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Great to see such a good turnout from students and parents/carers at tonight’s Options Evening, we hope you found it useful!


Great new signage at the front of school provided by to reflect our exciting new partnership together.


We look forward to seeing our Year 8 students and their parents/carers at tonight's Options Information event. Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6pm start in the Main Hall.


Some of our Year 10 students enjoyed a very 'cool' science lesson today making their own ice cream.


We look forward to seeing parents/carers of Year 8 students at our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 17th January. Click here for further details:-


Tickets selling fast for our school production of Alice in Wonderland. Book yours today via


Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Welcome to de Stafford Sports Centre. The centre looks great and so do the staff in their new uniforms! Great start to 2018 with #2018


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We are delighted to announce that today we started working with to operate de Stafford Sports Centre. Freedom Leisure's Operations Director, Matt Hunt, Head Teacher of de Stafford School, Jeremy Garner and mascot Jim Trainer, braved the weather to mark the occasion.


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Was a great first day at de Stafford Sports Centre. Very excited to be working with . Thumbs up all round!


Happy New Year to all our followers! Looking forward to starting a new term tomorrow - remember it will be Week 1 Wednesday!


Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and enjoyable festive period. We look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday, January 3rd.


Read all about this half-term's news in our latest newsletter


Congratulations to all of our award winners in today's celebration assemblies


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Well done to our de Stafford readers. The achievement board is bursting with good news! Who will be our first word millionaire? Watch this space...


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Books wrapped and ready for our Y7 Book Buzz event! Our thanks to the de Stafford PSA who kindly donated the funds so that every Year Seven will receive their very own reading book this


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Final numbers of the year! Books read since September = 1,995. Number of words read = 39,989,703. A huge well done to all of our Y7 and Y8 de Stafford readers!


The December edition of our school newsletter is available to view now at We would like to wish all our followers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.


We look forward to welcoming parents/carers/friends to our Christmas Music Showcase this evening at 6:30pm.


The surrounding roads are clear but please exercise extreme caution when walking on the pavements and entering the school site. Students are permitted to wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions. The car park is particularly icy so try to avoid driving in to school.


We are open today but to give the site team additional time to grit the worst affected areas we will be operating a late start. Students will be expected in to SAM at 9:30am. Any student arriving early may go to the school canteen.

Art & Ceramics

Head of Department: Mrs C Small.


Key Stage 3 Art & Ceramics

In Key Stage 3, all students study Art for two lessons per fortnight and complete a Ceramic project as part of the rotation with the DT department.

Year 7

During the first term of Year 7, students are introduced to the Formal Elements of Art and are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of artistic media. In Term 2, students explore the patterns found in Aboriginal and African Art to create a decorated papier mâché bowl. The work of the artist, architect and environmentalist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is the focus of the Summer Term. Students explore the colours and patterns used by Hundertwasser to create a poster raising awareness about an environmental issue. In Ceramics, students create tiles influenced by Islamic Art.

Year 8

In Year 8, students begin by studying Cubism. They explore the broken, fragmented imagery and multiple viewpoints utilised by the Cubists to create their own Cubist inspired pictures. In term 2, students study portraiture. They learn how to draw a correctly proportioned face and explore the work of   famous portrait artists and create a self-portrait influenced by this research. In the Summer Term, Year 8 study different lettering styles to create a 3D outcome. In Ceramics, students create vessels.

Various enrichment activities and Art competitions are also planned throughout the year.


Key Stage 4 Art

Year  9 & 10

Students explore a wide range of artistic media, e.g. acrylics and watercolours, oil pastels, clay, chalk pastels, ink and wash, collage, sketching pencils, printing, photography as well as studying contextual references. They create several outcomes including both 2D and 3D work.

Year 11

Students spend the Autumn Term of Year 11 preparing for their Mock Examination – a project based on the theme ‘Identity’. This is the first fully independently led Art project the students will complete in order to prepare them for the final exam.

Any work completed in Years 9 & 10 and the Autumn Term of Year 11 can form part of Unit 1: Portfolio of Work which is 60% of the students’ final grade.

Question papers are issued by AQA are given to students after the Christmas Holidays. They respond to their chosen starting point and spend the Spring Term preparing to create a final piece during the 10 hour (2 day) exam which occurs in April. This work is assessed for Unit 2: Externally Set Task and is worth 40% of the students’ final grade.

Exams and Coursework

Component 1: Portfolio - 60% of the final GCSE Grade.

A portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project as well as a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment - 40% of the final GCSE Grade.

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.

Each project consists of observational drawings, studying the work of other artists and designers, creating ideas, experimenting with media and producing a final outcome.

Assessment Objectives

You will be assessed in four different areas:

AO1 Contextual Research

AO2 Development of Ideas & Experimentation with Media

AO3 Recording Observations and Ideas

AO4 Final Piece

Further Education and Careers

Studying GCSE Art and Design enables you to gain more confidence in using a wide range of art media and helps to develop your imagination and creative skills.

Post-16 Courses you could study with a GCSE in Art and Design: BTEC Art & Design, Foundation courses, AS/A2 and any other creative course e.g. carpentry, design, textiles, fashion, photography etc.

The creative industries employ approximately 2 million people. Studying Art and Design will also benefit those who are interested in any of the following careers: Artist, Animator, Fashion Designer, Furniture Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Jewellery Designer, Make-up Artist, Photographer, Art Teacher etc.