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All pupils studying Art at St James’ benefit from project work  that explores a wide range of skills and media to produce work in areas such as ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional and written analysis of the work of other artists and designers.

The Department is equipped with three powerful computers, colour printers, scanners and digital cameras to enable students to develop ICT skills in this subject area.

KEY STAGES 4 and 5

Further studies in Art lead to GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications, which can include larger-scale 3D work, figurative, imaginative and abstract painting and digital photography. The work is highly exploratory, critical and the historical study is of a sophisticated level, responding to contemporary thinking in art. Observational drawing of the portrait and figure is taken to a very high level.

A significant number of our A Level students go on to study the subject in higher education by completing an Art Foundation Course at some of  the UK's  top Art colleges before specialising at  Degree Level.

Student's Art work  is displayed around the corridors of the school showcasing to visitors and pupils, the talents of our students.

Students also have the opportunity to work with visiting Artists in Residence. At GCSE and A Level students also make several visits to galleries and museums to influence ideas for coursework. At the end of the course, students’ work is displayed at an exhibition to which Governors,friends, family and the wider school community are encouraged to visit.

Our aim as a department is to nurture the development of imaginative, inventive and independent work at every level


Art Club is run every week after school. This is an opportunity for all pupils to complete project work and receive extra support.