• Art senior


“Art develops spiritual values and contributes a wider understanding to

the experience of life which helps to build a balanced personality.”  Bridget Riley, Painter

The aim of the art department is to develop the technical, creative and imaginative talents of each student so that, whatever their ability, they experience a sense of wonder at the activity, an excitement about the processes of art, a knowledge of the wider art world and a sense of achievement at making art. Students are given opportunities to be creative, experimental, reflective and analytical. They are encouraged to take risks, be self-motivated, work collaboratively and make their own decisions.

The department moved to a beautiful new classroom at the beginning of 2013. We have our own website at

We run after-school clubs on two evenings a week where we can explore areas such as photography and fashion design.  We run a gifted and talented club for those excelling in art.

Key Stage 3

Art is taught throughout the school and offered at A level.  We deliver a general Art and Design curriculum tailored to the needs of the students and designed to ensure that everyone makes good progress regardless of their starting level. Activities include painting, drawing, photography, printing, sculpture, collage and digital imagery. Projects range from Japanese art to junk sculpture, from portraits to fabric design, from fashion to poster design.

There is a year 7 trip to Tate Britain and a year 9 visit to Tate Modern.

A sketch book prize is awarded annually to a student in Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: AQA

Art is a popular subject choice at GCSE where we study Art and Design: Fine Art specification. This allows students to further develop their creative skills as they assume greater responsibility for the development of their projects.

Examination groups visit a gallery appropriate to their projects.

The Plato Beale Prize is awarded annually to a student in an examination group for outstanding achievement in art.