Visual Arts

Head of Department: Miss S Penfold

Department Introduction

The Vision for the ‘Visual Arts Department’ is to provide a broad informative and exciting curriculum in Art & Design for all students, of all abilities, throughout the Key Stages. We believe that all students are creative, and from this premise, we try to nurture and develop technical skills across all of the art disciplines of Fine art, Photography, Graphic design and 3D studies. Within lessons, students will build not only a range of skills but also develop their critical and contextual awareness of creative practitioners, art movements as well as expanding their comprehension of ideas.

We provide cultural enrichment and serve as advocates for the Visual Arts by presenting student exhibitions, trips and workshops.

The Visual Arts department is situated in the heart of the school overlooking the covered courtyard with an open plan studio design allowing students to collaborate across key stages and develop a sense professional art practice.

Students have access to a broad range of specialist resources and facilities including;


We offer a variety of courses at key stages 4 & 5 including; Fine Art, Graphic Design, 3D Studies and Photography. We prepare students for careers in many of the extensive possibilities within the ‘Creative Industries’.

Click here for exam board information on GCSE Visual Arts
Click here for exam board information on A Level Visual Arts

  • Open studio 5 nights a week for catch-up and carry on – All key stages
  • Links with UCA for workshops and collaborative projects
  • Theme based enrichment trips for key stage 3
  • Annual exhibition of 6th Form work – previously held at The Herbert Read Gallery and Beach Creative
  • Annual exhibitions of key stage 3 homework projects
Collection of Artwork

Students leaving Year 11 and 13 will be able to collect their artwork in the November after they complete their course. Please check back on this page in October 2022 for details of collection for 2022 leavers.

Please make every effort to collect your work; artwork not collected during the collection period will be disposed of by the school as the department does not have the space to store work beyond this date.