The Art Department is housed in one building and consists of three floors housing two art studios, and library mezzanine.Pupils have the wealth of resources within the department which include ICT, Photography, Drawing and Painting and Clay facilities.

The belief is that Art is important for every pupil’s general education through the exploration of ideas and meanings in not only their work, but that of artists, craftspeople and designers, stimulating student’s creativity and imagination.

In Year 7, 8 and 9 students follow a foundation in Art and Design which is designed to introduce them to the basic skills and knowledge needed to encourage a creative and personal response in Art.

In Year 10 and 11 a more personal approach is adapted and work is taught in a wide range of media.

At A Level and IB individual specialities can be explored in more depth. A more artist led approach is encouraged and developed.

Pupils are encouraged to use not only the facilities in the ArtDepartment but to integrate ICT and Design and Technology from other departments when needed.

Regular trips to London and local galleries and museums are organised as well as one off workshops or talks in school from artists.Students also use the outstanding local environment as a source of inspiration.

Work by pupils can be seen on display around the school as well as in the department and in local exhibitions.

Facilities Available

Two Art Studios, A library Mezzanine, Photography and multi-media Room.

Examination boards

  • GCSE Art and Design Edexcel
  • AS/A2 Art and Photography OCR
  • IB Visual Arts

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Visiting Art galleries and museums
  • Artist led workshops
  • The Big Draw
  • Exhibitions of pupils work
  • Shared Learning Workshops
  • Competitions