Claremont High School Academy




Art and Design is a popular subject at CHSA. Our department pride themselves on providing a stimulating learning environment which encourages discovery, engagement and challenge, resulting in students becoming more sustained and self directed learners. All students study Art and Design in year 7 and 8, and can opt to continue studying the subject in year 9. We also offer Art and Design at GCSE/A Level (AQA).

Our programme is the perfect training for anyone looking to explore a creative and/or visual pathway. Every year our students get into a broad range of highly respected undergraduate courses including Architecture, Interior Design, Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles.


Staff and Facilities:

The Art and Design department at CHSA consists of three full-time Art and Design teachers, all of whom have a variety of specialist skills within the creative field.

The department is equipped with excellent facilities that enables learning within Art and Design to be extended to a large number of creative pathways from textile embellishment and painting to animation and illustration. Our computer suite is equipped with industry standard software enabling more opportunity for 3D design and various digital arts. In addition to this, our students have access to specialist ceramics, textiles and traditional printmaking equipment.

We are also lucky to have a dedicated 6th form studio, this gives the students the space and the opportunity to develop their skills and create more ambitious projects. Through this space students are able to develop their independent practice and take ownership of their work and idea development.


Programme of Study:

We offer the AQA Art and Design specification as its flexibility allows students to explore and gain knowledge of alternative creative working practices, whilst developing confidence and practical skills. There is a strong emphasis placed upon developing core technical skills as these are a foundation for all specialisms. In addition to the practical elements, students will also study the work of historical and contemporary makers through participation in gallery visits, workshops and the completion of independent research assignments.

The students are assessed against the following criteria (Please see the links below): 



GCSE Scheme of Assessment


A-Level Scheme of Assessment


Key Stage 3:

Our Art & Design curriculum is designed to help establish the foundation skills through the development of extended projects. Students will cover at most 2 projects a year, this allows us to focus on idea development and visual refinement that are key to being successful in this area.

Students will work in a broad range of 2D and 3D media to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of drawing, composition, colour theory, contextual research and design generation.


Key Stage 4:

Art and Design at GCSE encourages students to become independent and creative visual practitioners through building knowledge and understanding of culture, techniques, and personal enquiry.

The course is taught over 2 years and consists of 2 Units as follows:


Unit 1 - Year 10​

Portfolio Unit​

60% of GCSE grade​

2 Projects from internally set starting points​

Both projects have resolved outcomes​


Unit 2 - Jan Year 11

Externally Set Assignment

40% of GCSE grade​

1 Projects from externally set starting points​

Project must include a 10hr timed piece


During this course students will be introduced to a line of artistic enquiry, through which they will develop a number of sustained projects which will help them to develop higher order thinking alongside technical skills. The course is assessed through external assignment and examination at the end of the second year.


Key Stage 5:

At Key stage 5 students will work on highly personalised projects, where they will explore imagery and ideas through a variety of traditional and contemporary media in response to a range of challenging topics designed to extend creative practice.


Unit 1 - Year 12

Portfolio Unit​

60% of A Level grade​

1 extended project from a personal starting point​

Projects have multiple resolved outcomes​


Unit 2 - Feb Year 13

Externally Set Assignment 
40% of A Level grade​

1 Project from an externally set starting point​

Project must include a 15hr timed piece

As part of this 2 year course students will build a portfolio of personal work, which can be used to support their application for undergraduate, Art, Design, Craft, and Engineering programmes. Assessment is be carried out by external assignment and examination at the end of the second year. Further information regarding the course can be found via the links below:


Recovery Curriculum


Extra Curricular:

We offer the opportunity to take part in many trips in and around London as well as a trip abroad. These trips are an opportunity to see internationally acclaimed galleries and museums both locally and in other countries. Our trips have been enormously successful in previous years and give students a new perspective to bring back to the studio.The Sagrada- Familia was just one of the highlights of this years 6th form visit to Barcelona



Pupil Quote

“My experience at Claremont 6th form has been an excellent preparation for studying for my foundation at Kensington and Chelsea, I learnt to work independently and be able to discuss my work with others”


Rosemary Dery

Fine Art BA Hons




Photos from the Art trip to Paris