Physical & Creative

The Physical and Creative Faculty comprises of Music, PE, Art and Photography.

Music plays a huge part in the life of the school with the vast majority of pupils enjoying performing in the choirs or instrumental groups as part of their curriculum enrichment. Pupils wishing to extend their academic studies in the subject are able to take GCSE or A levels.

Physical Education is another subject which pupils enjoy inside as well as outside the classroom.

The department aims to excite, inspire and develop a keen interest in the creative process by offering a stimulating environment for a wide range of art practices. We believe that creativity is a vital part of education. We have a large, highly creative and industrious department consisting of 6 studios with designated rooms serving a wide range of disciplines. Pupils also have access to a wide range of critical studies resources that are used to inform the development of their creative practice.

Each of the Sixth Form pupils is allocated a personal work station. Access is available at any time and boarders can work there in the evenings and at weekends.   Pupil’s work is displayed throughout the school and there is an end of year exhibition of GCSE/AS/A level work. The understanding and use of the specialist vocabulary of Art is an integral part of our teaching.

Underpinning all the work is a belief in drawing and painting from observation whilst having a willingness to develop pupils’ personal work based on their own strengths and interests. This can take their work into both 2 and 3 dimensions.

Work in Year 7, 8 and 9 lays the foundations of art practice and develops skills as well as exploring methods and materials.

Pupils follow the OCR GCSE Art & Design Syllabus Through observational drawing and investigation pupils develop individual work using a wide range of materials, techniques and processes.

Students follow the AQA AS/A2 Art & Design syllabus covering several endorsements. The syllabus encourages candidates to develop their abilities imaginatively, creatively and intellectually through research, analysis, experimentation and an understanding of art and design in a contextual and cultural context.   Many students proceed to Foundation courses and BA (Hons) degree courses in both Art & Design related subjects and architecture.