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Art and Photography
Department Aims
The Art and Photography Department aims to provide students with an enjoyable and meaningful curriculum. This will develop their artistic and creative skills through the observation and exploration of the visual arts. We want to develop students’ imagination and expectations of themselves and others and appreciate cultural diversity in our society, to enable students to gain a greater awareness of the world they live in.
Department Ethos
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’ Scott Adams
Department Staff
Mr Y. Duncan (Head of Art) - Teacher of Art and Photography
Mr M Bush - Teacher of Art and Photography
Mrs J. Dusha-Teacher of Art
Mr P. Sach-Teacher of Art and Technology
Key Stage 3 Information
Students are taught in mixed ability classes for Years 7 to 8 and the work is developed through thematic projects focusing on developing skill and imagination. All key stage 3 students have one sixty minute lesson per week. Art clubs are always available during lunchtime and after school for all students to further develop their creative skills.
Key Stage 4 Information
At GCSE level, students have five sixty minute lessons, every two weeks. In Year 9, 10 and 11, the Art Department has two GCSE Art classes as well as one Photography class. Students are encouraged to spend extra time during lunch breaks and after school in the Art Department to develop their work. We achieved 89% A*-C GCSE Art passes in 2016 with over 37% of students gaining A or A* grades. We use AQA exam board.
Key Stage 5 Information
There are currently 19 AS/A2 students studying Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communications and Photography. In 2016, we achieved 100% AS/A2 passes to least C grade, with majority of students achieving their ALPS target grades. For Fine Art, all AS/A2 all students gained at least an A or A* grade. We use AQA exam board. In January 2016, all A level art students were successful gaining places at Foundation courses for September 2016. Every student in 2016 who applied to a Foundation course or a degree in Art has been successful, including a place at Camberwell School of Art and Liverpool University.
Out of School Activities
The Art Department has organised trips for all GCSE, AS and A Level Art and Photography students to London. We have visited the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Photographers Gallery, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. We have regularly visited Horniman’s Museum in Forest Hill, London. We are currently exploring February 2017 drawing weekend in Kent.
Any other Information

Homework is set every half term at Key Stage 3 during the first lesson. A homework booklet which contains four pieces homework is set and the students are expected to complete it within four weeks. In key stages 4 and 5, homework is set by each class teacher every week.
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