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We have excellent facilities with an art studio, ceramics room, printmaking studio, photography darkroom, library and ICT resource room. The Bunker Gallery is a permanent exhibition space within the school which displays the work of both our students and our artist-in-residence.

We take an inclusive approach, upholding the philosophy that every individual possesses important abilities and skills worthy of development within this subject.

Our aims are: 

  • To encourage all pupils to experience, enjoy and appreciate Art in its widest sense.
  • To nurture visual awareness and the ability of each individual to express and communicate ideas and meanings through art.
  • To foster confidence, competence, imagination and creativity in pupils through the exploration of a wide variety of media, processes and skills.
  • To develop each pupil’s appreciation of images and artefacts across times and cultures, and an understanding of the contexts in which they were made.
  • To inspire pupils to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. 
  • To celebrate and promote the diverse and wide-ranging talents and achievements of pupils in art.
  • To encourage pupils to enjoy and engage with the creative and mindful aspects of art and for it to contribute positively to their emotional well-being.

Curriculum in the Lower School

Development of various art techniques, including painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. Through structured projects, pupils will explore the elements of art and design: colour, shape, line, tone, texture, pattern and form. Pupils are encouraged to be expressive and imaginative in their approach to the subject. Prep will be regularly set and sketchbooks used for gathering information, experimenting, documenting work and research.

Curriculum in the 3rd Form 

Further development of different specialisms learnt in Lower School in preparation for GCSE. Relevant contextual studies relating to practical work will be explored in more depth. The Third Form also offers the opportunity for pupils to take a more personalised approach to their creative work. Prep will be regularly set and sketchbooks used for gathering information, experimenting, documenting work and research.

GCSE curriculum

Pupils will be entered for the Fine Art syllabus with the AQA exam board. The course requirements consist of a portfolio of work (60% of the final grade) and an externally set task (40% of the final grade) which culminates in a timed test. Pupils will work in a variety of media to include both 2D and 3D work. All pupils will explore work in the following media: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and photography. An exhibition of the GCSE work takes place in late June. Prep will be set weekly and sketchbooks used for gathering information, experimenting, documenting work and research. 

The course provides a platform for progression into:

·          A-level Art & Design - Foundation Course - University 

·         The Visual Arts IB Course – Foundation Course - University

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB course is designed to equip students with the essential skills required to prepare them for entry into higher education. There are three distinct areas which will be assessed, these are the Process Portfolio, the Exhibition and the Comparative Study. A visual arts journal should be maintained throughout the course. This will form the basis for much of the submitted process portfolio work. Primary areas of achievement that are key to the structure of the IB visual arts course: Visual Arts in Context (enables pupils to ask challenging questions about the socio/cultural aspects of art); Visual Arts Methods (learning how to draw and how to manipulate different materials) and Communicating Visual Arts (exploring the role of the curator and making informed choices about the work they select to exhibit). An IB Exhibition takes place in March. Prep will be set weekly and sketchbooks used for gathering information, experimenting, documenting work and research.

A-level

A-level Art & Design is a rigorous course which will provide an excellent grounding for potential Art School entrants. Pupils will be entered for the Fine Art syllabus with the AQA exam board. The course requirements consist of a Personal Investigation unit (60% of the final grade). This unit has a heavy practical bias, but is supported by written material of between 1500 and 3000 words. In addition, students complete an Externally Set Assignment which culminates in a timed test (40% of the final grade). Pupils will work in a variety of media to include both 2D and 3D work. All pupils will explore work in the following media: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and photography. An exhibition of the A-level work will take place in June. Prep will be set weekly and sketchbooks used for gathering information, experimenting, documenting work and research. The portfolio

Visits to exhibitions both in London and locally are integral to the delivery of art education, and the art department organises regular workshops and other events including a competition for, and exhibition of, work by pupils from local prep and primary schools. 

Study of Art may lead to careers in: Graphic Design, Architecture, Illustration, Set Design, Ceramics, Product Design, Website Design, Photography, Sculpture, Painting, Interior Design, Animation, Film and Media, Teaching, Lecturing, Landscape Design, Hairdressing, Fashion Design, Textiles and more.