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St Francis Xavier

Curriculum by year

Use the links below to view the Art curriculum by year.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11


At SFX our students think like an artist because...
they use a range of evidence to analyse a situation and draw conclusions based on what they believe to be the right outcome for themselves and those around them. Students are encouraged to explore a bank of support systems and how to access them. An SFX student studying PSHE would be able to recognise signs of positives mental health and wellbeing and signpost peers to helpful places for support when necessary.

They will be able to ask relevant questions and investigate the different career routes and explore different ways to manage finances.

They will understand what makes a fair and respectful environment and think critically about how they can advocate change when it is needed.

Students listen to other viewpoints and can make connections between how different scenarios may make different people feel and show empathy and understanding to others.


Recent research used to inform practices in Art

  •  OFSTED subject review in Art

  • Subject pedagogy support by AQA standardization

  • Visits to Art Galleries

  • Kate Jones - Retrieval practice 


Art vision

The Art Department aims to provide challenging opportunities for pupils to expand their creative and imaginative talents, through the exploration of aesthetics and expression. We have planned a structured curriculum to allow pupils to use a range of materials and techniques so that they may develop as independent, confident artists. We encourage pupils to take creative risks while pursuing their artistic ideas and developing their practical skills.

Pupils explore Art and Design from different historical and contemporary cultures and are encouraged to draw, photograph and appreciate their local environment.

Whole school visions

Use the links below to view our whole school vision and curriculum vision. 

Whole school vision Whole school curriculum vision    


Curriculum team

  • Mr M Wilson - Art Lead Teacher


KS4 courses  

  •  GCSE Art & Design: Fine Art - AQA



Enrichment opportunities


  • Students are encouraged to attend informal `drop in` sessions to develop their GCSE portfolio at lunchtimes and after school.
  • Visits include trips to Galleries such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and York Art Gallery.
  • Year 10 GCSE students gather visual information about the natural, architectural and historic environment on a `sketching walk` around Richmond and Easby Abbey.
  • This year, Year10 GCSE students will have an opportunity to work with local Artist, Dawn Stockbridge, to explore her large scale charcoal drawings based on natural forms. Previous Workshops have included sessions with another local artist Ed Kluz, investigating both his use of mixed media collage and his interest in historical buildings.


  • Informal ‘Drop in’ sessions at lunchtime
  • Pupils are often in the Art room producing materials and artwork for extra-curricular activities such as the ECO team’s decorations for the Christmas Fair.
  • Year 7 weekly Craft Club with Mrs Morgan


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