The Leigh Art department strive for success with a passionate and dedicated team. We offer a wide range of Art, Design and Photography encouraging students to explore, experiment and creatively apply their knowledge in a personal response.

Throughout KS3, KS4 & KS5 students have the opportunity to develop their ideas with printing, painting, drawing, mixed media, casting, photography (digital and experimental) and digital (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) across 2D and 3D.

To accommodate all this creativity we have 2 large Art studios and a Mac suit with a HP Designjet printer.

At the end of every academic year we celebrate our KS4 & 5 successes by creating a catalogue and hosting our annual exhibition displaying at least one completed final piece from every student. Constructed in the Winter Garden in the heart of the Academy everyone is welcome to meander through the display of Fine Art, Photography and Graphics. This is a chance to show the rest of the academy, staff and proud parents what we have achieved over the year.

Many of our students progress from GCSE to our A-level courses and onto Higher Education, preparing them for successful careers in the creative industries.

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The exam board is Edexcel. In all courses for KS4,  students are assessed on their level of skill, knowledge and understanding across 4 areas.

  • AO1 Develop – 20 marks – Develop ideas – demonstrate critical understandings
  • AO2 Refine – 20 marks – Experiment with media and process
  • AO3 Record – 20 marks – Recording – observations and insights
  • AO4 Present – 20 marks – Personal response making contextual connections

The final grade at the end of the course consists of two parts:

60%- UNIT 1 Coursework (This will be a ‘Portfolio of work’ with a range of responses supported by work in your sketchbooks)

40% – UNIT 2 Timed test (8-10 hours unaided work + 8 weeks preparation time)

To gain the highest level in each area you will also need to demonstrate contextual understanding by analysing Artists work and linking them to your personal responses.

KS5 – There is an addition of a written component to this course – Where students explore and investigate the role of other practitioners critically in the form of an extended essay.
50% of the total mark will come from coursework and 50% from a timed test of 15hrs.

Recommended apps for all courses

  • QR Reader: To quickly access research/information articles.
  • Skitch: A quick and easy way of annotating your work & artist research that can also be printed off and added to your sketchbook.
  • Photoshop Light: To learn the basics of Photoshop.

Useful websites