The Art department has 3 general art rooms, a pottery room, a photography studio and a designated Sixth form art room.
Two of the art rooms are equipped with iMacs for students to explore their art work and photography digitally.
What your child will be learning
Please contact the Head of Department for more information. A full teaching staff list can be found under 'About Us' 'Staff and Governance'.
Head of Department, Mrs J Bora
Aims and enrichment
The Art department is a vital part of the school, it helps students develop:
- Creativity and lateral thinking – vital for future careers and success in life
- A balance to the subjects you take – opportunity to explore your own work and give you a break from academic subjects
- Enjoyment and pride in the work you do and high expectations of your self – across the department there was a high % A* – C pass rate last year.
With a large amount of future jobs being automated, students will need to have creativity and lateral thinking skills to make them stand out in the job market. Future jobs that are not likely to be automated and require a good knowledge of art and design are: Animator, Architect, Art editor, Art gallery curator, Art therapist, Art Valuer, CAD technician, Ceramics designer-maker, Community arts worker, Costume designer, Design engineer, Dressmaker, Exhibition designer, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Glassmaker, Graphic designer Hat designer or milliner, Illustrator, Interior designer, Jewellery designer-maker, Leather craftworker, Make-up artist, Medical illustrator, Model maker, Museum curator, Photographer, Product designer, Prop maker, Set designer, Tailor, Tattooist, Textile designer, Upholsterer, Visual merchandiser, Web designer.
- KS3: Art clubs at lunchtime and afterschool.
- GCSE: Trips to galleries and museums in London.
- A Level: Royal Academy Attract scheme for two sixth form art students to use workshops and visit exhibitions there.
- Exhibition at the annual Arts Award Evening.
Key stage 3
At Key Stage 3, pupils cover a range of thematic based projects in a variety of two and three dimensional materials which involve the research and exploration of the work of artists, designers and craftspeople.
Pupils are encouraged to develop creative and imaginative personal responses as the projects progress.
Key stage 4
At GCSE, pupils can opt for: Art or Photography. Pupils explore thematic based work that enables them to explore and develop skills in a wide range of materials, covering drawing and painting media through to digital techniques using iMacs.
Pupils are given opportunities to see artists work through trips to the diversity of museums and galleries in London. Pupils are encouraged to take risks in their work as part of the learning process as we believe this helps them produce exciting and thought provoking ideas, as well as make the pupils more resilient and confident.
Key stage 5
At A level, the Sixth Form have their own studio space in which they can work during their study periods and lessons.
After a year of teacher directed projects in Year 12, students are given the freedom to choose the direction they wish to take with their specialism. In Year 13 this continues with students choosing the artists they study to help them with their own practical work. Students are always encouraged to be risk takers, develop lateral thinking skills and be confident independent learners.