Art is a popular and stimulating subject which provides
opportunities for all pupils to acquire and extend their creative
and artistic skills, enabling them to express and communicate their
Our well-resourced studios encourage every pupil to achieve her
full artistic potential. As new media, techniques and skills are
introduced progressively, students extend their creative
experiences, interest and enthusiasm.
Drawing from observation is fundamental to every aspect of art
at all levels and emphasis is put on understanding the
relationships between drawing, developing a theme and realising a
final product in a variety of art and craft techniques, including
ceramics, print and textiles. The studios are available before
school and at lunchtime for independent work and extra support.
The History and Appreciation of Art and Design is essential to
pupils' practical work, enabling them to appreciate their own work
in the context of our diverse artistic heritage. We visit local and
national art galleries to see as much original work as
Years 7, 8 and 9 are introduced to artistic skills and ideas
which provide both rewarding art experiences and a good basis for
students who wish to take Art through to GCSE and beyond. A large
proportion of Year 11 take Art as an option and it is a popular
subject at A Level.
There is a short course on Art Appreciation available in Year 12
as part of the Curriculum Enrichment Programme. It is an
interactive, informal course which aims to develop understanding
and critical thinking.