Students at every level of ability are encouraged to join in music, drama and the arts. All gain confidence as they explore different areas of self-expression and some discover unsuspected talents. Although this may lead some to follow academic courses to GCSE and IB, extra-curricular involvement in all forms of performance is open to anyone. A number decide to maintain their creativity by studying a related course at university, art college or drama school.
The Art Department occupies light and spacious accommodation in which students learn the techniques of drawing and painting as well as other skills including relief printing, the principles of ceramics and other forms of artistic expression. Art is a part of the curriculum for all children up to Year 9. Thereafter, it is a popular GCSE option and the Department enjoys great success through their purposeful and creative approach. Results are of a consistently high order and last year the department achieved 100% A*/A.
At GCSE the students are taught skills, methods and processes, and at IB level they begin to explore their own creative instincts whilst coaxing a high degree of skill. They are introduced to both contemporary and historically great artists whose work is used to inspire students’ ideas and ambitions. Through diligent and informed investigation, the students develop art works which are potent both in terms of their skill and ingenuity. Along the way, of course, there is considerable experimentation using different media and the scale of some projects is quite spectacular.
The Art Department operates an ‘open house’ approach for students who want to work in their free time and they are encouraged to follow their own interests such as photography. Students work is exhibited around the school and the senior students regularly exhibit at venues in the local area as well as taking part in competitions.