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Art and Photography

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A vibrant atmosphere

The lively and dynamic space of the Alexander Arts Centre bustles with activity. Pupils can develop their creativity and freely express themselves in a nurturing environment.

There's an emphasis on contemporary practice and theories that inform art, as well as practical skills. Pupils are encouraged to keep a thematic workbook during the year to document their artistic journey. Alongside regular visits from artists and photographers, there are also specialist workshops, gallery trips and location shoots throughout the year.

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No one pupil is the same. We help pupils discover their strengths and encourage a full exploration of their talents.”

— Richard Cuerden (Director of Art and Photography)

100% A* at GCSE and A-level

500+ pupils taking Art and Photography

GCSE

We offer GCSEs in Fine Art and Photography, which follow the OCR Art and Design course. This cultivates recording in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, video, installation and printmaking, as well as written explorations of ideas and critical thinking. Our Photography GCSE requires pupils to develop a critical understanding of the works of significant artists and photographers through research and referencing, in addition to developing practical and technical knowledge. 

A-level

A-level Art offers value to a wide range of pupils, not only those who might choose a future career in the creative arts. This innovative course integrates practical work and art history/contextual studies. This course is designed to be a mix of traditional, digital, and contemporary conceptual practices. It is designed with Art School Foundation and direct entry degree courses in mind, and prepares students for later specialisation in areas such as fine art, graphic design, printing, photography, ceramics, illustration, architecture, fashion and stage design. 

Academic Life

Creative spaces

In the Alexander Arts Centre there are specialist and teaching areas for photography, ceramics, life drawing, printing and textiles. The works of pupils are regularly exhibited for the enjoyment of the whole school in our Burstow Gallery.