Art & Design

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We are delighted to share the fantasic work of Shelby, Year 11, created during a series of February half-term residency workshops with Modern Art Oxford, professional artists and other Oxford Students.


We are delighted to announce that one of our now Year 9 students, has won in the Year 8 category for Beyond Boundaries science inspired art competition from 2020 run by University of Oxford, Oxford Sparks. The artwork titled 'Experimental Progress line' inspired by Serena Dai's research. 


Three of our Year 9 GCSE students painted a canvas depicting Oxford as part of an art project for display at Oxford County Hall.  This project was organised by Oxfordshire County Council and was extended to schools across the county to take part. 

Sabrine Houali, Yasmin Wicker and Joyce Concepcion decided to use contrasting warm and cool colours to capture the vibrancy of the city.  We are very proud of their work, which will soon be on display.  Please visit Oxford County Hall to support their work as well as those at other schools.


Students at The Oxford Academy develop a foundation of key art skills and concepts by engaging with a variety of media and art movements, enabling them to make informed decisions about their subject options. 

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

Find out why you should really think about choosing Art as one of your options in by clicking on the links below.

Learning to draw and think creatively helps prepare students for the future

Arts & Education: children from low income families who take part in arts at school are three times more likely to get a degree

Arts & Society: students who study arts subjects are more likely to stay in employment than graduates from other disciplines

Arts & Economics: the creative industries accounted for 5.2% of the UK economy in 2012

At the end of every year, the Academy hosts its annual art exhibition to celebrate the work of students at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.  The gallery of previous exhibitions can be viewed in the slideshow below.   

Artist of the Term

We look for students who are hardworking and show excellent progress to win 'Artist of the Term'. See the gallery above for previous winners.

Extra-curricular activities

We want students to carefully consider choosing Art at GCSE and beyond. It is one of the few subjects that teaches a number of lessons not covered by much of the curriculum.

Jaclyn Wiid
Subject Leader, Visual Arts

The art department organises regular trips to enable students to experience learning outside the classroom.  This includes gallery and museum visits, artist workshops and photography trips. For example, our GCSE students visited the University of Oxford's Botanic Gardens where they were tasked with using different photography techniques to photograph natural forms for their first project.  The photos from previous trips can be seen  in the slideshow below.  To get an idea about the sorts of other activities the Academy organises, view our news and events here.

To access information about each Key Stage, click on the links below:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)  Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 and 11)  Key Stage 5 (Years 12, 13 and 14)

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

All students in Year 7 and 8 take Art which prepares them to take a qualification in Art from Year 9.  Foundation students have the opportunity to engage with a variety of media (i.e. clay, textiles, fine art, digital media, etc.) and art movements (ie. Impressionism, African mask design, Pop Art, Fauvism, etc.) in order to develop a foundation of key art skills and concepts.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

The Academy offers GCSEs in:

  • Art and Design: Art, Craft and Design
  • Art and Design: Graphic Communication

To find out more about these programmes, visit the AQA website.

Current students can access resources for our courses by searching for Mrs Wiid, Miss Vaisey and Miss Ellis-Hayle on    


Two day practical exam at the start of Term 5 (April/May)

See below for Revision tips and links.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

We offer :

  • BTEC Level 3 Art and Design 

To find out why you should take a post-16 Art qualification, click on the following link

BTEC Level 3 Art and Design

Click here for Art requirements and materials. Click here for course details.  To find out more about this programme, please click here.  

  • Students should see their Assignment Brief and BTEC Programmes folders for details on units and deadlines.

Link to Spec:

Component 1: Portfolio

What's assessed

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

How it's assessed

  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June.

Component 2: Externally set assignment

What's assessed

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it's assessed

  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June.

Equipment list

GCSE list:

    • Pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener

    • A4 or A5 sketchbooks for work outside lessons

    • Drawing pencils set

    • Coloured fine liners set

    • Other preferred art materials

    • BTEC equipment list attached


Jaclyn Wiid - Subject Leader of Visual and Performing Arts and BTEC Quality Nominee (pictured)
Jess Vaisey - Art and Graphics Teacher and Senior Leadership Team
Nicola Ashton, Art and Graphics Teacher

Christine Pettet (Learning Manager for Art)



Students in Years 7 and 8 are set homework once a fortnight and students in Years 9-13 receive homework once per week  via Show My Homework

Specialist facilities

  • Dedicated 6th Form Art workshop space
  • Ceramics facility including kiln
  • Textiles workshop
  • Community and professional links with local art businesses, galleries, schools and museums
  • Annual exhibition and sale of artwork
  • Annual and termly competitions

Revision tips

  1. Ensure all four assessment objectives are covered in your coursework and exam projects:
    • AO1: analysing artists and the context (research)
    • AO2: media experiments and refining ideas
    • AO3: recording ideas (ie. annotation, photos, observational drawing)
    • AO4: personal, meaningful and informed final outcome
  2. Use regular feedback in your sketchbooks and the project checklists to complete missing areas
  3. Attend after school sessions for 1:1 support using lessons 6 and 7 (timetable in planners)
  4. Visit art museums and galleries to help gather primary research and observational drawing

Revision links

Some useful revision websites include: (Art Museums and Galleries) (edit photos online) (National Gallery of Art London – use to research their collection) (Tate Galleries – use to research their collection) (research artists and themes) (links to artist research) (BBC GCSE Bitesize for Art & Design – explains the course structure and gives tips) (for art tips and images)