The teaching staff in our Art Department embrace the Bauhaus ethos, which gives equal status to all artistic disciplines. Students are taught by a range of specialists and the breadth of knowledge among the teaching team is core to each success.

Observational drawing is, however, at the forefront of teaching, since it underpins all art and design disciplines. The department is very proud of the standard of figurative work in particular.

In the Lower School, the emphasis is on mastering technical skills, exploring materials, techniques and processes. Upper School teaching promotes conceptual thinking and independent study, encouraging both traditional and contemporary art forms, from oil painting to dance performance pieces.

Art has stretched me intellectually more than any other subject. I nearly didn’t take it but am so pleased I did.

Jim, fifth form


Recently, pupils have gained places at the Ruskin School of Fine Art in Oxford, Goldsmith’s at the University of London, Central Saint Martins, The Bartlett UCL, The Royal School of Drawing, Manchester Metropolitan University and the elite Charles Cecil Studios in Florence.