Dauntsey's has introduced A level photography, to join fine art and history of art. The Art School now boasts a photographic studio with lighting frame, a dark room and a new computer suite with 12 Macs.

During the two-year Photography A level course, students acquire a range of skills including independence of mind and critical awareness in developing their own ideas; a knowledge and enthusiasm for Photography and Photography History; the experience of working in one or more of the disciplines of film-based photography, digital photography, and film and video; and an awareness of the role of photography in the 21st century, including display, function, audience, and consumer.

Creative and conceptually able students shied away from Fine Art and the need to develop technical manual skills. The introduction of A level photography has attracted students who would otherwise have abandoned a creative path

victoria rose, head of art


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.