George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Art & Design


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The Visual Art Department is a highly skilled group of professional teachers and artists with subject specialisms spanning fine art, photography, 3d Sculpture and textiles. The department is focused on providing a creative environment where independence and creative enquiry is encouraged by a team of highly motivated staff.

The Department uses a range of social media to keep you up to date with news and events within the art department at George Salter, sharing useful information about artists, tutorials and resources as well as regularly sharing some specially selected work created by students from across all the visual art subjects and key stages.

Study Support

The department offers a wide range of opportunities in order for all students to engage actively in exciting art and design experiences and fulfil their potential within the subject at all key stages. This includes after school clubs, study support both after school and on Saturdays, trips, visits and residentials as well as regular specialist workshops with outside artists and agencies.

What the students say about the department

"In my experience at George Salter Academy, I have been given the opportunity to do many amazing things, which have helped me develop my art and my strenghts. The teachers at George Salter Academy have always gone out of their way to help their students. For example, arranging a day in which I could photograph a real, classic motorbike for my project. The creative nature and vibe within the Art department aids students such as myself, to become more confident in themselves, which allows them to show off their strenghts and character." Jordan J. Year 13

"The Art department at George Salter Academy has honestly given me so many opportunities to enhance my skills in the subjects I am passionate about. The staff provide all the support possible, staying in after-hours and ensuring all projects are perfect, and to the student's standard as well, not by the same sheet with grades on it. I am glad to say I studied with them through my GCSEs and now onto my A Levels." Cameron S. Year 12

"The Art Department at George Salter Academy has given me the confidence in my work and helped me explore different media which has helped me identify my weaknesses and strenghts." Charle B. Year 11


Mrs L Shaw ( Head of Department), email:



Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

artWe follow a curriculum devised carefully by our creative team which focuses on the key skills across all of the specialisms- Fine art/ Photography/ Textiles and 3D, covering a range of topics/themes. All projects are underpinned by GCSE Criteria and techniques getting pupils ready and prepared for the next steps to GCSE, developing independence, resilience and confidence in their chosen area.


Year 7, 8 and 9

artPupils are taught the following key visual elements: line, tone, shape, texture pattern and colour and experiment with drawing, painting, 3d clay, printmaking, photography and textiles. These are done through a wide range of topics and focus areas to broaden not only their artistic skills and knowledge, but also to that of social context and issues that are relevant to us.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

artYears 10-11

Courses offered:

  • GCSE Fine Art [OCR]
  • GCSE Photography [OCR]
  • GCSE Textiles [OCR]


Exam results 2017 2018 2019
GCSE Art (Fine Art) 15.8% A*-A
73% A*-C
7.1% 9-8
39.6% 9-6
100% 9-3
10.3%- 9
24.1% 9-8
69% 9-6
96.6%- 9-5
100% 9-4
GCSE Photography 21% A*-A
93% A"-C
31% 9-8
57% 9-6
100% 9-U
12.5%- 9
18.8%- 9-8
50.% 9-6
100% 9-5
GCSE Textiles 31% A*-A
77% A*-C
16.9% 9-8
41.7% 9-6
100% 9-4
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Table of art and design exams results


Structure of the course is 60% Coursework - Theme is teacher led

Externally set Exam (40%) is a based on a pre release paper where pupils have a choice of starting points to build a project around meeting all of the marking criteria


Key Stage 5 / Post 16

artThe AS courses within the art department are all about experimentation, developing skills, confidence and stretching personal strengths and ideas. AS Practical Workshops are central to building a strong portfolio and reinforcing strong observational and experimentation skills. Within each of the specialisms, key skills are explored through a range of bespoke workshops which culminate in the presentation of a skilled based project preparing students for their AS examination. Once pupils have developed and found their preferred media/technique, a choice of project themes are given by the exam board (OCR), and then a project is cultivated which is 100% of the AS grade.

artA2 is about the strengths, interests and preferences of the pupil – a totally personal project. A practical portfolio of practical work, along with a final response is created by students.

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