Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Overview

At Key Stage 3 we aim to offer a curriculum which has been developed to harness their strengths, whilst ensuring they do not fall behind their peers in mainstream school settings. We ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum regardless of identity, race or disability.

We focus on core subjects of English and Maths. We also offer Art, Food, PE and PSHE.

We aim to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural, as well as academic and physical development. We encourage pupils to take part in a range of enrichment activities, trips and visits.

We pursue opportunities to gain accreditation matched to ability. We prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Our aim is to help young people at the Hollies to fulfil their potential and support them to prepare for the next steps in their education.

Art and Design Department.


1) To contribute to pupils, intellectual, emotional, social and cultural development.

2) To develop and apply skills of creative thought and action.

3) To develop awareness, knowledge and understanding of the visual arts, craft and design.

4) To develop skills to research, investigate, interpret and handle information, including visual information.

5) To develop an appreciation of other cultures through the study of their art and culture.

6) To introduce pupils to the use of technology in art, craft and design where practically possible.

7) To develop awareness of the potential of art, craft and design to enrich personal experience and raise self-esteem.


Key Stage 3

· Four formative comments per project, as well as verbal comments in lessons and group feedback.

· Self-review written on slips with directed questions.

· Peer review written on slips, as well as peer assessments within a group.

· Discussions will take place on how to achieve a higher level with exemplar work and reference to level descriptors.