Subject Leader: Ms J Prior


IMG_0006The Art Department remains judged as outstanding, based on the department review in 2015/16.

Ms Prior is the Subject Leader for Art.  Miss King leads the KS5 Art and Photography courses and Ms McAuley oversees the BTEC Art courses.  Miss Jones and Miss Boyd are full time Art teachers.  Ms Smith and Miss Tann are the Art technicians.

The department is well resourced with a dark room, and a 6th form computer suite. The Phoenix Gallery has proved an excellent addition to the department, as is the 6th form Art Gallery which has newly opened in the X block last academic year.


IMG_3706Ms Prior is an outstanding leader, driving the department forward.  The department are hard-working and there is a strong team spirit, with much collaboration within the department.

The quality of marking and feedback in Art is excellent as seen in recent book samples across key stages.  During the most recent Ofsted inspection an inspector highlighted the detailed and informative marking in Art work as exemplary practice especially with regard to the literacy marking.

Teaching and learning in the department is outstanding.  Lesson observations and learning walks confirm this.

There is close monitoring of student progress and detailed intervention tracking systems are in place, which all supports the excellent outcomes that student achieve.

The Phoenix Gallery and 6th form Gallery provide excellent evidence of the outstanding outcomes that students achieve in Art, Graphics and Photography.

External assessors remain highly complementary of the work studied/produced by the students and how well the work of other artists is analysed by students - they cite the opportunities to visit Art galleries as an excellent curriculum opportunity provided by the department.

The Art Department made a significant contribution to the school being reaccredited the Artsmark Gold Award.


The department offers GCSE Art and BTEC Art in KS4; A level courses are offered in Art and Photography and Graphic Design and BTEC Level 3 courses are also offered.

Exam results in the summer of 2016 were excellent. 

GCSE Art:  82% of students achieved A*-C, with 27% A*-A. 

A level Art: 100% of students achieved C+ with 80% B+ and 30% A*-A

A level Photography: 100% of students achieved C+

Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC: results were very pleasing, with a lrge number of students achieving Merit and Distinction grades.

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Students’ Views and Attitudes

Behaviour in art lessons is outstanding; there are excellent relationships between students and teachers in all key stages.  Students speak very positively of their experiences in Art and Photography lessons.

Students are confident to express themselves creatively within the classroom and they work well independently and in small groups. Students often come back voluntarily to complete art work in their own time, particularly in KS4 and KS5.


In September 2016, six students have started Art related degrees or Art Foundation courses, including three students going to Camberwell (for the third year running).

In September 2015, 6 students went onto Art Foundation courses.


Extra-curricular clubs run in KS3, including inter tutor competitions and MAGT Workshops.

The post 16 students organise and run an exhibition of their artwork at local galleries and have developed strong links with the University of the Arts London. There are also a wide range of trips to art galleries at KS4 and KS5.

Involvement with art projects in the community, such as Rivers of the World (British Council) and Cheam Library.  A display of ceramic poppies at the war memorial in Cheam village took place in November 2014 for the centenary celebrations.  The school displays artwork each year at the Youth Art Exhibition in Sutton.

Future Developments

Developing the new A Level courses according to specification changes.

Developing links between Art, Maths, Science and Technology (STEAM).

Maintaining uptake of Art and Photography students in this new political climate.