Allerton High School, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS17 7AG

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Curriculum Team Leader

Ms C Taylor -


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students will develop their understanding of the formal elements within art by studying a variety of topics, such as

  • Pop Art
  • Aboriginal Art
  • Native American Art

Year 8

Building on the knowledge gained in Year 7 students will go on to study of topics and styles such as

  • Portraiture
  • Surrealism
  • Still Life

These topics will encourage students to appreciate and recognise other art movements, develop their 2D skills and let them gain confidence in using different materials.


Key Stage 4

Year 9 - Gateway to Fine Art

This course provides students with creative and exciting opportunities to continue their exploration of Art and Design. Students will be encouraged to explore a wide range of techniques and processes which will aim to identify their strengths.

This Gateway course is designed to provide a secure foundation for students who may wish to study Fine Art at GCSE.


Year 9 - Gateway to Photography

Students will be introduced to a wide range of photography genres and will be encouraged to explore them all to identify their interests and strengths. Som eof the areas of photography covered are

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Fine Art Photography

This Gateway course is an excellent bridge for those planning to study GCSE Photography.

GCSE Fine Art or Photography

In Years 10 and 11 students are able to choose Art as one of their options. There are 2 routes to choose within this GCSE. Students can choose to study either Fine Art or Photography

All projects covered will develop the skills students have gained in Years 7, 8 and 9 and  give students the opportunity to show how they can apply these to a design brief meeting the assessment criteria.



Post 16

A-Level Fine Art or Photography

A level at Allerton High is a rich and varied course that develops student’s ability to understand contemporary Art practice and cultivate their own style of work. Students follow AQA Art and Design: Fine Art or Photography specification both in Years 12 and 13.

All students are asked to keep work journals as they build upon their ideas and skills throughout the course. Students are asked to do personal research, make regular gallery visits and use the facilities that Leeds and the surrounding area has to offer.  We have strong links with local Art Colleges and use their facilities where possible. There are many careers in the Arts such as architecture, interior design, illustration, gaming design fashion and fine art that our students have progressed to in the past.



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