King James' School


Head of Department: Mr M Sloan

The Department aims to create an environment in which students gain a sense of achievement and are encouraged to become involved in the cultural life of both school and community. We strongly believe that being skilled in art is not an inherited talent but gained through formative progression.The  Department has a tradition of underpinning all practical work with a critical understanding of both European and World Art. At GCSE & BTEC we regularly visit galleries and museums. Sixth Form trips are organised to London, Liverpool, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Barcelona and New York. A big exhibition showcasing the work of GCSE and A Level Art and Photography is held every summer in the Chaloner Hall.

 The Art courses are structured to develop students’ understanding of the language of Art and Design through a range of media such as printmaking, painting and ceramics. Homework is an important means whereby students may express their ideas and practice skills. In addition to GCSE and A Levels in Art and Design, the Department offers a BTEC in Art & Design and GCSE and A Level in Digital Photography. Many students are involved in a variety of clubs at lunchtimes or after school. Examination results at GCSE, AS and A Level are well above the national average. Many A Level students progress either to a Foundation Course in Art or to university courses in History of Art or Combined Arts.

Teaching Staff:

Mr M Sloan
Miss L Clayton
Miss L Clitheroe
Mrs S Hodgson
Mrs S Scaife

Technician: Mrs M Somerville