The Art Department is committed to encouraging in pupils a lasting love of art and is eager to foster an appreciation of the ways in which art can enrich. Whilst individual staff have a responsibility for specific teaching groups, a team approach is adopted, particularly with examination groups, so that staff specialisms are used effectively and for the benefit of students. The role of our Art Technician is also essential in supporting both staff and pupils.


The Art Department has four light, spacious studios, one of which has been purpose built for the study of Photography. There is a central resource room and library. We have good technical support and ample supplies of high quality equipment. The computers in the department enable children to access the school network from within the department. The Art library is an excellent resource from which can be drawn the information needed to assist in developing a pupil’s creativity and artwork. The main school library also has a stock of books on all aspects of Art & Design.


Art is taken by all pupils entering the school in Year 7 and is taken initially for two years. In Year 9, they have the option to continue with a modular Art course for a further year, before they then have the option to study Fine Art or Art & Design – Photography to GCSE. Art & Design can be continued into A level in the Sixth Form. At GCSE and A level, candidates take external examinations set by OCR.

The Art department specialises in the areas of painting, drawing, textiles, mixed media and history of art. We believe that artistic development helps to foster pupils’ individuality. A great emphasis is placed on the importance of visual research and pupils’ ability to make connections between their work and the work of other artists and craftspeople. We are keen to encourage pupils to visit local art galleries.

A number of students have gone on to study Art & Design related courses at University. Some examples include: The London College of Fashion, St Martins School of Art & Sheffield University. Many go on to Foundation Art courses either locally or in London.

Pupils have the benefit of a lively extra-curricular programme of workshops, as well as gallery visits to stimulate and support creative thinking.

Lunchtime and after-school sessions give opportunity for GCSE/A level students to progress their coursework projects, and for pupils in Years 7–9 to explore further aspects of Art.

A Textiles Club is held one lunchtime where pupils are able to develop personal projects and learn new skills.


Head of Art:Miss A Burton
Teaching Staff:Mrs G Codona-Smith
Art Technician: Mr P Wilkins


We regularly lead trips out into the local area to examine and record the school neighbourhood. Photographers in particular are encouraged to explore the school site and nearby parks and streets to seek inspiration.

Of course we also venture further afield to broaden our pupils’ horizons. Recent trips have included visits to galleries in London and to the stunning grounds and galleries of Compton Verney in Warwickshire.