Departmental Aims

  • To give all students the opportunity to create Art using a variety of media.
  • To develop students’ awareness and knowledge of the work of other artists.
  • To develop each student’s ability to draw in a variety of media.
  • To give all students the chance to express ideas through visual language.
  • To increase students’ awareness of the visual language of Art and how it can be most effectively used to communicate ideas.
  • To achieve the best possible exam results for all students.
  • To support and advise students as they explore University and future career options.


  • Superb facilities in the well-equipped Art studios.
  • Specialist dark room with black and white and digital photography equipment.
  • Well-equipped ceramics studio and kiln.
  • Dedicated departmental IT facilities / Art library.

A Level Curriculum

At A Level, students follow the Edexcel Fine Art course. This comprises two components of coursework: A personal investigation (with supporting contextual studies essay) and an exam paper given at the start of Year 13 exam year.

  • In the Sixth Form we offer Art A level to those having gained good qualifications at GCSE. Students will extend the skills and techniques learnt previously through practical work.
  • The Department consistently gains excellent examination results and high ‘value added’ scores.
  • Students regularly progress to Art Foundation and good universities to read Architecture /Design based subjects.

Co-curricular, Enrichment, Extension and Support

  • Year 12 and Year 13 students have their own Art studio where they can work and display their work.
  • The Art Department offers Life Drawing one night per week in the Autumn term as an opportunity to further develop and refine drawing skills.
  • Year 12 have a one day workshop with a visiting professional artist each year.
  • Year 12 and Year 13 students attend a one day lecture in London to listen to and engage with artists talking about their work.
  • The Department runs short study courses to European cities to visit galleries and museums. In recent years, these have included Amsterdam, Berlin and Venice.