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

Year 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 pupils 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.

Regular trips to galleries and museums are organised as well as one off workshops and talks from artists.  We take part in The Big Draw every year working collaboratively with our Prep School to create exciting pieces of Art.

We take part in a wide range of internal and external exhibition such as the Salisbury Schools Exhibition and The Black Swan Arts Young Open and our own Create and Imagine Exhibitions as well as Pop-Up exhibitions.

Throughout the year our pupils also have the opportunity to take part in a range of House Competition such as Book Art and House Art.

Pupils are encouraged to use not only the facilities in the Art Department, 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. Pupils also use the outstanding local environment as a source of inspiration.

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in the following exhibitions and activities:

  • The Big Draw
  • Book Art
  • Salisbury Schools Exhibition, Salisbury
  • The Black Swan Art Young Open, Frome
  • Wren Exhibition, East Knoyle and Oxford
  • House Art Competition
  • Society of Heads Exhibition
  • Create Exhibition
  • Imagine Exhibition
  • Outreach Art Club U3A
  • Outreach Art Club at Ashwood Care Centre

Work by pupils can be seen on display around the School, as well as in the department and in local exhibitions. Take a look!

Facilities Available

Two Art studios, library mezzanine and gallery.

Examination boards

  • GCSE Fine Art OCR
  • IGCSE Fine Art Pearson Edexcel
  • A Level Fine Art OCR
  • IB Visual Arts

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Visiting Art galleries and museums
  • Artist Workshops and Talks
  • The Big Draw
  • Internal Exhibitions
  • Shared Learning Workshops
  • Competitions
  • External Exhibitions
  • Outreach Art Club

WATCH TALKING ART (click on the image to watch)