, theatre design, hair and makeup and more! Norfolk has excellent links to higher education within the Arts with many graduates entering careers within the creative industries.
  • A-level Art and Design

    Examination Board: AQA

    Introduction and Structure

    A-level in art and design provides versatility for individual student artists, from painters to photographers, graphic communicators to textile artists. The course is a two year A-level qualification comprising two components. Students who study art have a greater awareness of environmental, cultural and political issues. AQA describe this course as ‘demanding, rigorous empowering and inclusive!’ We agree!

    Personal Investigation

    Component 1 is a body of coursework driven and designed to be meaningful and of depth to student study. It incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points within one broad major theme.

    The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification. Component 1 is worth up to a total of 60% of the whole qualification.

    This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s).

    Students must work within one of the following titles: art, craft and design, fine art, graphic communication, textile design, three-dimensional design, photography.

    Externally Set Assignment

    Component 2 is the culmination of the learning process within a preparation portfolio designed to drive the response for a timed exam at the end of the course. It incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus. The preparatory studies comprises a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the externally set assignment theme. During the 15–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the externally set assignment.  The externally set assignment is released on 1 February and contains a theme and suggested starting points.  Students have from 1 February until the commencement of the final 15–hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies. The 15–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions may take place over multiple sessions


    Both components require the successful application of the following criteria for assessment. Students will need to cover each objective as they individually account for 25% of the qualification as a whole.

    AO1 develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

    AO2 explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

    AO3 record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

    AO4 present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

    Students will be given a mock exam in May of their first year of study, giving practical experience of the externally set assignment.

    Careers and Progression

    Students will gain experience of professionalism as they are required to display their A-level work in exhibition format. Visiting artists and visits to galleries provide extensive experience of the wider world of art and design.

    Entry onto arts courses at university and other degree awarding bodies are generally through a combination of grade, portfolio of work and interview. Students will be encouraged to visit art departments and degree exhibitions to get a sense of the standard required for a higher level course. The creative industries in this country are the envy of the world, with graduates working in many fields in many countries.

    Entry Requirements

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths; Grade 5 or above in art.

    In instances where students did not take GCSE art or a creative subject, clear and strong evidence in the form of recent sketch books, portfolio or similar may be considered as evidence of enthusiasm and commitment.


    Students may access these documents to support them in producing their own summer project, learning to work independently as a GCSE student. This project aims to help students get used to thinking about and developing their own ideas through, primary documentation using drawing and recording, researching artists, and experimenting with materials.

    Year 11 WORKSHOP

    Year 11 prepared themselves for the diversity that further study of the Creative Arts may involve in a workshop focusing on gestural drawing. Students responded to the series of work by Heather Hansen, called ‘Emptied Gestures’. Hansen is a performance, video and visual artist who’s inspiration comes from ‘downloading movement’ onto a giant drawing surface whilst her spectators within the gallery watch the process of mirroring and using the whole of her body to create organic and moving patterns.  Students at Taverham High emptied their own gestures, considering how their movements and repetition would affect their work.  This was a great extra-curricular opportunity to stretch our gifted students and open them to the diverse possibilities and methods for contemporary practice.


    Each term we select outstanding work from each year group to feature on our department reward post cards. Students are sent post cards for effort and attainment in Art and Design and what better motivation than to have their artwork seen by the whole school! This term was the turn of Year 8 who have been learning about Pagan symbolism and the Green Man and applying colour theory to their designs. Well done to our selected artists and the runners up featured below.   


    Summer Exhibition 2015