Photography Overview


Head of Faculty: Mr P. Baxter

Our creative studies offer, which is core to our ethos, encompasses Art, Design and Technology and Drama. These subjects offer invaluable opportunities to develop the skills of self-expression through the creation of artefacts and performance. Not only of great worth in their own right, these skills transfer well to other facets of human life. Students learn organisational and planning skills and most importantly, confidence in their own decision making and capacity to develop and present their own ideas and concepts.

Our creative subjects occupy around one fifth of the lower school curriculum. The Faculty offers GCSEs in Art, Art Textiles, Drama, Food and Nutrition and Design and Technology. At Advanced Level the comprehensive offer incudes Advanced Level Art, Art Textiles, Drama, Design and Technology, Film Studies and Photography.

  • Year 12 A Level Photography Overview

    During our A Level Photography course students will  develop independent thematic projects based around a variety of starting points such as Sanctuary, Environments, The Self, Abstract and Conceptual Art and Still Life. Students develop themes that interest them and allow for sustained focus.

    At A Level Students begin with a series of workshops in order to develop a practical and conceptual understanding of the camera.  They will then develop independent portfolios of work working through the creative process from Records of Observation (PHOTO SHOOTS), ARTIST RESEARCH, EXPERIMENTATION, IDEA DEVELOPMENT and DESIGNING to the creation of a FINAL OUTCOME.

  • Year 13 A Level Photography Overview

    During the Autumn term of year 13 learners conclude their extended personal investigations and related studies. They focus on consolidating portfolios and designing meaningful and emotive final outcomes.  This project makes up 60% of their overall grade.

    In the February of Year 13 learners begin an Externally Set Task. This is a project set by the exam board that culminates in a 15-hour exam. This exam project makes up 40% of their overall grade.

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