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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School


Head of Department:  Mr Michael Moore   (

Art is an important aspect of the school and the wider community and in having strong links with local artists and craftspeople, we continue to support and contribute to galleries and festivals as well as holding our own exhibitions.

Click here to see some of what we do.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, 8 and 9, we support every child regardless of their ability. Students are taught formal elements in Art from an early point and these are built upon in subsequent projects, gradually increasing in difficulty up until GCSE.

Examples of projects studied at Key Stage Three:

  • Colour and Colour Theory
  • Microscopic Cells
  • Hundertwasser Inspired Portraits
  • Disguise

    Projects will change year on year.

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:

  • Research & Investigation (25%)
  • Experimentation & Refinement (25%)
  • Observation & Annotation (25%)
  • Final Outcome (25%)

Examples of projects studied at GCSE:

  • Marine Life
  • Anatomy
  • Natural Form
  • Portraiture

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