Art and Design

Head of Art Mrs E Nicholas
Art Teachers Mrs S Bedford and Ms C Lucibello
Curriculum Support Mrs C North and Mrs V Jordan



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We are a dedicated team of Art teachers who are committed to helping students appreciate Art & Design. We teach a range of disciplines including painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D design and ceramics. The curriculum enables students to explore a variety of art work relevant to them, among these are studying The Basic Elements of Art, Our Environment, Cultural Elements, Portrait, Still Life and Cubism, The figure in 3D, Abstract Art, Surrealism and, Pop Art.

Students in Year 7 study lots of different artists and cultures and do paintings, printmaking drawing and clay work. In Year 8 they work with clay, wire, cardboard and look at creating figures in 3D and in Year 9 they study and the POP Art of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.  Art of Jackson Pollock and Piet Mondrian and explore Surrealism of Salvador Dali. All students paint and draw and have the chance to work with digital media. There are opportunities for all students to take part in Art trips and Gallery visits; including the William Morris Museum and the Tate Modern and Britain.

GCSE and A level artwork is excellent and all students have work exhibited at the end of the year. There are opportunities for Art trips and visits to galleries, which include guided tours and workshop experiences. We also have artists visit us from the Royal Academy of Arts to deliver figure drawing workshops.

Key Stage Three

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The Key Stage 3 scheme of work covers three broad themes of Human Figure, Still Life and Abstract Art. Students work on drawings, pastels, paintings, printing, sculptures, (using clay, wire and plaster and card) and use a range of ICT in their work.  (Year 8 sculptures shown in pdf below)

They look at artists such as Picasso, Rousseau and Dali as well as Art from other cultures and have the opportunity to enjoy Art trips to The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Henry Moore Foundation and the Tate Britain.

Students have worked with creating Christmas cards, designing wild flower paintings for Broomfield Hospital and decorated departments at the hospital for the Christmas celebration.

Art club is organised so students can work at lunchtime on class or homework. After school Art Club provides enrichment opportunities for keen artists to develop their skills in many different materials.


At KS3 students need to come to lessons with, and have available at home, a variety of Art materials: an HB or 2B pencil, rubber and sharpener. Homework often involves the use of colour and each student should have water based paints, paintbrushes and colouring pencils. They are provided with a CVHS school sketchbook that is used in class and for homework, but lost books need to be paid for at a cost of £1. 

We ask for a financial contribution at the beginning of Year 7 of £5.00, which will entitle students to bring their work home at the end of the academic year.

Key Stage Four

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Students follow the Edexcel scheme of work and a course portfolio. The projects include ‘The Human Form’ and the second is ‘Interior/Exterior’ and 3D transcriptions. Each student has the opportunity to paint, draw, use 3D materials and digital media. They explore the work of other artists and visit a London gallery to further their artistic experiences.

There is a mock exam in Year 10 and a 10 hour exam in Year 11, which forms 40% of the overall grade.  

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Students have the opportunity to purchase an Art Pack from the Art Department, this includes a sketchbook, A2 folder, pencils, pastels, paints, coloured pencils and paintbrushes. The sketchbooks are assessed as part of the coursework and MUST be looked after; they go towards the 60% coursework mark.

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Key Stage Five

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In Year 12, the A level consists of a practical Coursework Portfolio that includes research into artists and art movements.  The students explore a wide variety of materials working towards a personal final piece in either 2 or 3D.  In Year 13, the A level involves a more in depth practical personal investigation in a material of their choice and there is an exam at the end of the year.

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Students are provided with a sketchbook. They must provide a set of B grade pencils, (from 2B upwards), paints, pastels, rubbers, sharpeners and they have the option of buying an A1 folder from school or can provide their own. The sketchbooks are assessed as part of the coursework and MUST be looked after; they go towards the 60% coursework mark.

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Christmas Cards

We hold an annual competition to design the Chelmer Valley High School official Christmas card.  The winning card is used by Mrs Goodchild as the schools corporate card.  The winner receives copies of the card and a prize.      



Christmas Decorations

The Chelmer Valley High School’s Art Department and Year 8 students worked with Broomfield Hospital’s ICU and High Dependency unit to bring a splash of festive cheer to the wards.  The students visited the hospital to see their work on display.


Radio Times

In 2016 the Art Department entered some of our students work into an external competition to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  Students had to design a fitting royal front cover for the magazine.  We had a great response and the standard of work was outstanding.  Although we were not successful in winning, there were internal prizes for the best covers.

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Fireworks Poster

Each year we ask students to design the background for our annual Chelmer Valley High School fireworks display.

Royal Academy Day

A model and lecturer from the Royal Academy of Art visited Chelmer Valley High School to run a ‘still life’ workshop with our Year 11, 12 and 13 Art students.  The students received valuable advice on still life techniques and took a lot away from the experience.

Essex Showcase for the Arts

Art work from Chelmer Valley High School’s GCSE and A Level students was displayed around central Chelmsford.

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The Art Club runs on Tuesday lunchtimes with Mrs Bedford. The rooms are available for use to complete homework every day.

GCSE Guided Study is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.20pm until 4.20pm.

GSCE and A level students can work in the department any lunchtime and Years 12 and 13 are encouraged to use the art rooms in their non-timetabled sessions.


Extended Work

The sixth form have regular trips to London galleries, including the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, The National Gallery and The Haywood Gallery. There have also been trips to Paris and Barcelona and work from these became part of their coursework. At KS3 students visit the Henry Moore Foundation, the Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum and the Tate Britain

Artists in residence have worked with students from all years on 3 separate projects. They have worked with the artist Michael Condron to design and build a mosaic that depicts technology through the ages. Students have designed and made a mural for Humanities that showcases eminent figures in the humanities fields. The Royal Academy have worked with GCSE and A Level students to improve drawing skills.

Year 8 and 10 Students have been involved in a series of Art workshops where they worked collaboratively with Broomfield primary school. An artist in residence taught Chelmer Valley students about working with graphics pads and the photo manipulation software, Adobe Photoshop. These students, with the support of the artist taught the student from Broomfield about how to use the pads and how to manipulate their own photos using computer technology.

Year 8 students spent a day exploring China through Art, Music and Drama and finished with a celebration of their achievements with a show in the hall.

There is a celebration of GCSE and A level success at the end of the academic year when parents are invited in to view their child’s work and progress throughout the art course.

Progress in Art

Attainment Targets

A statement from the new National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 from the Government…..

 “By the end of key stage 3, students are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specific in the relevant programme of study”


To ensure this happens, every student is assessed via a broad range of information and results available to us.  Part of this assessment measures their Artistic ability. We have a new ‘Steps’ model of assessment that is based on the similar assessment objectives used at GCSE and A Level. The assessment objectives are split into 5 strands and the results from this are combined with KS2 data to produce a more accurate picture of a student’s artistic ability.  An overall step point score is also worked out by a simple formula from the attainment made in each strand of the assessment, as this also gives a quick and easy way of seeing general performance and the strands we access measure the same criteria set by the exam board at GCSE – but at an age appropriate level.


The students are expected to make one full step of progress overall during the year, but this can be an average of progress over the range of strands…For example, Pupil X might get a baseline score of 3, 3, 2, 2, 3 for five strands….This results in an overall Step Point score of 3.6…They would then be expected to reach 4.6 by the end of Y7, 5.6 by the end of Y8, and 6.6 by the end of Y9.  This would be a minimum expectation and targets could be adjusted each year to maintain challenge for each individual.


You will receive a regular report showing your child’s attainment and progress in Art.  It will also show their overall step point.


What is a Step Grid

A step grid is a cornerstone of our new assessment model.  It is a basic summary of all the work that can be covered in each of the new Key Stage 3 programmes of study.

Art at Key Stage 3 in Chelmer Valley High School is split up into 5 strands (think of them as broad areas of work) that are covered over the three years of the key stage.

Within each strand there are 9 steps of progress.  They are short summative statements that indicate what each pupil should have learnt to reach that step.  A pupil who reaches step 5 would have achieved all the steps below (1 to 4) and step 5 to be accredited at that point.  A combination of the strand and scores also gives an overall step point.

Beyond summative statements for current performance, the step grid can give an early indication of expected performance at KS4.  Subject leaders have designed the grids with GCSE performance in mind and the final overall step point reached by the end of Y9 will indicate an estimated level of performance for the end of KS4 (EOKS4) in the end column. 

Art Links with Broomfield Hospital

Broomfield Hospital to produce paintings for the hoardings and these were successfully auctioned when the hospital officially opened. Half of the money went back into the Art Department for new resources and half went directly to the students.

Our GCSE students also worked with one of the artists to produce work for the Maternity ward. Sasha Ward was commissioned by the Hospital Trust to produce some glasswork for this area. Sasha came into school and worked with a small group of GCSE students. If you visit the Maternity ward, you will see our students designs incorporated into her work. It is truly brilliant. Some of these students came on a trip to view all the artwork at the hospital and were astounded and proud when they saw their ideas on display.

Students collaborated to produce Artwork for the Hospital based on British wildflowers and work was released for permanent display.

A Level and GCSE work is exhibited in Chelmsford as part of the Essex Showcase.  Work is displayed in the new canteen and school during the Chelmer Creative Festival in July.

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