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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School


Head of Department: Michael Moore (Contact)

Key Stage 3

Throughout Year 7, 8 and 9 it is our intention to support every child regardless of their ability. Students focus on the Formal Elements in art which as educators we extend and make all the more challenging as students progress through the Key Stage.

The Formal Elements experienced throughout the Key Stage are:

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Pattern
  • Tone
  • Colour

Programme of Study the embraces these areas are:

  • Portraiture
  • Still-Life
  • Local Environment
  • 3D Design

Key Stage 4 

At GCSE (examined through AQA) the students are expected to produce two units of work for their portfolio (unit one). Unit two is an examination paper marked by us and then externally moderated. Portfolio = 60% - Examination = 40%.

Programmes of Study focus on the four objectives set by the examination board:

  • Ideas (20)
  • Experimentation (20)
  • Observation (20)
  • Artist Research (20)

The sketchbook forms an integral part and supports any work produced in school.